Spring Bazaar and Open House at the BARN Sat. May 11, Photographer Paul Brains Exhibits at Senior Center

By Jennifer Hemmingsen

The artisans at BARN are gearing up for the first-annual BARN Spring Bazaar and Open House on May 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 50 members will be offering handcrafted items for sale, including glass art, jewelry, art prints, fine wood items, embroidered jackets, fiction and nonfiction books, blacksmithing and metal items, ceramics, and much more.

Michelle Tucker in her studio
Jeweler Michelle Tucker in her studio on May 3. Michelle is one of more than 50 BARN members who will be displaying and selling items at the Spring Bazaar on May 11.

“The Spring Bazaar is a fantastic platform for BARN members to showcase their work and connect with the community,” says Kate Henderson, Membership & Volunteer Manager at BARN. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our members to display their creations, interact with visitors, and share the stories behind their craft.”

This new event builds on the success of BARN’s annual Holiday Bazaar, which attracts hundreds of people to the nonprofit makerspace each fall. All the artisan vendors are BARN members and keep 100% of the proceeds from their sales.

“The variety and caliber of artists we have are amazing,” adds jewelry artisan and vendor Michelle Tucker. Bazaar is special; it’s an event where you’re buying from the makers — the people who personally crafted the items.”

Kitchen Studio artisans will be making food for purchase. Admission is free, and no registration is required. Many vendors are experienced artisans who have been honing their craft for years. Others are beginning their artistic journey. For some, like 15-year-old glass artisan Elsie Girard, Spring Bazaar will be their first time displaying and selling their work.

“I like working with glass because even if you make a mistake, you can work it out,” says Girard, who will be selling fused and mosaic glass. In the Glass Studio last Friday, she was putting the finishing touches on some necklaces. She pointed to a large cobalt teardrop pendant, “It wasn’t supposed to be like that, but I like how it turned out.”

Elsie Girard works in the BARN Glass Studio on Friday, May 3. Girard will be one of more than 50 BARN member vendors at the May 11 Spring Bazaar and Open House.
Elsie Girard works in the BARN Glass Studio on Friday, May 3. Girard will be one of more than 50 BARN member vendors at the May 11 Spring Bazaar and Open House.

All of BARN’s 10 studios will be open to visitors during the event, with volunteers available to answer questions, offer insights into various crafts and techniques, and share information about how to get involved.

“Bainbridge has such a rich culture of art, artistry, and making,” notes Henderson. “Events like this are an opportunity for the community to show their support and get inspired.”

Located at 8890 Three Tree Lane NE on Bainbridge Island, just off New Brooklyn Road, BARN serves as a hub for creativity and craftsmanship in the community. With a diverse range of artisan studios spanning electronic and technical arts, fiber arts, glass arts, jewelry and fine metals, kitchen arts, media arts, metal fabrication, print and book arts, woodworking and small boat building, and writers, BARN is committed to growing and inspiring a creative community through craft, learning, and service.

For more details and a list of vendors, visit https://www.bainbridgebarn.org/bazaar


Check out Island Photographer Paul Brains Exhibit at the Senior Center

Says Paul about his work, “My show is titled “Patterns & Details,” and emphasizes shapes, colors, and composition rather than subjects: ducks, leaves, ice and more—all taken on Bainbridge.”

Sakai Cottonwood seeds and Alder Cones

“I have done lots of photography as a volunteer for the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, including being chief contributor for two books (that) benefit the organization: “Thirty Walks on Bainbridge” and “Natural Bainbridge.” I post at least one picture every day on Facebook where I have over 540 friends. Copies of my early photo book “Four Seasons on Bainbridge Island” are available at a steep discount at the BI Senior Center.”

Brains exhibit will be featured throughout the entire month of May.


Brains’ interesting-looking Ice Fossil image












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