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 is proud to present Len Eisenhood: Signs of Welcome, Paintings from Bloedel Reserve, 2023 – Painter and paper marbler Len Eisenhood will exhibit a series of works for the month of November. Mr. Eisenhood created the new work during his current residency at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Once the estate of a timber mogul, the Reserve is exquisitely landscaped and is rated as one of America’s ten best botanical gardens. During his residency as a “Community Creative” Mr. Eisenhood has painted dozens of works on paper that he marbles himself and conducted workshops that include making art, journaling and confronting our intimate relationship with Nature. The Gallery is located at 181 Winslow Way East, Suite F.
Vitalize Kitsap presents Somewhere Under the Rainbow, a unique art installation and immersive silent disco. This show will be one of the first events of its kind at the new Buxton Center for Bainbridge Performing Arts. The event is from 5-9pm (with a sensory-friendly hour from 5-6pm), no reservations are necessary, headset rental by suggested donation. This is an inclusive event for people of all ages and abilities and is open to the public.
Island Life Artisan Gifts After a very busy summer season filled with travelers from all over the world, Island Life Artisan Gifts is ready to get back into the rhythm of welcoming guest artists during the First Friday Art Walk. For November, they’re delighted to welcome encaustic artist Simone Weldon. Simone will give us a glimpse into the encaustic painting process, demonstrating the application and fusing of the wax with heat, and manipulating the challenging wax medium. Several of her works will be on display and available for purchase.
Having grown up near rivers and lakes in Germany and currently residing on Bainbridge Island, Simone draws inspiration from her proximity to water. She appreciates the renewable nature of encaustic art, utilizing natural materials and minimizing waste. For Simone, working with the encaustic medium is not only a form of artistic expression but also a means to establish a profound connection with nature. Join them for creative community and conversation. (and while you’re at it, sample some new tasty treats now available in their shop, too!) More event info here. Island Life is located at 488 Winslow Way East.
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts (BAC) is proud to present special exhibition of New Work by Leo Adams. According to the Museum of Northwest Art: A member of the Yakama Nation and one of Eastern Washington’s most acclaimed artists, Leo Adams is a uniquely gifted painter and designer whose house overlooking the Yakima Valley has long been considered a Northwest treasure. In 1962, when he was just 19 years old, Adams received honorable mention at the Bellevue Arts and Crafts festival along with top Northwest artists of the day. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Adams lived in Seattle, showed his work at Richard White Gallery (later Foster/White), and was discovered by designer Jean Jongeward (1917-2000), who made the young artist’s paintings a signature element of her high-end interiors. In 1970 Adams bought a parcel of land on the northern edge of the Yakama reservation and began building a house. Constructed with modest means and salvaged materials, the building reflects the characteristics of the surrounding landscape and Adams’s creative imagination. Since 1972, he has lived, worked, and exhibited his paintings there, and the house has been featured in many architecture and design publications and countless periodicals. Adams is also noted for his interior design work.
The exhibit will run from Nov. 3-26, 2023, stop by for the opening on First Friday Art Walk, Nov. 3rd from 6 to 8pm and First Saturday Art Talk in the gallery on Nov. 4th from 1 to 2pm Call 206-842-3132 to reserve your spot to attend! You can also check out their recorded Art Talks on the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts YouTube channel! New releases every month. @biartscrafts. BAC is located 151 Winslow Way E.
KiDiMu – Join KiDiMu for First Friday Art Walk on Friday, from 1-7pm! All kids and kids at heart are invited to come create art and play. This is a “Pay-What-You-Will” at the door event. KiDiMu is located at 301 Ravine Lane.
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) – In honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), BIMA will have an array of activities for visitors to enjoy. Visit the community ofrenda (altar) and pay respect to a passed loved one, or learn how to make oif calavera papel picado (cut paper skull). The fun doesn’t stop there—stop by the museum for music, food, and more!
The museum will stay open until 8:00 p.m. on Friday for the Art Walk (this includes the BIMA Bistro, serving beer, wine and snacks, and the Museum Store). BIMA is located at 550 Winslow Way E.
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty – Will exhibit the work of visual and theatre artist, Steven Fogell with a special reception that will also feature poet Adam Rabinowitz, who will read works created to blend the art on canvas and the spoken word. Sotheby’s is located at 240 Winslow Way E.
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).
*Images and logos provided by FFAW participating businesses, artists and BIDA
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