BAC Artist News

BAC artists Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring to appear at Eagle Harbor Books on Mother’s Day

Chandler and Jessica will be at Eagle Harbor Books on Sunday, May 14, 2017 to talk about their new book Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color. Based on the inspired Dead Feminists letterpress posters, which have a cult following, O’Leary and Spring look at 24 women who’ve changed the world, tying the historical women and the challenges they faced into the most important issues of today. See the event invitation here.

Keeping a Tradition Shipshape: Handcrafted Creations for the Mantel—or the Bathtub” – Edmonds Beacon
Check out this article on BAC artist Tom Case, whose seaworthy model boats and ferries are an ever-popular staple in our shop. Keep ’em coming, Tom!

BAC artist Kristin Tollefson’s work featured in the BAM Biennial! Congrats Kristin! Check it out here.

BAC artist Shirley Moss awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
We couldn’t be prouder of Shirley – a tireless volunteer at the Port Townsend Food Bank. Says Shirley, “I’ve been volunteering at the Port Townsend Food Bank since 1997. I was the Assistant Manager. About 6 years ago I became the Manager. I oversee 90 volunteers and not a cent goes to anybodies wages.” The award for lifetime achievement comes for 4000 hours of service since 2004.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art has an upcoming juried show called “Pressing Matters,” and is open to artists from the western states. The media is limited to printmaking and artist’s books, and the deadline for submissions is July 30, 2016. The full prospectus and information is available on the museum’s website: by entering “pressing matters.”

The Port Townsend School of the Arts is looking for interesting programming and Faculty for the upcoming school year. If you are a working artist/instructor we would love to hear from you. Our start-up, non profit learning center is located in beautiful Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington. The school’s programming committee is meeting to consider the schedule for class offerings for Fall 2016 and Winter/Spring 2017. If you have a passion, discipline or vision for the visual arts and would like to teach this, we would like to hear about your ideas. Your classes or workshops could be from 1 day to on-going weekly meetings. Contact Max Grover via Facebook or I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Congrats to Diane Walker on two juried exhibitions this summer:

1Entering the mystery

Diane Walker, “Entering the Mystery.”

Rainy Day View has been selected for the EAFA 2016 Juried Open Exhibition, which runs at the Mercer Gallery on Mercer Island from its opening (June 9, 6:30-8 pm) until July 23rd.

Entering the Mystery and Evening Fire were selected to be shown at the Anacortes Arts Festival’s Arts at the Port Juried Exhibition, July 30 – August 7.

 Check out the many museums and galleries that are featuring Karen Hackenerg this summer!

Great article on artist Mike Biskup in Amadeus Magazine.

Congrats to BAC artists Cameron Snow, Denise Harris, and Kay Walsh.

Check out their show at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art!


Check out Christine Helle Cott’s new book The Trouble with Neighbors.


Follow Amy D’Apice’s blog – an intimate look at the artist’s process.


Sydni Sterling awarded Best of Show at CVGdomenica

This prestigious Mayor’s Best of Show award is hard earned and highly coveted. After winnowing through 800 initial applications and 130 accepted works, the judges picked Sydni Sterling’s Domenica for this top honor at the 2016 Washington State Juried Art Competition & Show. We are so proud to represent Sydni’s work here on Bainbridge Island. Stop by and see more of her paintings at the BAC gallery. To check out all of the winners at the CVG show, click here.

Sydni Sterling, Domenica. Image from the CVG website.


GendreauRaymond Gendreau wins Purchase Prize Award at CVG

Yet another BAC artist has won an award at the 2016 Washington State Juried Art Competition & Show. Raymond’s cyanotype Finding Focus won the Kitsap County Arts Board Purchase Prize. Congratulations Raymond!

Raymond Gendreau, Finding Focus. Image from the CVG website.


jeannie-galleryBAC artists featured at Women Painters of Washington Gallery – Columbia Center Building

BAC artists Jeannie Grisham, Carole Barrer, Suzanne Kueckelhan, Beverly Starkovich, Susanne Werner and Cathy Woo all have work on display Jan-March. Stop by and take a look! Check out the Gallery here!

Jeannie Grisham. Image courtesy of the artist.


Technology Advancing Glass (TAG) Grant Applications Due August 5, 2015

gasTechnology Advancing Glass provides an annual research grant to an artist or group of artists exploring new materials, techniques, making methods, or applications of technology that will generally advance the field of art made with glass. Last year we received 38 unique and innovative proposals for the first-ever TAG Grant. The committee is looking forward to seeing what this year’s applicants will bring to the table!

Project proposals are open for ideas such as: new materials, production techniques, safe shipping techniques, new tools, adhesives, ways to create glass sculpture animated with electronics… and beyond. Proposals are limited only by the imagination of our artists.

For more information, visit _Grant.html or call the GAS office at (206) 382-1305.

Elizabeth Reed Smith, August 4 – September 27, 2015 at Bloedel Reserve

Elizabeth Reed Smith ImageWebArtist Elizabeth Reed Smith can look through a forest and see a single tree–along with its tiniest branches and leaves. She said, “I’ve always been intrigued by the way the structure of a leaf allows it to fold against the weather and how shoots become saplings and, in turn, trees.” Her pen and ink drawings and engravings capture these intricate details. More info

Elizabeth Reed Smith. Image courtesy of the artist.

ChristineHellaCottThompson-whitesugar-webChristine Hella Cott Thompson Wins Best of Show

Christine’s White Sugar, won ‘Best of Show’ at the Sidney Gallery in Port Orchard in their annual Helen Norris Open Art Show.  Her work is currently on display at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and the Bainbridge Library.

Christine Hella Cott Thompson, White Sugar. Image courtesy of the artist.

Boathouses Photography 2014 framed 33" x 25"Colleen Meacham at the Queen Anne Art Walk

Colleen has  10 pieces in the Queen Anne Art Walk, which is up until July 30th.  Her pieces are on display at Castillo’s Custom Upholstery at McGraw and 7th.  Stop by and check them out!

Colleen Meacham, Boathouses. Image courtesy of the artist.

John Adams, MysteryJohn Adams wins Jurors Choice at Northwind

Congratulations to John Adams!

John’s watermedia painting Mystery has won the Jurors Choice Best of Show award at the Northwind Arts Center’s annual Alchemy of the Abstract exhibition.

john_adams_ultra_marine_webThe Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo is featuring John’s work for the month of July.

John’s watercolor Ultramarine will be  included in 17th Annual Art Port Townsend Juried Art Exhibition, Expressions Northwest, which will be held from July 31 to August 30 in Port Townsend, Washington.

John Adams, Mystery. Image courtesy of the artist.
John Adams, Ultramarine. Image courtesy of the artist.

Joan Stuart Ross in Provincetown

Artist Joan Stuart Ross will be presenting at the Ninth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA, this summer.

Joan’s illustrated talk will be titled, “Depth and Dimensionality: Eight Contemporary Artists.” More info at Stuart Ross, Boats Quarto I

Excited for Joan and loving her new work, now on view at BAC as part of our June show, Our Town.

Joan Stuart Ross, Boats Quarto I, 2015. Encaustic on wood. Image courtesy of the artist.

Karen Hackenberg joins WEAD

Congratulations to BAC artist Karen Hackenberg, who is now represented by the Women Environmental Activists Directory (WEAD). Check her out.

ArtsWAArtsWA public artist roster competition is open

Applications and guidelines are now available online for the Washington State Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places 2015 Public Artist Roster Competition. This open competition establishes our roster of professional artists eligible for commissions of site-responsive works of art at K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies throughout Washington.

Application deadline is June 23, 2015. Get information and apply online here.

Michael Frey, DoorwayMichael Frey in B&W

Four of Michael Frey’s photographs have been selected for inclusion in the upcoming edition of Black & White Magazine. This one, titled Doorway, was featured in our June 2014 exhibition Big Black & White.

The print edition will hit newsstands in May; images are viewable online at In the category of Architecture/Interiors, check for #120 (Doorway) and #149 (Old Boat Houses). In the category of Still Life/Objects, check for #168 (Puget Sound Sail) and #274 (Lamp in the Window).

Peggy Vanbianchi at The Grand Canyon

Congratulations to Peggy Vanbianchi, who was selected to participate in the 2015 artist-in-residence program at The Grand Canyon National Park. The program offers professional artists the opportunity to spend three weeks on the North Rim of Grand Canyon in housing provided by the National Park Service. There are 40 artist-in-residence programs within the park system for artists to work in quiet solitude surrounded by the inspiring landscapes of our Nation’s National Parks.

Peggy, will we fit in your suitcase?

Raymond Gendreau, Cover Guy

Love this story on BAC artist Raymond Gendreau in the March 13 edition of Kitsap Week! Raymond’s photographs are on view this spring in the Bistro at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

Norimi Kusanagi at Bainbridge Public Library

Pressed flower artist Norimi Kusanagi has a solo show this month (March 2015) at Bainbridge Public Library. Read all about her in the Bainbridge Island Review, and find her beautiful cards here at the gallery.

Karin Schminke in Big Picture MagazineKarin Schminke in Big Picture

Great article on Karin Schminke’s work in the latest issue of Big Picture magazine – they did a wonderful job of encapsulating her approach to digital art. Read it here, page 6.

Holly Ballard Martz speaks on ‘The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human’

Holly is among eight artists participating in the current exhibition at Seattle City Hall, The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human: Destigmatizing Mental Illness. This incredible show is up through February 27, and Holly will be giving a talk from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, February 20.

For more information about the exhibition, see

Lita Kenyon featured in Kolaj

In from Lita Kenyon: “Just wanted to let you know that my collage work is being featured in the current issue of Kolaj Magazine. Issue #11. Find pictures of the spread at

Congratulations, Lita!

2015 CVG Show Awards Announced

Congratulations to all of this year’s CVG Show Award Winners, including BAC artist Christine Hella Cott Thompson! Christine’s painting Mountain Stream won the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest Best of Kitsap Award. The exhibition is up through Feb. 28 – be sure to stop in to Collective Visions Gallery to see Christine’s work and that of many more BAC artists.

Elizabeth Reed Smith in Lustrous Lines

Congratulations to Elizabeth Reed Smith, who reports, “I am honored to have been accepted to the touring exhibit Lustrous Lines, which starts at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, Calif., this year and travels on to other venues.  Forty-one metalpoint artists have been selected. This also ties in with a large exhibition at The British Museum.”

We’re now showing several of Elizabeth’s gorgeous silverpoint works as part of A Room with a View, up through February 2.

Karen Hackenberg ArtTalk at BIMA

The engaging Karen Hackenberg, whose work is up now at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, has an upcoming ArtTalk with Gary Fagin. Catch “Watershed Moments: The Art of Karen Hackenberg” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 3 at BIMA.

Raquel Stanek, Flower VotivesDecember 5-7: Visit BAC artists at the Studio Tour and Bainbridge Working Studios

Don’t miss these BAC artists when you’re out and about this weekend. At the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour you’ll find Erica Applewhite, Diana Cronin, Paula Ensign, Terry Siebert, Robert Spangler & Birgit Josenhans, Terry Siebert, Rick Stafford, Sydni Sterling, Anna VonRosenstiel, and Kay Walsh. At Bainbridge Working Studios you’ll find Raquel Stanek. All this following the First Friday Art Walk. A great weekend for local art!

Raquel Stanek mosaic flower votives, 2014.

BAC woodworkers at the BAM Biennial + shout out to Seth Rolland

Curtis Erpelding, Aaron Levine, Seth Rolland, Brian Watson, and Helga Winter were all selected for this year’s Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial, whose theme is Knock on Wood.

BAM established this juried biennial exhibition in 2010 to highlight the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftspeople. This year’s exhibition runs through March 2015.

And this just in from BAM: Seth Rolland has also been named this year’s winner of the John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence! Seth will have the opportunity to host his own solo exhibition at the Museum. Stay tuned.

Congratulations, all!

Karen Hackenberg at IslandWood

This just in from Karen via Facebook on November 3: “So happy to be back at IslandWood, B.I. as an Artist-In-Residence this week! Developing a painting of the ubiquitous floating water bottle to share with the 5th and 6th grade kids who found the bottle discarded in Blakely Harbor.” Visit Karen’s Facebook page to see more.

Lynn Brunelle, Mama Gone GeekLynn Brunelle: Mama Gone Geek!

Congratulations to BAC artist Lynn Brunelle, whose latest book, Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Parenthood, hit stores on October 28. We’re planning a special Lynn display as we speak.

BAC artists at BIMA

Stop in to experience the new exhibitions at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, where you’ll find many BAC artists! Larry Ahvakana and Karen Hackenberg are each featured in solo exhibitions, and Jennifer K. Mann, Nikki McClure, and Julie Paschkis are part of Children’s Book Illustrators 1: Point of Entry. It’s an exciting season up the street.

Helga WinterHelga Winter in October

From now through November 4, Helga’s sculptural paintings and turned wood will be on view at Imogen Gallery in Astoria, Ore.

(You’ll also find both right here, right now at BAC. Wink.)

Helga Winter, Portable Stories, 2014. Paper. Gallery photo.

Shane Miller, The Cloud CollectorShane Miller on The Cloud Collector

If you haven’t stopped in to our October sculpture show, please do – it’s a real treat. Incredibly diverse but fully cohesive.

Shane Miller has two pieces in the show, one titled The Cloud CollectorCheck out Shane’s blog for insights into her imagery, symbolism, tools, and processes. Then come see the piece for yourself. Shane sure tells a good story.

Shane Miller, The Cloud Collector, 2014. Etched metal and mixed media. Gallery photo.

Professional Development with Artist Trust

Artist Trust LogoLooking to give your arts career a boost?  Artist Trust at Large can help. In this free presentation, Artist Trust At Large speaker and artist Dayton Knipher gives you the scoop on how Washington State artists of all disciplines can utilize Artist Trust’s essential resources, grants, career training and tips, exhibition and performance opportunities. You’ll walk away with a clear idea of how to make that next (or first) step in your arts career, a sense of support from Artist Trust, and information on how and where to get your career questions answered.

Thursday, September 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m. at the Shelton Timberland Library, 710 W Alder Street in Shelton. FREE. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Dayton, or visit the Artist Trust website.

Barrer, Grisham, and Sagar To Appear in This Year’s Expressions Northwest Show

Work by BAC artists Carole Barrer, Jeannie Grisham, and Dawn Sagar has been selected for inclusion in this year’s Expressions Northwest, an annual juried exhibition of work by Northwest artists. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Executive Director Greg Robinson served as juror. Artists from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska submitted 313 works, of which Greg selected 77. Congratulations, all! The show runs August 1-31 at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

John Adams, ArrivalJohn Adams Watercolor Show

BAC artist John Adams has an exhibition of recent watercolors at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo.

Opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 12 and will feature a live band, wine and appetizers. The art will remain up through August 3. A fun Saturday summer celebration of art and color! If you prefer a quiet preview, John will be working at the gallery from 2-5 p.m. Thursday, July 10.

John Adams, Arrival. Image courtesy of the artist.

Harry Ableman Wins Prestigious Photography Award

This just in from Harry Ableman, who will be part of our June show Big Black &  White:

Harry Ableman, August Mist“I wanted to share the great news that August Mist, in this exhibit, was just awarded Highly Commended in the 2014 USA B&W Landscape Photographer of the Year international competition. This is my second international recognition of this caliber (International Conservation Photography Awards 2012 -1st place) and I feel truly honored to have been selected by some the Worlds’ most renowned photographers for the accolades.”

Congratulations, Harry. We can’t wait to exhibit this work.

Susan Wiersema at BPASusan Wiersema’s Theater Cats at BPA

Congratulations to Susan Wiersema, who has a solo show at Bainbridge Performing Arts in May. Be sure to stop by the BPA lobby during the First Friday Art Walk on May 2.

Jennifer Mann debuts Two Speckled Eggs

Jennifer Mann, Two Speckled EggsHooray for Jennifer Mann, who can now add children’s book author to her list of excellent life achievements.

Catch a debut reading of Two Speckled Eggs – an Indie Next kids pic this spring – on April 27 at Eagle Harbor Book Co.

Also of interest

BAC jury process

BAC artist roster

Artists’ Almost Perfect Sale

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Karen Hackenberg, Fish Farm (detail). Gouache on paper. Image courtesy of the artist.