Nancy Reithaar shows new work in November exhibition

Nancy Reithaar

Come see Seattle printmaker Nancy Reithaar’s show now in our gallery and you’ll see the prolific results of an enthusiastic year of exploration of her craft. Within the masterfully rendered forms of her long-favored subjects—shore birds, wolves, fish and other wild creatures—patterns and textures dance together in vivid colors. The natural grace of her blue herons will draw you in from across the gallery, but see what you discover as you move in for an up-close look.

Nancy Reithaar, Great Blue Heron No. 7. Monotype and Collage. Image courtesy of Art & Soul.

Nancy believes that “the natural world is a doorway into more formal aspects of form, color, composition and abstract elements.” In this exhibition it’s clear that she has walked through that doorway and beyond, having mastered those formal aspects well enough to improvise with them like a jazz musician riffing into a solo in the middle of a well-loved standard. The result is a body of work which balances representational accuracy with a joyful energy of expression.

Nancy’s path to printmaking started as a desire to become an excellent draftsperson. Inspired as a child by illustrations in favorite books such as Frances the Badger and Billy and Blaze, she appreciated and admired the skill of drawing well, and longed to master it herself. Years later, choosing to earn her BFA at University of Washington in painting because it was the closest she could get to drawing, she soon found herself in a printmaking class—a requirement towards her Painting degree. The self-described “impatient artist” had found her medium.

Nancy Reithaar, Koi Pond No. 1. Monotype and collage. Image courtesy of Art & Soul.

Smitten with the tactile immediacy of the monotype process, Nancy embraced the ability to play with technique and see the results through the press quickly, with an effect that was unattainable in painting with a brush. She’s been experimenting with monotype ever since, incorporating collage as she layers cut-outs of her own printed material on a prepared  paper. Skillfully executed, each work evokes a special relationship with its viewer, as much as it reveals the relationship of the artist to her subject.

Don’t miss Nancy Reithaar’s gorgeous exhibition, running through November 26.

Nancy demonstrated printmaking at BAC during our first Saturday Artist’s Insight session on November 4. Watch video below for a taste of her captivating presentation.

BAC’s Creative Connections: New Program, New Partnership

Bainbridge Arts & Crafts is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Bainbridge Island Special Needs Foundation (BISNF)—also known as Stephens House—by bringing art education programs directly to its participants through our new program, Creative Connections. BISNF and BAC will share the cost, thereby allowing a full year of programming at no cost to participants or their families. We are excited to be able to work with this lovely group of individuals, and are grateful to our own Robin Charters for agreeing to be our lead instructor for the program.

Stephens House operates a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities, focusing on quality of life enhancements. For many, this program offers the next step after leaving the public school system by providing buy ambien online paypal continued structure and education.


Connecting people with the therapeutic benefits of art and creativity is nothing new to BAC. Our Art in the Lobby program has been providing a creative outlet for the healthcare community and the people it serves in hospitals and treatment centers throughout Kitsap County since 2007. Art After 60 has been doing the same for residents in senior housing communities on Bainbridge Island since 2008. Creative Connections will aim to provide those same benefits for broader communities who are challenged to find an outlet for self-expression or engagement with others. To learn more about BISNF’s mission and programs, visit


Above: Stephens House members show their finished projects at the end of a Creative Connections session with Robin Charters. Gallery photos.

Three November Shows Feature Prints, Wood and Glass

Feeling those short, gray November days coming on? How about a little color and texture to energize you? Come to our gallery this Friday, November 3 for our opening reception of three distinct shows and be inspired. The exhibitions run through November 26.

Marjorie J. Rubin, Untitled. Monotype and mixed media. Image courtesy of BARN.

BARN@BAC: Prints + Glass
Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) presents work in the mediums of Glass and Printmaking for the 2017 juried BARN@BAC exhibition. All the work shown is made by BARN members in the BARN studios. Presented annually, BARN@BAC features work from different studios each year, allowing members working in all eleven BARN studios to show their work at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.

Featured artists this year are Kay Abresch, Helena Bierly, Diane Bonciolini, Virginia Davison, Constance Ducar, John K. Ellis, Kathryn Lesh, Martha Makosky, Gregory Mesmer, Shelley Minor, Leonardo Rodriguez, Marjorie J Rubin, Teri Seidler, Shakti Sutriasa, Janetmarie Valiga, and Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis.

Helga Winter, Ten More Than Twenty. Turned and painted wood. Image courtesy of James Klose.

Helga Winter: Bowls
A gleaming assortment of undulating wood bowls created by this Port Townsend wood turner will be on exhibit, seemingly buy viagra taiwan defying gravity. Favoring unseasoned Pacific Madrone, Helga uses the instability of the wood to her advantage, coaxing out the beauty hidden inside. Turning roots, trunks and branches, Helga embellishes the finished forms with dyes and wax resist, creating final pieces that are spectacular in color and shape.

Nancy Reithaar, Koi Pond No. 1. Monotype and collage. Image courtesy of Art & Soul.

Nancy Reithaar: New Work
Shorebirds, wolves and other wildlife are this printmaker’s favorite subjects, and it shows in the lively collection of works in our exhibition, produced almost entirely over the last year. A Seattle native, Nancy spends considerable time in zoological parks and wildlife sanctuaries to study animals’ movement, textures and colors. In her Ballard studio, she expresses her interpretations of those subjects through brushstrokes on paper and subsequent images from the press.

After being wowed by Nancy’s work on Friday evening, come in for our FREE Artist’s Insight session the next day, Saturday, November 4 at 12:30 for her live printmaking demo. She’ll share her processes and inspirations with visitors, answer questions and create a print right in our gallery with her tabletop press! No registration necessary, just drop in.

BAC delivers dollars to Helpline House, thanks to September donations

At the end of September we cleared the tables as our beautiful functional ceramics exhibition, A Place at the Table, finished its run. Paella fiestas and tea parties and sushi feasts were imagined as the place settings of dishes and platters gleamed in the gallery. If you came to see the show, you may have dropped a few dollars in our donation box in support of Bainbridge Island’s Helpline House—a nonprofit agency serving neighbors in need with counseling, legal, and social services, and our community’s only food bank.

Staff recipe cards were offered in exchange for donations to Helpline House. Gallery photo.

We invited gallery visitors to donate generously to support the community-funded organization during the entire month of September, promising to pass each and every dollar along to Helpline. In thanks for those buy cheap viagra uk online donations, BAC offered up a diverse collection of personal favorite recipes collected from every member of our staff. From Sara’s raspberry roll to David’s green sauce to Savannah’s molasses cookies and more, recipe cards were snapped up as the dollars went into the box.

Thanks to your contributions throughout the month, BAC Executive Director Lindsay Masters had the pleasure of delivering a check for $374.00 to Helpline House last week.

Executive Directors Matt Eldridge (Helpline House) and Lindsay Masters (Bainbridge Arts & Crafts). Gallery photo.

Said Helpline’s interim Executive Director, Matt Eldridge, “Thank you for having earmarked donations at your exhibit to support Helpline’s impact in the community! What a wonderful combination of gifts that will make a real difference for families and individuals in need.”


One Call for All supports Bainbridge nonprofits through annual campaign

October on Bainbridge Island means it’s prime time for pumpkin picking and wine tasting, but it also means the distinctive red envelopes of One Call for All are on their way to mailboxes all over the island, giving residents the opportunity to support all their favorite nonprofits in one fell swoop during this venerable island-wide annual campaign.  Says One Call’s Executive Director, Tracy Peacoe Denlinger, “I’m grateful to work for this organization that has become such a cornerstone of our community. It’s universally well-regarded as an invaluable resource in supporting nonprofits like Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.”

BAC’s Savannah Newton was one of dozens of volunteers stuffing 13,000 red envelopes for One Call for All last Friday. Photo: Douglas Crist.

BAC is proud to count itself among those organizations benefiting from One Call contributions since the earliest years. As a nonprofit gallery focused on providing free art programming and outreach to the community, we depend on the support of donors year round, but the One Call for All campaign is unique in its impact. We receive 100% of every dollar you contribute to us through the campaign—even the cost of credit card transactions is covered by One Call. In addition, each donation of $20 or more earns us a “share” of the Community Fund, so you can maximize your gift!

Supporting BAC and other Bainbridge Island nonprofits through One Call for All helps maintain a strong foundation for a healthy, vibrant community. We’re grateful for your support and invite you to donate here.

Paint Out Winslow 2017 an Artful Success!

The artists of Paint Out Winslow 2017!

It was a typical gorgeous Northwest summer weekend on August 19th and 20th, which proved the perfect climate for our fourth annual plein air painting event, Paint Out Winslow. After three years of the popular event being bound within the confines of downtown Winslow, we opened up the territory to allow artists to roam all over Bainbridge Island, and roam they did. Also new this year was the addition of an amateur category, encouraging anyone inspired to pick up a brush or a pencil to do so—whether they were first-timers or plein air pros.

Overall, about 35 artists participated in the free event, including several budding young artists who painted alongside a parent or two, proving that creating art can be a delightful family affair. Artists employed a diverse range of styles and mediums to depict some of the most iconic locations on the island—as well as some lesser known locales that got their moment in the sun (yes, literally and figuratively).

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Gallery photos.

By late Sunday morning 23 pieces were turned in for evaluation and judging for awards. Overall, seven prizes in amateur and professional categories were awarded during a free public reception at Winslow Art Center that afternoon. Artists swapped tips, techniques and location secrets with each other, while admirers who came to see the fruits of their labors enjoyed viewing the works. Finished pieces were on public display at the Center through August.

Taking home prizes of cash and art supplies, hearty congratulations go to these winners:

Amateur Category

  • First Prize- Erin Parker (watercolor and pencil)
  • Second Prize- Shawn Behling (wood, house paint and acrylic)
  • Third Prize- Susan Jackson (Pen, ink and watercolor)

Professional Category

  • First Prize- Bill Hemp (mixed media)
  • Second Prize- Millard Davidson (oil)
  • Third Prize- Nicholas Ogilvie (watercolor)

Innovation Award: Nicole Gelinas (acrylic)

And kudos to all the Paint Out Winslow artists! You all made the event a success, and showed that art is for everyone—in the making and the sharing. See you next year!

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!

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 buy viagra 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.

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.