Join the Bainbridge Public Library for the April 2024 First Friday Art Walk, featuring a group student show titled “The Artist’s Process”

Library LogoThe Bainbridge Public Library is dedicated to spreading the joy of reading and the discovery of ideas with not just our local community, but with visitors from near and afar. In addition, the library is fortunate to house beautiful local works of art both inside and outside the building. Each month the library celebrates a local artist (or artists) with an exhibit, which opens monthly on the Island’s First Friday Art Walk tour, and includes a reception hosted by the featured artist or artists.

The Bainbridge Public Library is proud to present an exhibit by a group of student artists taught by Gigi Godfrey

The students of Gigi Godfrey will host a “meet and greet” from 5pm-7pm on Friday, April 5th to open their new exhibit, “The Artist’s Process”, for First Friday Art Walk

The participating artists have taken painting classes at Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District with instructor Gigi Godfrey, and the show highlights the process and journey of making art. “Artists sharpen skills, find style, and experiment with new ideas during this journey,” Gigi shared. “Facing and overcoming challenges promotes personal growth. The artist embraces chance, welcomes uncertainty and values effort over results.

“It has been a rewarding and inspiring experience, and I am learning and growing as an artist through teaching,” Gigi continued. “The students are so receptive to learning new things and uniquely talented.  I felt it would be so fun to do a show to honor this.”

April 2024 FFAW at the LibraryParticipating Artists:

  • Kirsten Zawoysky
  • Dayle Houk
  • Kathy Levine
  • Pat Buhite
  • Renee Shepherd
  • Roberta Marshall
  • Kristine Kelleher
  • Susanne Bardelson
  • Dianne Lauer
  • Lisa Rogers
  • Ellen Toby
  • Jin Miller

“The idea is that not all the work is finished.  It’s about the ‘process’. Artists go through many years developing their skills and personal style. We work from a general process and add our own flair over time, with experience and time spent at the easel,” Gigi said.

All the participating students will exhibit work done in one of Gigi’s classes, the students are at varying levels of experience, and use oils or acrylics in their work. “Most of the work was done in one or two (2 ½ hour) classes. For this show each student is encouraged to show three pieces, finished or not,” Gigi explained. The artists may also include a short statement about their art journey. The show will feature some 20-minute sketches and a written tutorial on “Making a Painting”, which briefly describes the process of creating art through painting.

Gigi, a long-time islander, began to paint seriously after retiring from her career as a cardiac nurse, however, she’d been taking classes and instruction from local art centers and community colleges for more than twenty years, including Winslow Art Center, and is a member of The Strawberry Hill Artists Group (SHAG). She began teaching painting to adults through the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District in 2022.

The exhibit is available for viewing at the Bainbridge Public Library throughout the month of  April. The exhibit will be available during regular library hours.  For more information, please see the library website, www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org.

As always, thank you for supporting your Bainbridge Public Library and local artists. If you have interest in exhibiting your work, feel free to contact Linda Meier, art coordinator, at lindameier2000@gmail.com

***Content and images provided by Linda Meier, Bainbridge Public Library and Gigi Godfrey

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