BIMA’s Kitsap County-wide Scavenger Hunt for Handblown Glass Floats is Now Underway

For the second year in a row, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is encouraging adventurous art lovers to head outdoors and discover art where they least expect it with BIMA’s Treasure Trek: A Glass Float Seek & Keep.

This June and July, 200 hand-blown glass orbs will be hidden on public lands across Kitsap County just waiting to be discovered and treasured by intrepid glass art enthusiasts. The rules are simple: you find it, you keep it! BIMA’s Treasure Trek launched last week (June 15) , and runs through July 13, 2024, with an initial float drop of 100 pieces and sporadic drops in the following weeks. Learn more at https://www.biartmuseum.org/treasure-trek/.

Working in partnership with Tacoma youth development arts non-profit Hilltop Artists, young glassblowers are created 200 unique glass balls stamped with BIMA’s logo. The balls, or “floats” (inspired by the glass fishing net floats used by Japanese fishermen), will be hidden in parks, on trails and beaches, and other public lands across the county thanks to the support of Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, Kitsap County Parks Department, Poulsbo Parks & Recreation, the Suquamish Foundation, and Clear Creek Trail. Never quite in plain sight, the floats could be behind a log, in a tree, in a hollowed-out stump, under a bush, or other spots that help camouflage the yellow, grapefruit-sized artworks. There’s no need to go tromping around off-trail, these translucent treasures will always be about an arm’s reach from marked pathways.

Seekers are welcome to keep one but are encouraged to continue to hunt and share photos. BIMA asks that those who find a float share a photo on Instagram with their float’s number and the hashtag #BIMATreasureTrek or send an email with the float number to treasuretrek@biartmuseum.org so that the museum can track which floats are still out there.

For a complete list of locations and rules, visit the Treasure Trek section of BIMA’s website at: https://www.biartmuseum.org/treasure-trek/.

New this year, BIMA will be hosting an exhibition of work by Hilltop Artists in celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary. Hilltop Artists’ 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Exhibition, will be open from now to June 30 and, like the museum, is free and open daily from 10 am-5pm.

BIMA will host a free public opening reception on June 22 from 5-8pm. Hilltop Artists was launched in the summer of 1994 at Jason Lee Junior High (now named Hilltop Heritage Middle School) in Tacoma. With the support of Hilltop parents and Tacoma-born glass artist Dale Chihuly, the art program has served local teens ever since, eventually partnering with Tacoma Public Schools and now operates two glass hot shops for up to 170 students per day. More information on the exhibition can be found at https://www.biartmuseum.org/exhibitions/hilltop-artists-30th-anniversary-pop-up-exhibition/.

TREASURE TREK RULES:

BIMA’s Treasure Trek is a you-find-it, you-keep-it event with just a few guidelines to keep it fun for everyone.

Finding:

The glass floats are hidden in public spaces such as parks and waterways—there’s no need to trespass, the floats will never be on private property. Trail-hidden glass floats can be found within a few feet of the trail, and floats hidden on beaches will be well above the high tide line.

Glass floats will never be hidden in ecologically sensitive areas or wetlands. Look up, down, and all around. The glass floats may be hiding off the ground in trees, behind logs, in a stump, or in other clever spots to trick seekers.

Hilltop Glass Artists at Work

Keeping:

Please keep only one float per seeker. And if you think of it, please post a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #BIMATreasureTrek and tag BIMA at @bimuseum.of.art or send a photo of you with your find and float number to treasuretrek@biartmuseum.org so BIMA can track which floats are still out.

LOCATIONS:

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Fort Ward Park – 2241 Pleasant Beach Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Grand Forest East – 9594 Mandus Olson Road NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Hawley Cove Park – 11001 NE Wing Point Way, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Manzanita Park – 7644 NE Day Rd W, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Strawberry Hill Park – 7666 High School Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

BREMERTON

Chico Salmon Viewing Park – 3121 Chico Way NW, Bremerton, WA 98312

Kitsap County Fairgrounds Trails – Fairgrounds Rd NW, Bremerton, WA 98311

HANSVILLE

Buck Lake County Park – 6959 NW Buck Lake Road, Hansville WA 98340

OLALLA

Anderson Point County Park – 8401 SE Millihanna Rd, Olalla, WA 98359

PORT ORCHARD

Howe Farm County Park – 1901 Long Lake Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Long Lake County Park – 5100 Long Lake Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA 98367

South Kitsap Regional Park – 2729 Jackson Ave SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366

POULSBO

American Legion Park – 19265 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Fish Park – 288 NW Lindvig Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Island Lake County Park – 1087 NW Island Lake Rd, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Nelson Park – 20296 3rd Ave NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370

SEABECK

Guillemot Cove Trailhead – 19484 NW Stavis Bay Rd, Seabeck, WA 98380

SILVERDALE

Clear Creek Trail – 9641 Levin Road, Silverdale, WA 98383

Kitsap County Anderson Landing Park – 10955 Warren Rd NW, Silverdale, WA 98383

Source Material: Courtesy of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art: … BIMA is supported through contributions by members and donors like you, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Laird Norton Wealth Management, Stoel Rives LLP, BIMA PRISM Fund for Cultural Programs & Celebrations.

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