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

Patrons at the Tacoma Art Museum (dressed to match the painting — serendipity!)

“Anything that invites reflection becomes a point of departure.”
— Maxine Kumin

I don’t take enough time for reflection.  It seems so easy to breeze through my days doing the work I’m paid to do, getting lost in a book, being entertained by television shows and DVD movies.  But after a while, that’s just not enough.  I need to transform all this passive input into action.  I need to find meaning, to work with my hands and make something.

There’s a constant need to feed the soul, but then also to create something out of that nourishment.

“Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Journals, November 4, 1852

Do you feel that, too?  What do you do to invite reflection?  To get grounded again?

The paintings in art museums invite reflection.

Are you transformed by art? If not art, what then?