The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) has moved its largest annual fundraising event to an online platform. This annual auction supports the museum, allowing it to continue its proud history of supporting local artists throughout the Puget Sound, as well as continuing to provide programs and educational experiences for everyone to enjoy.
BID – This year they’ve expanded their fine arts auction to include more than 100 pieces of local Pacific Northwest art, craft, and unique experiences. Artworks are comprised of an eclectic mix of regional artists, including Victoria Adams, Kathryn Altus, Gayle Bard, Romson Bustillo, Marceil DeLacy, Joe Max Emminger, Steve Jensen, Anne Schreivogl, Preston Singletary, Kurt Solmssen, Barabara Earl Thomas, Dion Pickering Zwirner, and contemporary artist and Seattle Sounders goalkeeper, Stefan Frei. Experiences range from trips to Palm Desert, an overnight stay in Puget Sound’s oldest lighthouse, private events, and lessons in studios and art spaces around the region.
BUY – In addition to the auction, they’ve added a Collectors Marketplace, which will feature one-of-a-kind affordable art, craft, jewelry, antiques, and collectables from around the region. Items in the Marketplace will not be up for bidding—once they’re purchased, they’re gone.
October 1-4, 2020: Exclusive Members-Only First Access gives BIMA members an opportunity to bid on auction items and purchase via the Collectors Marketplace prior to general public access. If you’d like to become a member, click here.
October 5-11, 2020: Auction and Marketplace are open to the general public. This event begins at 10a.m. on Monday, October 5th and runs through 5p.m. on Sunday, October 11th.
This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase distinctive and beautiful items for your home or office, or as gifts for your loved ones, as well as supporting the museum so that it can continue to remain free for all visitors.
A bit about BIMA – The desire to create a center for our regional culture and artistic talent began in 2009. The concept was more than a museum though. The founders, who came from all over the Kitsap community, wanted a place that connects our cultural diversity and history with contemporary art. The dream became reality, when the Matthew Coates designed building, which is a work of art in itself, opened its doors in June of 2013. The museum houses a Permanent Art Collection which includes works by artists from the Puget Sound region, as well as recognized and emerging artist exhibitions throughout the year. One of their more distinctive galleries, is the Sherry Grover Gallery which features BIMA’s Artist’s Book Collection—this is a relatively underserved medium in the art world, featuring three-dimensional “books” created through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, textiles and storytelling.
In addition, they offer classes, tours, films, workshops, lectures, concerts, educational programs for K-12, including teen programs and internships, senior programs, and events—the majority of their regular programs have been moved to online platforms to provide access to anyone and everyone (unfortunately, there will not be any in-person events for the foreseeable future). Click here to learn more.
In the year of Covid-19, the museum has gone to great lengths to expand their programs and further their reach on a local, regional and national level. Their popular drop in art making program “Art In Action” now has over 60 virtual videos, and they’ve created a variety of Zoom field trips and teacher training programs accessible to schools near and far. To learn more about #BIMAfromHome programs, click here. The museum store has also expanded its reach with its new online shopping experience, click here to shop all the amazing art, jewelry, apparel, accessories, books, and much more.
The museum is opened daily from 10a.m. to 5p.m., and follows all state and local guidelines, please click here for more information.
The museum is located at 550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 ( on the corner Highway 305 and Winslow Way).
Bid & Buy for BIMA is made possible by generous support from Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Laird Norton Wealth Management, Hearthstone CPA Group, Town & Country Market, Wells Fargo, Stoel Rives, Puget Sound Energy, Susan Wiggs, Edward Jones: Christy Givans and Patty Perez, Fairbanks Construction Company, and The Marshall Suites.
*Images used with permission from BIMA