The 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 The Strawberry Hill Artists Group
The artists will host a “meet and greet” from 5pm-7pm on Friday, November 4th to open their new exhibit, “From Our Inventory” for First Friday Art Walk
The Strawberry Hill Artists Group got its (informal) start more than 70 years ago, holding their weekly meetings at a participant’s home. In the late 1980s, the group moved their gatherings to Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation District’s (BIMPRD) Strawberry Hill Center at Strawberry Hill Park, and has been sponsored by BIMPRD ever since.
They are comprised of a diverse group of people, ranging in age from their late 50s to their 80s, whose backgrounds include retired academics, health care professionals, religious leaders, professional artists and more.
Featured artists for the November First Friday Art Walk
“We are a gradually changing group of 9 or 10 artists, of all ages, who meet on Friday mornings at Strawberry Hill art center to practice drawing from the unclothed model,” says
Gregg Onewein, who has been the acting facilitator of the group for more than 20 years.
“Our styles are quite varied from abstract to impressionistic and non/objective,” says Margaret Wright-Niemann, one of the groups long-standing participants. “…we do not have an instructor (per se), but do have ‘critiques’ and review each other’s work. We have always hired professional artists’ models from Seattle who serve as models for college and art schools and groups.”
Life drawing is a traditional practice that many artists maintain throughout their careers, and the Strawberry Hill Artists use a variety of mediums and media to create their art, such as pen and ink, oil, pastel, and watercolor. The exhibit will display drawings and paintings of diverse subjects, including landscapes, portraiture, still life, florals, abstracts, and impressionistic works.
The artists’ abilities vary from hobbyists to experienced and the group is open to adults of all ages. Meetings are held each Friday at 9:30am at Strawberry Hill Center (7666 NE High School Road). For more information, visit the website at: Adult Drawing & Painting | Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (biparks.org)
The exhibit is available for viewing and sale at the Bainbridge Public Library throughout the month of November. 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 email@example.com
***Content and images provided by Linda Meier, Bainbridge Public Library and Margaret Wright-Niemann
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