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A Message to our Members at BIMA

Students display their work for families at the end of summer camp.

BIMA = Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

During 2020 a local treasure became accessible as technology has very few geographic limitations. I received this letter from BIMA and wanted to share with all of you, so you can enjoy all they have to offer. Thank you everyone for all your support of our non-profits, the arts, local businesses and more ~ Mary Coupland

Hello Members,

I am excited to wish you a very happy New Year! While I am happy to see 2020 come to an end, there is no end to the amount of gratitude I feel for each and every one of you!

Due to COVID-19, BIMA was closed to in-person visits most of the year. Instead, we quickly shifted to offering digital content to highlight various artists in our region, art workshops, an online auction and marketplace, moments of beauty, artists book videos, virtual field trips,

Tuesday night Bistro meals, launching the online BIMA store, exhibition tour videos, and more!

One highlight of 2020 was our two summer camps: in small, socially distanced groups, masked children and youth explored art in our re-imagined classroom as well as outside. In fact, at the end of one week, the children’s art projects were displayed on tables outside. I wish you could have seen the smiles in the parents’ eyes as they walked through admiring the children’s work. I thought of how these children had been missing school and engagement in activities for so many months. One young boy ran up to his mother and said, “Oh Mom, I haven’t laughed or learned this much in months and I got to make new friends!” I could see his mother’s tears of joy run down her face as she gave her son a hug.

We owe much of this success to you, our members, for being right alongside us as we, again and again, shifted in response to new and ongoing challenges. Not only did we have members renewing all year long, but we had members upgrade and even had several new members join us. Amazing!

2021 will start off with some great upcoming events, exhibitions, and programs you will not want to miss. So please mark your calendars, follow us online, and visit the BIMA website for detailed information. Join our community partners on January 18 when BIMA will participate in Journey for Justice, a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

We welcome you to explore UNTOLD STORIES, a dynamic series of FREE online lectures, panels, and conversations that will inspire, empower, and educate through the art of storytelling.

Looking forward to seeing you online, in the BIMA store, and one day soon in the galleries!

Be well, stay safe, and know that BIMA loves you!

Peter Raffa Development Director



The Creative Aging program has collaborated with artist Kristin Tollefson and Island Volunteer Caregivers in creating a community art installation currently on show (by appointment) at METHOD gallery in Seattle.

Individual art kits comprised of wooden beads, wire, and metal parts in the shape of leaf classifications one might find in the back of a plant identification book, were dropped off to seniors through a system of volunteers. The stunning results are woven into a garland of crocheted wire and leaves that will inhabit METHOD. It’s a beautiful example of how creativity builds connectivity, especially at this time when so many people are isolated.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art presents Untold Stories, a dynamic series of FREE online lectures, panels, and conversations which inspire, empower, and educate through the art of storytelling. Untold Stories connect us through conversation and sharing, bringing to light histories, ideas and perspectives that have not been shared, have gone unrecognized or have been forgotten.

A Guided Meditation

Creative Aging at BIMA presents a guided meditation led by Steve Parsons and featuring "Salish Sea" by Alfredo Arreguín. This loving-kindness, or metta, meditation is a practice of cultivating compassion, both toward yourself and others.

Click here to learn more about mindfulness and Creative Aging at BIMA, and email to register for free virtual silent meditation sessions, Thursday mornings at 9:25 am.

February Dates: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25

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