Once a month, Bainbridge Island Downtown Association and the City of Bainbridge Island present the First Friday Art Walk.
Spend an evening experiencing all that downtown Bainbridge has to offer, enjoy visiting participating galleries and businesses, have a glass of wine or other refreshments at various venues, and whet your appetite with small plates offered by participating restaurants. The walk begins on Winslow Way (near the ferry terminal) from 6pm to 8pm.
This month’s featured business is The Art Project (soon to be Bainbridge Arts Gallery).
In January of 1948, the Bainbridge Island Review published an invitation to interested adults to attend a meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Hodges in Port Madison. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss forming a nonprofit organization focused around creative activities for the islanders. The idea was met with enthusiasm and by the end of the first year, classes were being offered in homes, studios and schoolrooms. These classes touched upon almost every aspect of artistic creation, from drawing, painting, wood carving, photography, china painting, creative writing…the list goes on.
By 1952, the volunteers of this program opened a retail space in the old Review Building, located in what is now the ferry holding area. The space became a gallery and was named Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, they held their first children’s art exhibit in 1954. In 1960 the gallery was extensively damaged and moved to the building that now houses Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, an additional move in the 1980’s put the gallery where it resides today.
In 2018, for BAC’s 70th anniversary, it gave itself a make-over. While remaining in the same location, the building was extensively remodeled, creating an upgraded gallery space and providing a more appealing retail environment.
Although the name was changed from Bainbridge Arts & Crafts to The Art Project, the 70 year-long mission remains the same – to provide an engaging community-driven organization focused on art and creativity.
The gallery remains a nonprofit organization, and is thankful for the many donors that help support its programs; which include scholarships, support for local school art programs, talks, classes, demonstrations and exhibitions.
*Artwork provided by Bainbridge Island Downtown Association