1st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration at BIMA!




BIMA Event


In partnership with City of Bainbridge Island, Race Equity Network, Bainbridge Island School District Multicultural Advisory Council

An afternoon celebrating the ideals, memory and vision of Martin Luther King Jr.  Join our all ages event that will include a diverse sampling of music, food, artwork, age appropriate activities for kids, presentations and guest speakers from throughout our community.

For more information visit www.biartmuseum.org

Here’s What’s Happening this Weekend!

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At the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

February 11th & 12th | 10-5pm

Free Admission

A special two-day pop-up shopping event at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art featuring some of the area’s most popular jewelry artists, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  PLUS! Live music both days by Laura Silverstein and a special runway event at 1pm on Saturday.  Come to explore this huge range of styles and prices, talk to artists and friends and wander the museum with beautiful music lilting through the galleries.

For more information visit www.biartmuseum.org


Cupid’s Walk

Bloedel Reserve
7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-7631

February 11, 12 & 14, 2017

COST: Included with admission ($15 for Adults | $10 for Seniors (65+) and military)

Couples receive special pricing ($5-off per couple)

 Take a romantic walk around Bloedel’s landscaped gardens. With a special map highlighting the best kissing spots along the trails, this is a perfect way to sneak a peck and ignite the spark!

For more information visit bloedelreserve.org

Wine on the rock

February 11th and 12th | 12-5

Wine on the Rock presents:  Red Wine & Chocolate .

Treat your Valentine (or friend) to a special wine tasting weekend! Join all seven Bainbridge Island  wineries for wine and chocolate the weekend before Valentine’s Day. Some wineries will have live music and each winery will be pairing their wines with local chocolates.  Ticket purchase is good for both days .
(one visit at each winery or tasting room)

 For more information visit bainbridgewineries.com/winerytours







BIMA Winter Open House!

Join the BIMA for a full afternoon of artsy fun and celebrate Founder Cynthia Sears’ birthday!

Activities start at noon, and it’s all free!

Saturday, January 14th | 12:00pm — 4:00pm 

For more information visit www.biartmuseum.org


What’s Happening At The BIMA…


smARTfilms is an ongoing BIMA program fostering community and conversation through film.

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Join BIMA for six weeks of foot-tapping fun as we explore the genre of classic movie musicals during our fall smARTfilms series. From the mistaken identities and unrequited love to battles between the Sharks and the Jets, every movie is a masterpiece of music on film. Come early for dinner in the Bistro (optional, not included in ticket price) and stay late for a facilitated discussion about the evening’s film. And if you really want to be transported, be sure to attend our opening night screening of the Marx Brothers classic “Animal Crackers” with special guest Frank Ferrante (Groucho: A Life in Revue, An Evening with Groucho).

Come early for dinner featuring soup, salad, nightly specials and dessert. Seatings start at 5pm. Reservations recommended–call 206-451-4011. Dinners are not included in ticket price.

Auditorium opens at 7:00
Film starts at 7:30


Purchase a Series Pass and Save! Purchase your series pass HERE.

Sept. 20  Animal Crackers  tickets
Opening Night! See the classic Marx Brothers film Animal Crackers with special guest host Frank Ferrante – star of An Evening with Groucho.

Sept. 27  Gold Diggers of 1933  tickets

Oct. 4  Top Hat  tickets

Oct. 11  Stormy Weather  tickets

Oct. 18  On the Town  tickets

Oct. 25  West Side Story  tickets

 here is the link to find out more about this event:  https://www.biartmuseum.org/education/smartfilm


2016 Bainbridge Island Museum Of Art Auction~ June 10-11

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June 10, 2016 – 6pm

Come show your support for BIMA at the 2016 Auction Weekend kick-off event!  Please join in on a night of Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live music, while bidding on a alluring collection of silent auction items.

Tickets are $50 per person.


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June 11, 2016 – 5:30pm

Food on Film at BIMA

During the month of April (and the first week of May), the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is hosting a series called Food on Film, which begins with an optional dinner and features a culinary themed film. It highlights a selection of seven delicious, food-themed films that are sure to make your mouth water. Our curators will try to capture a representative view of films that reflect food as an essential part of the human experience.

Movies begin at 7pm every Tuesday in April, and admission is $10. Dinner is an additional cost.

Highlighted Films Include:

Babette’s Feast – April 12th

Big Night – April 19th

Eat Drink Man Woman – April 26th

Sideways – May 3rd


St. Patrick’s Day Fun (And Other March Activities)

Bainbridge Island students of art between 5th and 8th grade are encouraged to register for and participate in BIMA’s After School Art Class. On Mondays from 2pm – 4pm, the BIMA classroom becomes a studio for young art.

Learn technique from professional local artists, concentrating on different styles of art with each visit.

  • March 14th – Drawing from Still Life
  • March 21st – Design with Pattern: Color and Form
  • March 28th – Mask Making

Students can participate for $25/session; all materials will be provided.

Bloedel ReserveCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day at one of the greenest places on Bainbridge Island! Andy Navage, Director of Horticulture at Bloedel Reserve, will spend two hours guiding a beautiful informational tour for locals and tourists alike. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about local foilage, this is the tine to do it! Held on St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday, March 17th), at 10:30am.

Treehouse Cafe, located in Lynwood, is hosting Hunter’s Moon on March 17th, beginning at 4:00pm, for 21+ only. Hunter’s Moon brings together four internationally touring and recording musicians for a once-a-year multi-instrumental trans-Atlantic session. William Pint has been a prominent figure in Seattle Celtic bands since the 1970’s, when he relocated from Milwaukee. A first rate singer, guitar, bouzouki and mandolin player, he now tours the world with Vashon Island (WA) native Felicia Dale, who plays whistle, hurdy gurdy and bodhran. Mike Freeman started life in Manchester (U.K.) and now lives and tours from Kilkenny Ireland. He brings percussion of all kinds to the mix, along with guitar and mandolin. He tours with Alaska-born Tania Opland, a multi instrumentalist who lists guitar, hammered dulcimer, violin, recorders and mandolin among her armoury of instruments, and who possesses a voice of great clarity and depth.

Instrumentally superb, vocally magical, this combination is a Celtic powerhouse – it’s an Irish music party you don’t want to miss. The band has been the mainstay of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at FX McRory’s landmark Pioneer Square pub for many years, but refurbishment at the venue this year means Hunter’s Moon are on the loose!



An Evening With Teddy Roosevelt at BIMA

An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt

An Evening with Teddy Roosevelt

On Tuesday, November 17th, head down to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s auditorium for a night of education, history, and laughter. For $125/person,  enjoy delightful hors d’oeuvres prior to a presentation from renown humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson. In character as Theodore Roosevelt, he will portray the nation’s 26th president in the Chautauqua method.

Best known for his award-winning historical impersonation of Thomas Jefferson, and his National Public Radio Jefferson Hour, Jenkinson performed as Jefferson last year in a sold-out BI Historical Museum event.  Additionally, Jenkinson was an historical advisor featured on Ken Burns’ PBS Special, The Roosevelts.

Don’t miss this one-night-only event this year.

A Grand Celebration with Matthew Coates

A jester on stilts and an Oompa Loompa (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame) greeted guests at the front doors of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) last night, December 13, for a lavish evening to remember hosted by BIMA architect Matthew Coates.

In a kind of thank-you gesture, which happened to fall on the 6-month anniversary of the Museum’s opening, Coates pulled out all the stops to celebrate the impressive achievement of those who created the Museum, as well as those whose creations it was created to showcase.

As if the art itself was not adornment enough, the party featured a live Marie Antoinette serving table; intricately appointed mimes in green, blue, red, and gray; a magician full of surprises; a lively band; and twinkling holiday decor. Champagne, martinis, and wine flowed freely, as did the schmoozing among museum supporters.

Chef Greg Atkinson, his wife Betsy, and their Restaurant Marché crew dished up delicacies that included oysters on the half-shell, mushrooms on a bed of phyllo dough, steak kabobs, Brussels sprouts with squash, bacon-wrapped dates, and mini sandwich thingies with fresh greens. The “hearty appetizers” were followed by a colorful array of unusual and tasty desserts, such as plum cake, green tea cake, and chocolate balls.

An evening highlight was the presence of artist Gayle Bard, whose bold work is currently exhibited in the Museum’s lovely second floor space.

More surprises ensued. Coates presented founding visionaries Bill Carruthers and Cynthia Sears  with original art works by Gayle Bard. With help from three volunteers, the magician levitated a woman about 1.5 feet out of her chair with what appeared to be a genuine Reiki-like energy. And going again with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme, Matthew Coates surprised the crowd with a secret hidden golden coin in one of the boxes of chocolate handed out to guests. The winner received a hardbound copy of BIMA’s book A Singular Vision, about the Gayle Bard exhibit.

In another display of thanks, the Coates Design crew was treated to appreciative applause for their work on the Museum building.

Executive Director Greg Robinson proudly announced the Museum’s tally of 32,000 visitors thus far, and stated for the record that it would continue to welcome visitors free of charge through 2014. Robinson also told me about his journey from jobs in more renowned museums to the rewards of working for the fledgling BIMA, where he said he has the creative freedom to curate shows without the dictates of large prepackaged touring exhibits that often appear in more established venues.

Judging by the presentation of the two current exhibits by Richard Jesse Watson and Bard, in addition to the permanent displays, Robinson is doing an exquisite job of displaying an eclectic mix of artistic work with coherent narrative, thematic integrity, and aesthetic appeal, while optimizing places for visitors to engage with and contemplate what they are seeing.

The architectural achievement of the Coates design was evident in the versatility of the space as an appealing party venue in addition to a forum for displaying top-notch art, from hanging sculpture, to intimate viewing boxes, to large-scale paintings, and more.

The Bard and Watson exhibits run through January 5, 2014.

Article Written by: Julie Hall, December 14, 2013, www.insidebainbridge.com

We Are So Happy To See You BIMA

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art — with a focus on regional art, especially work from the western side of Puget Sound — opened Friday, June 14. How one woman raised more than $15 million and spent five years making her art-museum idea a reality: http://seati.ms/11Vcl5F

(Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)