Join the Bainbridge Public Library for the July 2023 First Friday Art Walk, featuring the Wednesday Art Group

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.

The Bainbridge Public Library is proud to present an exhibit by the WEDNESDAY ART GROUP

The 11 artists will host a “meet and greet” from 5pm-7pm on Friday, July 7th to open their new exhibit, “Creativity Through Friendship” for First Friday Art Walk

Wetlands by Pam Harrison - July 2023 FFAW
Wetlands by Pam Harrison – July 2023 FFAW

“It all started at a kitchen table in 2017. Pam Harrison asked me for some private lessons in colored pencils, and a few art lessons became an ‘every Wednesday’ getting together to work on our art.

Pam had artist friends she invited to join us, Joyce and Janice, and the little kitchen table became a gathering of artists with different skills, styles, and ideas. 2020 came with Covid and the lockdown. The kitchen table needed to become virtual. First, WAG became virtual through the Winslow Art Center via Zoom. Thanks to the Winslow Art Center, we added a few more members, but it came to a point where we needed to become independent. Today, we’re still meeting over Zoom, for our members that live in Arizona, Oregon, and California.

A Moment in Four Four Time by Susan Wiersema - July 2023 FFAW
A Moment in Four Four Time by Susan Wiersema – July 2023 FFAW

We’ve been sharing our artwork by creating postcards and mailing them to each other. Single-handedly we are keeping USPS still in business. We also have a weekly word prompt. A word or phrase is chosen as an inspirational starting point to keep us working on a piece of artwork during the week. Some are busy, but it’s a great starting point if one of us has a case of artist’s block.

Today, we are a group of 11 artists of diverse backgrounds, styles, and artistic levels. I hope you enjoy this sampling of our artwork, and if you’re an artist with artistic friends, think about getting together to share ideas and skills while traveling along your artist journey. Your mental well-being and art skills will thank you.” – Lead artist, Susan Wiersema

 

The Artists:
Susan Wiersema
Marlene Dorfman
Jo Ann Falker
Joyce Gauss
Pam Harrison
Valerie Kellum
Melinda McLaughlin
Chewelah Nett
Janice Runyan
Rose West
Cindy Whelan

The Wednesday Art Group’s work can be viewed during the month of July in the library meeting room and on the library website, www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org.

A portion of 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 lindameier2000@gmail.com

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

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