From galleries to monthly art walks, studio tours, and performances, Bainbridge Island is alive with arts and culture. The library and the local bookstore feature books written by many island residents, and “the Garden as Art” is celebrated with the annual Bainbridge In Bloom garden tour.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND MUSEUM OF ART
In 2014, only one year after opening, BIMA was rated one of “America’s Best Small-Town Art Museums” by Travel & Leisure. The focus is on artists and collections from the Puget Sound Region with commitments to making art available to everyonea as well as to sustainability (on track to becoming the first LEED Gold–certified museum in Washington.) Major exhibits change three times a year and the calendar also full of classes, films, workshops, lectures and events. The museum has its own bistro for wine, beer and light meals, plus a xx-seat auditorium. Located one block from the ferry terminal, free admission, open seven days a week and available for private events. biartmuseum.org
PLEASANT BEACH MARKET AT LYNWOOD CENTER
In addition to shops, restaurants, historic movie theater and a DIY dog wash, you’ll find an assortment of playful statues and metal sculptures featuring child-sized mice, cats, leaping salmon, fountains, and more. See how many you can find! Don’t forget to look at the clock!
BAINBRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS
Home to the island’s oldest theater organization with a full season of plays, musicals, improv comedy and visiting performers. There is an active theater school, and the lobby doubles as an art gallery, a regular stop on the First Friday Art Walks. bainbridgeperformingarts.org
BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network)
This new center for craft and invention is just one year old, and already offers classes, workshops and work space for the following studios: book arts, electronic & technical arts, fiber arts, glass arts, jewelry & fine metals, kitchen arts, media arts, metal arts, printmaking, woodworking & small boat building and writers. Check their calendar for special guest workshops and youth programs. The center is carefully designed to promote cross-promotion of ideas among the various artisan groups. bainbridgebarn.org
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
The library building itself features more than a dozen permanent art installations as well as a monthly exhibit in the large event room, with an opening each First Friday. The works of dozens of local writers are among the collection. A part of the Kitsap Regional Library system, the Bainbridge branch offers a calendar jam-packed with events, workshops and educational opportunities. Visitors can register for a guess pass to access library computers. krl.org
EAGLE HARBOR BOOK COMPANY
An independent book store since 1970, this cozy store offers the latest titles in every genre including a large children’s section. Watch for the wall of staff favorite picks. The store supports more than 70b local book groups and carries books by dozens of island writers. Their calendar features on or two author readings each week, plus other special events. Open 7 days a week, Mon to Fri: 10 am to 7 pm*; Sat & Sun: 10 am to 6 pm. *Store may stay open late for moms events. eagleharborbooks.com
ROLLING BAY HALL
Rolling Bay Hall offers monthly studio rentals, rehearsal/recital rooms, meeting space, and a versatile intimate Main Stage Theater (110 maximum audience) for music and theater events and private parties. Theater performances by Improv Theater and the Lesser Known Players and a variety of regional music produced by Spacecraft and the SoundArts Project. rollingbayhall.com
FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK
Centered in downtown Winslow, an easy walk from the ferry terminal, this monthly event involves local galleries, restaurants, and business. 6-8 pm. bainbridgedowntown.org
Holiday arts and crafts tours include the Summer & Winter Studio Tours and Christmas in the Country. The Grand Old 4th of July celebration also features a street fair with dozens of local and traveling artists and crafters, as well as a photography exhibit. You’ll find that there are opportunities to find local handmade art throughout the year on Bainbridge Island!