First Friday Art Walk – December 1, 2023

Art Walk December 2023 (1)Winslow Way and surrounding area, Downtown Bainbridge Island
First Friday of every month, 6 to 8 PM

Spend an evening experiencing all that downtown Bainbridge has to offer. Many galleries, shops and businesses will be participating this month showcasing the art of our talented creative community. Afterwards, stop by one of our many restaurants for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, or dinner.

Enjoy an evening with a stroll through downtown visiting your favorite businesses and restaurants, shopping for gifts or items for yourself and your home. The walk begins on Winslow Way (near the ferry terminal) from 6PM to 8PM, see below for a taste of what some of our local businesses are doing:

Jeffrey Moose Gallery  proudly presents pastel paintings and prints by Jeffrey Moose for the months of December and January. A reception will be held First Friday, December 1st from 6-8 PM. A Facebook video tour will run from about 5:20 to 5:40.

Jeffrey Moose December 2023 and January 2024Originally inspired by French artist Odilon Rédon, whose works are in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection, Mr. Moose began using pastels while in school in Chicago, eventually creating a series of plant studies for his senior thesis. Working from orchids in the collection of his roommate, Mr. Moose enlarged them to monumental sizes, some as large as six feet high. A pair of these paintings will be on display as well as a couple of the 4×4 foot pastels made in the late 80’s in Brinnon, Washington, on the shores of the Hood Canal.

While in Brinnon, Mr. Moose took some of the abstract backgrounds of his florals and put them into the foreground as subject. Inspired by the powerful energies of the Olympic Peninsula, and images from deep space, the series developed as a spiritual reaction to the fresh new environment. Joseph Campbell, Native American masks and imagery were also inspirations. Five of these works were photographed and made into high quality digital prints which will be on display. The Gallery is located at 181 Winslow Way East, Suite F.

Island Life Artisan Gifts - Claudine Carmel - December 2023Island Life Artisan Gifts – Help us get the Holiday season in full swing! Join Island Life Artisan Gifts as they welcome Bainbridge Island artist Claudine Carmel for a meet and greet during Winslow Way’s First Friday Art Walk. Claudine will share details of her process in creating her mesmerizing resin/acrylic pieces, which really must be seen in person to appreciate their depth and detail. Don’t miss original pieces that will be available only during this event.

Enjoy libations, samples of local tasty treats, and the spirit of the season! Island Life is located at 488 Winslow Way East.

BAC December 2023Bainbridge Arts & Crafts (BAC) is proud to present Elements Exhibition, featuring Jeffrey Brown – furniture, Mary Lee Hu – sculptural jewelry, Natalie Niblack – paintings, and Reid Ozaki – ceramics. BAC is located 151 Winslow Way E.

Reid Ozak has been creating finely crafted ceramics, influenced by the ceramic traditions of Japan, for nearly 50 years. “From very early in my life, I have been surrounded by the traditional Japanese arts. My strongest influence was my grandfather’s love of Bonsai, gardens and plants. When I started my ceramic career, this very naturally led to an interest in the art of Ikebana, then to Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The study of the Tea Ceremony and the making of the utensils are the key to the aesthetic I am trying to understand. “

Mary Lee Hu was Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Mary Lee Hu earned a B.F.A. degree in 1965 at Cranbrook Academy of Art and an M.F.A. in 1967 at Southern Illinois University, where she first explored weaving wire—a characteristic of her jewelry. Hu creates unique jewelry by weaving metal threads as if they were textiles. Over the years, her style has evolved, but her techniques and materials have remained consistent; her hands are her primary tools.

Jeffrey Brown is a self-taught artist and metal smith, and has been working with fire and metal for over 35 years. Originally a studio jeweler producing one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by nature and artisans encountered in his many world travels. Over time his work has evolved … “My art is everything I am not, it’s quiet, minimalist and even elegant.”

Natalie Niblack, from her Explosion Series: For the past decade, my work has addressed the experience of living in the Anthropocene. Much of my work has focused on the oil and gas industry, and the threat it poses to the survival of the biosphere.  In my paintings, prints, and sculpture, I have emphasized corporate indifference to CO2 levels, oil spills, and exploding trains and pipelines…Over time, my work has incorporated the effects of climate change on social unrest, wildfires, plastic pollution, and vulnerable species.

Meet Me There by Lily Bobek - Furnish Bainbridge December 2023
Meet Me There by Lily Bobek – Furnish Bainbridge December 2023

Furnish Bainbridge – is showcasing the work of artist Lily Bobek. Lily’s work has taken on a new dynamic inspired by Bainbridge and the PNW. Her abstracts draw out the various colors of land and sea in peaceful worlds of reflection. “I love creating mysterious abstract worlds and landscapes,” she said. “I love discovering scenes that I didn’t intend. It’s the unknown element that brings life for me when I’m creating an abstract painting. I like to offer freedom of imagination to the viewer to interpret. I love to hear what each viewer sees and feels.” Lily often experiments in her art, trying new things with each painting, and following her intuition, which allows the work to “surprise” her as it develops. You can also find Lily’s paintings at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Gift Shop. Furnish Bainbridge is located at 400 Winslow Way E, Suite 110.

KiDiMu Gingerbread HousesKiDiMu – Holidays at KiDiMu – Sock Skating and Gingerbread Houses! Come slip and slide on our faux skating rink. Take off your shoes and skate along the slippery surface in your socks or design and build your own gingerbread house! Graham crackers, icing, and candy will be provided. KiDiMu is located at 301 Ravine Lane.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA)  – December 1st and 2nd – BIMA’s Winter Night Market – Join them on the plaza for lights, music, food, and shopping—enjoy vendors from all over the PNW! The event includes: DIY activities for all ages, Live music & performances, Holiday themed drinks for all ages, Keep warm in one of our fire pit zones, FREE movies in the BIMA auditorium, FREE photo booth…and more! BIMA is located at 550 Winslow Way E.BIMA's Winter Night Market

Fletcher Bay Winery Tasting Room – Will exhibit the work of Daley Trost. Fletcher Bay Winery Tasting Room is located at 500 Winslow Way E. #130.

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For up-to-date information on events, visit the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association’s online calendar at: https://bainbridgedowntown.org/events/art-walk/

Fob Fridays – many local businesses downtown are participants in Fob Fridays (Bainbridge Island Senior/Community Center members receive 10% on Fridays with their BISCC fob).

FFAW Fob Fridays and BIDA logoBainbridge Island Downtown Association (BIDA) coordinates the First Friday Art Walk, as well as many other events, click here for a full list of ongoing events.

*Images and logos provided by FFAW participating businesses, artists and BIDA

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