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BIMA Re-Opening Friday September 4th

Our family of staff, volunteers, and artists have been eagerly waiting to welcome you into the galleries since March, after having to close up the day before we were set to open new exhibitions. We are overjoyed that you’ll now have the chance to see these exciting shows in person. 

THANK YOU for your continued interest throughout the closure. The outpouring of support has been empowering, and has allowed our staff and board to continue to focus on our mission and double-down on our commitment to inspiring curiosity, wonder, and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region—sometimes in ways we’d never even imagined!

Read how BIMA is adapting its museum experience below, and remember it's FREE to visit BIMA.

What to expect during your visit:

What will be open?

All galleries and the Museum Store will be open from 10am-5pm daily. The BIMA Bistro will open at a later date—check our website for updates!

Face Covering

All guests, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a face covering while at BIMA. The Museum will provide disposable masks to guests upon request. For those who are unable to wear a mask for health or other reasons, BIMA has face shields ready to loan you during your visit. Face shields are sanitized and set aside for 48 hours between uses.

Physical Distancing

Please allow a minimum of six (6) feet physical distance between you and guests outside your group. If visiting with a group, please keep your group together to allow more guests to enjoy the exhibitions.

During our Modified Phase 2 operations, Museum capacity will be held to 25%.


BIMA has staff dedicated to sanitizing common areas, bathrooms, and high touch points throughout the day. Cleaning procedures follow CDC guidelines. There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum, as well as access to interior bathrooms for handwashing.


We kindly ask that anyone with a fever or displaying other symptoms of COVID-19 to please stay home and visit BIMA at another time.

Other Museum Safety Measures

  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at reception, store, and bistro counters.

  • BIMA has installed hospital-grade MERV13 air filters throughout the museum to capture bacteria and virus carriers traveling through the HVAC system.

  • The gallery experience has been rethought to eliminate touch points (ex. Keeping doors in open position, remove iPad check-in) and crowding (ex. Limiting number of guests per gallery; creating one-way flow through museum).

Zia Gipson (Whidbey Island), Duet, 2017, felted paper and ramie, front 12"h x 14"w x 5"d , rear 11"h x 9”w x 2"d

Fefferman & Beacon Galleries

Fiber 2020 explores diverse ways artists are working in fiber and textiles. Over thirty-five artists are featured in this large group exhibition, from traditional fiber arts through contemporary works and installations.

Peregrine O’Gormley (La Conner), After the Broken Wing Juniper (detail), 8”h x 18”w x 10”d, Courtesy of the Artist, photo credit: Alec Miller

MESA & Lovelace Galleries

Peregrine O’Gormley (from La Conner) is featured in his first solo art museum exhibition. This major show combines various series of work — sculptures of wildlife in carved wood, bronze, stainless steel, and mixed media. O’Gormley’s work reflects the enduring spirit of the Northwest School of artists. His sculptures honor nature, blending meticulous craftsmanship with his concerns for the environment.

Anna Teiche (Bainbridge Island), Couple I (detail), 2018, oil on canvas, 60”h x 48”w, Courtesy of the Artist

Orientation Gallery

BIMA presents Anna Teiche’s first solo art museum exhibition. Teiche (from Bainbridge Island) is a painter and fiber artist focused on textile patterns and bright motifs. Featured works are inspired by her artistic residencies and travels in Iceland, Lithuania, and Hungary, portraying human figures enveloped in highly patterned textiles — connecting the viewer to both the familiar and the abstract.

Emily Martin & Ellen Knudson, All Sorts, 2015, letterpress printed from photopolymer plates, tunnel book structure, signed #23 of 35, 9”h x 9”w x 6.5”d, Collection of Cynthia Sears, Gift of the University of Florida, Gainesville

Sherry Grover Gallery

This new rotation from the Collection of Cynthia Sears serves up an astonishing assortment of artist’s books. Included is All Sorts, a new work by Emily Martin in collaboration with Ellen Knudson. The work was conceived during Martin’s artist’s residency — inspired by the University of Florida’s collection of citrus labels.

Denise Harris (Bainbridge Island), Radio Waves and Inner Tubes, 2014, mixed media, Collection of Cynthia Sears, Promised Gift to BIMA

Garden Gallery

Small scale artworks are featured in BIMA’s second floor Garden Gallery. Included are works by Debbie Fecher-Gramstad, Denise Harris, and Paul Marioni.

Eileen F. Sorg (Kingston), The Nightshift, colored pencil over ink & watercolor, 24kt gold leaf, Courtesy of the Artist

Davis Community & Ellis Bistro Galleries

BIMA features regional artists from the longstanding BI Studio Tour. This exhibition showcases the range of art and crafts — functional and decorative — representative from their annual summer and winter studio sales.

Article Submitted by:

Kristin Tollefson, Director of Education and DEI Advancement

BIMA is located at 550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA

Open Daily 10am - 5pm


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