Tiffany Thiele Will Shed Light on Her Creative Process at Saturday Demo

Tiffany Thiele.

Our final Artist’s Insight session of July will feature fused glass artist Tiffany Thiele. The event will take place this Saturday, July 22, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at BAC. Tiffany will  assemble a piece in progress and show others in various stages of completion as she shares the process of creating kiln-formed glass.

Tiffany’s beautiful glassworks provide the 3D aspect in our current show, Translucent. The exhibition includes artists John Adams and Mike Biskup, both watercolorists with unique approaches to the fluid medium.

Glass vase by Tiffany Thiele.

In Tiffany Thiele’s hands, glass is apparently a fluid medium as well.

Her delicate vases appear to defy gravity with strands of color stretching upward, and translucent plates and platters seem to float off the table when the sunlight shines through them.

Glass platter by Tiffany Thiele.

Learn how heat and gravity create the varying effects and forms of the final works in Tiffany’s demo on Saturday. No reservations are necessary and the event is free,  but we welcome your donation to further support our mission of providing free art education and outreach to the Kitsap region. We’re grateful to The Suquamish Foundation for their generous support of our Artist’s Insight Series.

Photos courtesy of the artist.

John Adams to Demonstrate Watercolor in Free Session Saturday

John Adams

In the second of three Artist’s Insight sessions this month, watercolorist John Adams will paint a Pacific Northwest inspired landscape while sharing specific color mixing techniques and an introduction to design principles and elements. The event will take place this Saturday, July 15, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at BAC.

John is one of three featured artists in our current show, Translucent. The exhibition includes glass artist Tiffany Thiele and watercolorist Mike Biskup.

Says Adams, “This work represents my current interest in using watercolor lightly mixed, saving the white paper as part of the design and creating an area of interest or attraction in each work. I paint the things I am most attracted to—light falling on a variety of subjects from the mountains to the coast, along with florals, are favorite inspirations for my work.”

John Adams, The Mountain with Wildflowers. Watercolor.

Adams has taught watercolor classes in the Northwest for 30 years and presently teaches weekly classes through the Bainbridge Island Parks Dept. and Peninsula College in Port Townsend. He is a signature member of both the National and Northwest Watercolor Societies.

No reservations are needed for the watercolor demo and discussion—just drop in! The event is free, but we welcome your donation to further support our mission of providing free art education and outreach to the Kitsap region. We’re grateful to The Suquamish Foundation for their generous support of our Artist’s Insight Series.

Photos courtesy of the artist.

Two Artists Join the BAC Family

Brooke Borcherding, Under the Shelter of Fall. Acrylic on wood. Image courtesy of the artist.


Originally from Southern California, Brooke lives and works in Seattle, focusing on painting from life and transforming studies into larger studio pieces in a style she calls her “deconstructions.”  “I have always been inherently drawn to the things that surround me where I live,” says Brooke. “I took my easel outdoors for the first time in 2009, observing and learning from both nature and my plein air painting peers while earning a BFA from the University of Oregon in 2010.”

Largely self taught in landscape painting, the artist deviated from the academic and theoretical in order to express “what is real, what is everyday, and embrace the often overlooked beauty that is right in front of us. My goal is to create an engaging visual scene that dances between the real and the inevitable unreal of paint on a canvas.”

Patti Christie, The Reserve. Pastel on panel. Image courtesy of the artist.

Olympia, Washington native Patti Christie is a fine arts graduate of The Evergreen State College and has been involved in visual arts programs in the Seattle School District since 1997. Growing up as a child with regular visits to the Washington coast, the tones of the dunes, grasses, sky, and ocean heavily influences her work. The colors are soft with little evidence of defined lines, allowing the viewer a sense of belonging to a time of day and season. Her work has evolved from landscape to today’s latest pieces that are more abstract yet retain her core belief in visual beauty.

“The paintings are simply meant to evoke a moment of repose. My work is an interpretation of what I see and know. Mostly about shape and color they are without social commentary or hidden meaning, meant to put the viewer and painter at ease.”

We welcome Brooke and Patti to the fold, and invite you to experience their dynamic works in our gallery soon!

Three Artists Bring Translucence to BAC in July

As the bright sunshine and vibrant colors of summer finally take charge over what has been a doggedly gray year in the Northwest, our gallery, too, will be filled with luminous color and light during our July exhibition.

Translucent will showcase three artists: watercolorists John Adams and Mike Biskup, and glass artist Tiffany Thiele.

John Adams, Color Field. Watercolor.

Seattle area artist John Adams discovered an affinity for watercolor in 1975 in a freshman college course. He’s been painting in the medium ever since, and came full circle by 1996, when he started teaching watercolor courses himself.

John Adams.

Still painting and teaching regularly, as well as working as a graphic designer, John brings his unique vision of the natural environment to his works—both abstract and representational.

“This work represents my current interest in using watercolor lightly mixed, saving the white paper as part of the design and creating an area of interest or attraction in each work,” says John. “I paint the things I am most attracted to—light falling on a variety of subjects from the mountains to the coast, along with florals, are favorite inspirations for my work.”


Mike Biskup, Flying Home (detail). Watercolor.

Watercolorist Mike Biskup, a California native currently residing in Port Townsend, comes from a family rich in artists, poets, and dreamers. While earning his BFA at University of California, Santa Cruz, a “rich stream of zen inspiration” influenced the development of his unique expression of imaginary landscapes and abstractions, and has been an important element of his work throughout his career.

Mike Biskup.

The outward pandemonium of a Biskup painting belies the meditative process that the artist employs in creating each piece. “In my paintings, everything flows together. Colors, lines and shapes—people, places and things are woven into one harmonious, functional system,” Mike explains. “I want to subtly remind viewers that we humans, in all our diversity, are essentially interconnected, and with thoughtfulness, can function together harmoniously as well.”

Tiffany Thiele. Glass.

Bainbridge Island artist Tiffany Thiele brings three-dimensional translucence to our July show with the fluid movement of her fused glass works. Influenced by an awareness of how water, sky and glass share similar qualities, Tiffany will often represent those natural elements in her work abstractly with color palette and designs.

Tiffany Thiele.

The theme that threads itself through the work for this show is the “beauty of repetition.” Tiffany states, “Though repetition is hardly a glamorous word, it is through the benefits of repetition that skills are honed and designs are crafted. Whether it is a specific technique or as it relates to design elements, repetition brings unity and cohesiveness to the pieces.”

Translucent opens Friday, July 7, with a public opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show runs through July 30. Each artist will also be featured during our Artist’s Insight Series, with individual demos and talks throughout July. Details for those sessions here.

Photos courtesy of the artists.


Yard Art Will Be Released to the Wild at Month’s End

There are two-foot long metal centipedes. There are riotously painted, life-sized cement penguins. There’s even a soaring, hammered metal “terrordactyl” named Princess with a Harley-Davidson motor for a heart. Currently held captive in our group Yard Art show, continuing through July 2, all that wildlife shares our gallery with birdbaths, birdfeeders, spheres, orbs, totems and a multitude of other fantastic sculptures.

Come see this eclectic collection of works before they are all released to the wild—that is, yards and gardens everywhere. There’s something here for the petite patio or the most lavish landscape. Let summertime begin!

Can’t make it to the show? Get an inside look at it here in our latest video!

Welcome to BARN, a Creative Powerhouse on Bainbridge Island

It was a grand Grand Opening day last Saturday as hundreds of people came to see the inside of the shiny new home of Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, or BARN. BAC staff members were there to witness the ribbon-cutting and tour the facilities, while one of us—our Education and Outreach Director Georgia Browne—entertained the crowd with her band mates (including BAC artist Chele Shepard)!

Offering a multitude of classes and workshops led by skilled artisans, the 25,000 square foot facility will surely satisfy anyone looking for a place to explore a wide range of creative arts, from printmaking to jewelry to woodworking and much more.

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and BARN first collaborated last November, when we presented a juried show featuring a variety of pieces created by students of BARN workshops, including prints, jewelry, fiber, glass and more. Several BAC artists are members of BARN and teach workshops there themselves. We’re looking forward to future collaborations as BARN continues to come into its own, inspiring people of all ages and abilities to tap into their creativity. Go forth and make art!


Gallery photos and video.

Congratulations to BAC’s 2017 Scholarship Winners!

As springtime unfolds and students everywhere are dreaming of summer, many graduating high school seniors are dreaming of heading off to college. For some, studying art will be a big part of that journey.  BAC is proud to lend support by awarding three separate scholarships each year to seniors who plan to continue their art studies.

Art by Lily Forsher. Gallery photo.

We’re pleased to announce the 2017 scholarship recipients: Matthew Derry, Pauli Family Scholarship ($2,000); Maya Nathan, Rosalyn Gale Powell Scholarship ($1,000); Lily Forsher, Pauli and George Dennis Scholarship ($1,000).

Art by Matthew Derry. Gallery photo.

Scholarship submissions are judged by volunteer professional artists representing Bainbridge Arts & Crafts. Their decisions are made on the basis of mastery of medium, creativity, presentation, and essay. This year’s judges Elizabeth VanDuine and Carolyn Terry did not have it easy, as they reviewed portfolios and essays of 12 diverse, exceedingly talented applicants.

Said one of the judges of Matthew Derry’s work, “(He has) mastered some techniques that many adults will never come close to mastering.”

Another comment, on Maya Nathan’s work: “You are clearly intelligent and witty – it shows both in your lovely illustrations and prose.”

And on the work of Lily Forsher, “I am especially drawn to the faces because they are amazingly expressive…”

Art by Maya Nathan. Gallery photo.

In a world where studying art is sometimes considered frivolous, receiving an art scholarship can be a powerful affirmation for young people who want to further their creative development—whether as a career path or as a piece of a bigger picture.

Anneke Karreman, recipient of last year’s Pauli & George Dennis Scholarship, shared the impact the award has made on her.

“This year has definitely been life changing for me and I have learned a lot. I would like to combine art and creative thinking with the social sciences, and social justice, with an inkling to work with nonprofits. I greatly value how creativity is a huge part of my thought process, and will continue to value the positive impact my experience in art has had on my life.”

This year’s scholarship recipients will be recognized at Senior Awards Night on June 10 at Bainbridge High School. BAC offers heartfelt thanks to the Pauli Family, the Dennis family, and to the Rosalyn Gale Powell Scholarship benefactors for their enduring gifts.

For more information on BAC art scholarships, click here.

“Excerpts of Reality” Through the Lens of Art Grice

Art Grice, Animal Architecture Series, 2004. Photograph.

When you learn something about an artist’s background, you might learn that they have been following a straight path in their artistic lives that they knew they would follow all along. They’ve always been passionate about painting, or have had their hands in clay since childhood. Sometimes you’ll learn that a particular artist has honed and mastered their craft while following many other creative pursuits.

Accomplished photographer Art Grice, whose retrospective show, A Walk in the Dark, runs through May at BAC, is one such artist. While he has had a camera in his hands for most of his life, he’s always had his mind and hands involved in other creative ventures, too.

Growing up in the Bay Area of northern California, and drafted into the U.S. Army in 1964, Art’s early creative life was largely technical. From electronics school at The Presidio—the Army base in San Francisco, to drawing infographics as a “battalion artist” in an Alaska missile base, Art finished his service and was hired as an illustrator for a machine company, painstakingly drawing machine parts in “exploded” views. Art convinced his boss that photographing the parts rather than spending a week drawing them would be much more practical, and thus he became the company’s photographer. That was the last time he worked for someone else.

Art Grice, Window Series, 2014. Photograph.

Throughout a life of designing and building houses, furniture and boats; starting up a photography gallery in Vancouver, B.C.; hosting speaking engagements with world-class photographers; and teaching and speaking about photography himself, Art kept his eye focused through his lens.

Art Grice.

“There’s something about photography,” says Art. “It’s like an excerpt of reality, with the viewer standing in your shoes in the scene. Believability is the most powerful tool in photography.”

Art’s retrospective show features images and writings from an upcoming book to be published later this year. Describing it as a personal history of his photographic journey from the 1960s to the present, Art says, “I’d like my kids and grandkids to see what I’ve been up to all these years.”

Art has no intention of putting the camera down, however. He says, “I like to understand how we humans interact with and perceive the world. We mess with everything and manipulate things.” Keep a lookout for Art Grice on Bainbridge Island, documenting excerpts of reality, and see what you might see from his shoes.

A Walk in the Dark opens at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts Friday, May 5, with an opening reception from 6-8pm.


Completing the Picture in Many Strokes: One Artist’s Story

“BAC has greatly influenced my path as an artist. By giving me professional experience at a very young age they jump-started my career, recognized my potential and gave me a platform on which to grow.” ­– Wesley McClain, BAC artist

Today’s the day! It’s Kitsap Great Give day, and we are so proud—and grateful—to be participating in this countywide day of giving! It’s also the last day of our Annual Fund Drive, and we’ve loved sharing stories of how your support to our organization inspires, educates and enriches our community.

As a nonprofit gallery providing art education and outreach, we believe that every program we run is like one brush stroke of our bigger picture, and sometimes those many strokes can have a cumulative impact on just one person. We’re excited to share one last story with you about how BAC encouraged one person’s artistic path. Bainbridge Arts & Crafts artist Wesley McClain—whose art first graced our gallery when he was a 9th grader—is just one such example.

Wesley McClain.

Wes McClain loved to draw and create from an early age, which, of course, is true of most young kids. But, says Wes, “I’ve always seen art as a core part of my identity. I remember wanting to be a filmmaker or animator pretty early on. I used to come home from elementary school, turn on the Turner Classic Movie channel and watch whatever was on. That’s where I discovered Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion monster movies. …I was also drawing a lot then.

“Later, in middle school, I was obsessed with Lord of the Rings and the behind-the-scenes features that showed how everything was made. Those are early memories of really considering the reality of working as an artist.”

Even for this dedicated young artist, however, Wes didn’t experience showing his art outside of home or school until participating in one of  BAC’s  Student Art Shows, which are held every May. “I remember feeling proud to have my art on display. By high school, art was already such a big part of my identity that I don’t think I seriously considered doing anything else.”

Knowing art would remain a passion in his life, Wes applied for and was awarded an Art Scholarship through BAC; three are awarded each year to high school seniors who plan to continue their art studies in college. “Receiving the Pauli Family Scholarship was a huge honor and definitely helped give me the confidence to go to the school of my choosing,” says Wes.

Critique 2 (detail). Monotype.

Since that first year at the Student Art Show, Wesley McClain has come into his own as a printmaker, digital artist and animator­, and has been shown in our galleries multiple times. His dedication to his craft earned him an Amy Award in 2015, an honor bestowed bi-annually to an emerging visual artist from Bainbridge Island under the age of 35 whose work demonstrates a sense of quality, creativity, exploration, and dedication.

Reflecting on the impact BAC has made on his career, Wes says “I was presented with opportunities that challenged me to rise to the occasion and mature as an artist. I owe a lot to the people at BAC. They’ve been a hugely positive influence on me.”

Help us continue to make this real impact in the lives of artists, teachers, students and our greater community. Please donate right now at Kitsap Great Give and your gift will be amplified. Be a part of our bigger picture as the only nonprofit art gallery in Kitsap County that supports working artists’ livelihoods through year-round exhibitions and sales, while also providing completely free art education and outreach to schools, seniors, and the healthcare community.

Thank you for your support in making art happen!

Driving Home. Digital painting.


Exercising Hands and Hearts Through Art

Residents of Wyatt House enjoy monthly visits from BAC teaching artists. Gallery photo.

Through our posts in the last few weeks, you’ve learned about the wide variety of art, education, and outreach programs we implement across Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County. We hope you’ve been inspired to help complete our big picture by making a generous donation during our drive! Read on to learn about two of our important art outreach programs.

“This program has helped (seniors) to remember and experience their youthful side that many have forgotten. The smiles and joy they express are beyond words. I applaud Bainbridge Arts & Crafts and its artists for bringing this wonderful program to the seniors of Bainbridge Island.”
Linda Wakefield, Bainbridge Senior Living staff member

Art After 60 and Art in the Lobby provide therapeutic art opportunities for the most vulnerable in our community, enabling them to stretch their creative muscles, gain respite through creativity, and connect with others.

It’s well documented that senior citizens who regularly engage in creative pursuits experience reduced stress and increased well-being. Making art exercises the mind, the hands, and the heart, all especially important to the quality of later life. For seniors living in assisted living facilities, away from their families, creative projects can become even more meaningful.

This is exactly what Art After 60 is about: improving local seniors’ quality of life by taking visual art activities to them, and using instruction time as an opportunity to foster social engagement. Once per month since 2008, our teaching artists have visited three Bainbridge Senior Living facilities: Madison Avenue House, Madrona House, and Wyatt House.

Creating together fosters friendship and connection. Gallery photo.

“I have been fortunate to see how much the Bainbridge Arts & Crafts’ Art After 60 project has inspired so many of our seniors over the past years,” said Bainbridge Senior Living staff representative Linda Wakefield. “Throughout those years this program has reached a great number of seniors and given them an opportunity to be creative, express themselves, and form healthy relationships with other seniors and artists.”

Similarly, our Art in the Lobby program brings interactive therapeutic art activities to hospital patients, families, and staff to provide relaxation and stress relief through creativity. Research has shown that the process of making art enhances patients’ recovery, health, and wellness—much like it does for our senior community. Since 2007, Art in the Lobby has placed artists in the Harrison Medical Center Bremerton lobby once a week during the summer to lead demonstrations and hands-on art activities free of charge.
Teaching artist Robin Charters describes how the benefits from a single session at the hospital can have an effect on more than one person. “A young man in full scrubs came by where I had set up a demo table with pastels. He stopped, sat down and immediately started drawing a simple daffodil. When he was done and ready to leave I encouraged him to sign it. He hesitated, but eventually did. He didn’t want to keep the painting and was off quickly.

“A bit later a woman who was waiting for her husband to come out of surgery was admiring the daffodil painting. I asked if she’d like to have it; it was almost time for me to leave. She looked at me and asked, ‘Really??’

“‘Of course’, I replied, and told her who made it. She was so pleased and immediately said she would frame it and hang it up at home. She walked away with her painting, so happy. That young man has no idea what he did that day, but I do.”

BAC teaching artist Fred Truitt (left) guides a resident in his creative exploration. Gallery photo.

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts operates on the principle that people of all ages, abilities, and economic means benefit from and deserve creative opportunities. Making art of any sort—whether it’s a picture, a line of music, or a story—grounds us in humanity.

Join us in our commitment to that principle, and support these important programs by donating today.

Pledge through Kitsap Great Give, and your gift will be amplified, thanks to the Kitsap Community Foundation and United Way of Kitsap County.