Join the Bainbridge Public Library for the November 2022 First Friday Art Walk, featuring “The Strawberry Hill Artists Group”

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 

Strawberry Hill Artists Group Show November 2022 at BPLThe 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 

Susan Arens

Roberta Dueno

Thomas Duncan

Bill Fulton

Alison Kettering

Margaret Wright-Niemann

Gregg Onewein

Thea Peterson

Sue Shoemacher

Ellen Toby

Laura Firman

Linda Golden

Gigi Godfrey


“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.

Strawberry Hill Artists Group“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.”

Margaret Wright-Niemann November 2022Life 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 (

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,

Library LogoAs 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 and Margaret Wright-Niemann

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