Join the Bainbridge Public Library for the January 2024 First Friday Art Walk, featuring artist Beth Van Liere, hosted by her husband, Eldon, in her honor.

Bainbridge Public 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 Beth Van Liere, hosted by her husband, Eldon, in her honor. 

Eldon will host a “meet and greet” from 5pm-7pm on Friday, January 5th to open the new exhibit, “Beth Van Liere: a Retrospective”, for First Friday Art Walk

Elizabeth “Beth” Van Liere’s interest in art began at a young age while growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her creativity was influenced by her early education at a laboratory school for the University of Michigan’s School of Education, and after graduation, a trip of a lifetime with her mother. The pair sailed to France on the Queen Mary, and spent six months touring Europe, which greatly influenced her love of landscapes.

January 2024 - Beth Van LiereUpon her return, Beth attended the University of Michigan, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in 1962, and then went on to earn her Master’s Degree through Michigan State University in 1964. During a summer break, she attended an art school in Leland and met her husband, Eldon. The couple were married in 1962.

“She always thought she wanted to be an artist,” Eldon said in an October 2021 article by the Kitsap Sun. “She can be very charming, pleasant. When we first met, we talked for three hours. She went home and said she met the man she was going to marry.”

Beth and Eldon were avid travelers, visiting Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Netherlands, Italy and France. The latter was their favorite country to visit, and they returned 14 more times over the years. On those trips, Beth would paint their surroundings, especially the landscapes of France. She also painted landscapes in Michigan and later, Washington State.

Beth’s preferred medium was oil paint, however when she began having reactions to the turpentine, she switched to acrylics. In addition to oils and acrylics, Beth experimented with lithographs, drawings, gouache and watercolor.

In 2002, Beth and Eldon took their first trip to the West Coast, visiting Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, and Bainbridge Island. After driving around the island, they decided they really liked it and within a few days, they purchased a house here. They also built a studio for Beth with good ventilation, allowing her to return to her beloved oil paintings.

Sadly, Beth was diagnosed with a rare disease called Basal Ganglia Calcification, and by 2015, she was no longer able to paint. Eventually, Beth was placed at the Madrona House, where Eldon went to see her every day. When the Pandemic hit, he was no longer able to visit each day, and Beth passed away in 2020.

January 2024 - Beth Van LiereBeth was a prolific painter, creating more than 650 pieces, almost a 100 of which Eldon still has in storage. Her work was exhibited in multiple venues throughout Michigan, and in Delaware, Maryland, and Bainbridge Island. She was awarded the Michigan State University Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1994.

Eldon chose the library venue for the current exhibit because he feels, “It is a place that draws a varied audience,” and he would like to see Beth’s work out in the world, as opposed to having them in storage. The exhibit will include two lithographs, some acrylics, pastels, oils and a range of sizes, although Eldon notes, her larger works are too big for the space.

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

A portion of all sales is donated to the library.

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

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

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