Seattle Day Trip: To the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

September 4, 2013

Sidewalk mosaic of ferry boat, Bainbridge Island

Sidewalk mosaic of ferry boat, Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

One shouldn’t need an excuse to enjoy a ferry ride from time to time — being out on the water is its own reward — but now I will be looking forward to more frequent trips to Bainbridge Island just to visit its new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  Opened in mid-June of this year, the light-filled museum is a showcase for artists and craftspeople from the Puget Sound Region.  I loved the focus on local art, and because the museum promises to change its displays seasonally, I am looking forward to returning again and again.

One of the whimsical sculptures in Margie McDonald's "Sea 'scape"

One of the whimsical sculptures in Margie McDonald’s “Sea ‘scape”

"What Shakes the Eye" by illustrator Barbara Helen Berger

“What Shakes the Eye” by illustrator Barbara Helen Berger

"Cat Table" by Frank Renlie

“Cat Table” by Frank Renlie

Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtThe museum couldn’t be more welcoming — admission is free, and it’s conveniently located a short walk from the ferry terminal.

One of my favorite things about the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is its rooftop garden.  It is set up something like the art inside the museum in that it is meant to be viewed from behind a fence — it’s not a garden you can touch and walk through.  It’s a rock garden and very Zen-like.  The sculptural shapes of the rocks and succulents also make it feel like a continuation of the art exhibits inside.

Rooftop garden, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Rooftop garden

Rooftop garden

Succulents, rooftop garden

Succulents, rooftop garden

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Rooftop garden

Ferry rides and museums — both vehicles for transport.  A satisfying combination on this day trip from urban Seattle.

From a street mural in Pioneer Square

From a street mural in Pioneer Square

10 Responses to “Seattle Day Trip: To the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art”

  1. Elisa Says:

    I love seeing this art thanks! I especially like, and wish to see closer and to touch the painting hanging behind the spinal/rib bone piece. Do you happen to know its creator?

    • Rosemary Says:

      I’m sorry, but I didn’t note the artist on the painting you mentioned.

      • Elisa Says:

        Thank you! I just contacted Joan, at the museum. She believes it is Lisa Gilley. She requested that I email her a copy of the image, for verification of the correct artist. I gave her a link to this post too. Have a good day!

      • Elisa Says:

        She just mailed back. She says it’s definitely Lisa Gilley. I have a link to more of her works, provided by the museum staff, should you wish it.

      • Rosemary Says:

        Thanks, Elisa, for doing the research no making contact with the museum.

  2. camilla wells paynter Says:

    Another local thing I didn’t know about! Thanks for sharing it. I love your hen-&-chickens photo!

    • Rosemary Says:

      I always like stumbling across a new destination in my home town! Still on my list, MOHAI in its new Lake Union location.

  3. David Lewis Says:

    Thank you for your kind comments on the roof garden. George and I designed and created this feature. It usually gets lost by the visitor with so much else to see in this wonderful museum.

    David Lewis ( Little and Lewis)

    • Rosemary Says:

      And thank you for your comment on my blog. My admiration for this outdoor roof garden is genuine. It feels very “Northwest” and Asian at the same time. I loved all the forms of the succulents.

  4. Rennie Says:

    GREAT blog! Great art museum too….=)


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