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Peggy Vanbianchi glove art and 'Hats' now on display at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts

Julie Paschkis
Julie Paschkis' 'Good Morning' is part of the exhibit 'Hats' at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts.
— image credit: Image courtesy of Julie Paschkis

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts presents the art of Peggy Vanbianchi, and "Hats," through May 29.

Vanbianchi extends the idea of a bird in the hand by painting global migration routes on vintage gloves.

"I use gloves in my artwork to represent human hands," she explains. "My favorite gloves are those that show some wear that tells something about the person who owned them before me."

"I spend a lot of time watching birds. I am constantly filling feeders to attract birds so I can record their species, number, and their behaviors for Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project Feeder Watch. I travel to different birding sites in the Pacific Northwest to see new birds and observe old favorites.

"Combining birds with gloves is my way of reminding us that their fate is in our hands,” Vanbianchi said.

"Hats" includes the work of artists Amy Williams d’Apice, Pam BergLundh, Karen Buhler, Linda Costello, Mary McInnis Julie Paschkis, and Deborah Peek.

Hats have unusual attitude, personality and architecture in this month’s show at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts.

Working in glass, paper, paint, and found objects, the artists uncover the inner life of crowns, bonnets, helmets, fedoras, mouse ears and glamorous chapeaux.

BergLundh considers the "hats" she wears as a working mom; Buhler pulls glass rabbits out of glass hats; and Costello, the pop-up queen, will display paper dolls.

Every year, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts has taken time out of the exhibition schedule to show the community beautiful art made by Bainbridge Island's youngest artists.

This month, as always, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts will also give away two scholarships to graduating seniors.

The exhibition will be at the elementary School, May 3-19; and at Bainbridge High School May 23-27, with a reception at 4 p.m. Friday, May 25.

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