Cast Your Vote For The Something New VI People’s Choice Award!

Something New VI image courtesy of AHBArts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) is pleased to announce that online voting is now underway for the People’s Choice Award for Something New VI. Every year the People’s Choice Award gives our community a chance to decide which sculpture speaks to them the most. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning artist. Voting ends April 1, 2024.

The Something New program provides both a dynamic public art experience and an ongoing opportunity for sculptors from around the Pacific Northwest to exhibit their work. New pieces are selected and rotated into these permanent locations annually, bringing “something new” to Bainbridge Island each year.

Leaf Spiral by Ken McCall and Abstract Woman by Ed McCarthyWaterfront Park hosts two different sculptures: Leaf Spiral by Ken McCall and Abstract Woman by Ed McCarthy. McCall says Leaf Spiral is inspired by “The autumn leaves swirling down from the many trees in my hometown of Boise, ID.” While McCarthy’s Abstract Woman is “A piece from a study of the female form that I conducted. The simple form of Abstract Woman #1 highlights strength and resilience.”

To learn more about Ken McCall visit:
https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/public-art/leaf-spiral/
https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/artist/ken-mccall/

To learn more about Ed McCarthy visit: https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/public-art/abstract-woman/ and https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/artist/ed-mccarthy/, Video: https://vimeo.com/ahb2019/edmccarthy

Prehistoric Dragonfly by Leon White - Aeon by Bruce and Shannon Andersen - Strawberry by Charles FitzgeraldLeon White’s Prehistoric Dragonfly can be found outside City Hall. Depicting an Aluminum and Glass Dragonfly, White said, “I was inspired to create this sculpture of a Dragon Fly enlarged from life size to this monumental representation.”

To learn more about Leon White visit: https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/public-art/prehistoric-dragonfly/ and https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/artist/leon-white/
Video: https://vimeo.com/ahb2019/leonwhite

Located at the South Madison Marina Overlook, Aeon is made from stainless and weathering steel and was created by Bruce and Shannon Andersen. “Andersen Studios is the collaborative studio practice of Bruce Andersen and Shannon Andersen, a Pacific Northwest artist team with a history of producing permanent public artworks.”

To learn more about Bruce and Shannon Andersen visit: https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/public-art/aeon/ and https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/artist/bruce-and-shannon-andersen/

Strawberry by Charles Fitzgerald is located in front of the Town & Country Market. This ‘pop art’ sculpture of a strawberry on a fork is intended to honor and represent the berry industry in the northwest,” said Fitzgerald.

To learn more about Charles Fitzgerald visit: https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/public-art/strawberry/ and https://www.bainbridgecurrents.com/artist/charles-fitzgerald/

Votes can be cast online at bainbridgecurrents.com or by using the QR code located at each sculpture. More information on each artist and sculpture can also be found at www.bainbridgecurrents.com/public-art.

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AHB logoA little history about AHB: In the mid-1980s, Rita Kepner, a Bainbridge Island sculptor, saw a need for a centralized organization that would support and promote the island’s creative community. She began by working the phones, contacting the leaders of the island’s arts community and quickly discovered that they too saw a need to centralize their efforts and support one another.

With the early assistance of Erika Szigethy, Rita organized a group of leaders to tackle the issues at hand. After two years of animated and sometimes contentious discussions, the group decided to create an arts council. In March 1986, the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council (BIAHC) was officially created. In 2014, BIAHC was renamed Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB).

In 1989, the first Arts News newsletter was published by B.I. Arts Council, and by 1992, Arts had become a collaborative publication, which was mailed out free to all island residents. In 2000, Arts became Currents Magazine. Over the course of seven years—between 2012 and 2019—Currents Magazine was re-designed and updated as a color publication, which also included an Arts Calendar and was distributed quarterly.

Under the leadership of Patty Bell, AHB Board President and Anne Smart, former AHB Executive Director, the legacy created by the print magazine inspired Arts & Humanities Bainbridge to create an online platform that would expand on similar content and be available to everyone on and off the island, and in 2019, AHB launched Currents Online and issued its last print magazine.

*Images and information provided by AHB

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