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Grand opening: Art museum opens with events galore

Alfredo Arreguin’s work, “Spring Sea,” is an oil on canvas piece that will be  featured in the art museum’s permanent collection. - Ron Vinedge photo
Alfredo Arreguin’s work, “Spring Sea,” is an oil on canvas piece that will be featured in the art museum’s permanent collection.
— image credit: Ron Vinedge photo

The grand opening of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art promises to be an all-day celebration with music, speakers, and of course, art.

It all starts Friday, June 14.

The day’s open house will feature eight musical performances starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. Speakers at the ribbon-cutting will include such figures as the building’s architect Matthew Coates and State Rep. Drew Hansen.

“There is something about a museum that lends respect and importance to what’s in it,” said islander and artist Barbara Helen Berger.

Berger’s 40-year collection of art and sculptures, which has been titled “Vision Revealed” by the museum, is just one of the exhibits that will be featured on opening day.

“(The museum) will shine light on the wonderful artists (in the West Sound),” she said.

And to begin the celebration of the art and artists featured in the new museum will be the Bainbridge Symphony Brass.

They will greet visitors in the museum’s serpentine plaza which faces the corner of Ravine Lane and Winslow Way. And they will lead the entertainment until the ribbon cutting and speeches at 11:15 a.m.

The full music line-up for opening day:

Bainbridge Symphony Brass, 11 a.m.
Color Guard: Collin Hyde Post 172 American Legion
Tentative Walrus, 12:15 p.m.
Kate Power & Steve Einhorn, 1:15 p.m.
The Suquamish Tribe Song & Dance Group, 1:45 p.m.
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival Performers, 2:15 p.m.
Chele’s Kitchen, 3:15 p.m.
Paundy, 5 p.m.

The band closing the day’s activities, Paundy, may be familiar to islanders from Art Walk appearances at the art gallery and gift shop, Danger, and their sold-out shows at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

It’s an act that is sure to spin seamlessly into the spirit of the day.

An eight-piece instrumental group that riffs off film and TV tunes, Paundy is a rare case of diverse sounds. They range from jazz to punk to surf. It’s for that reason that it is a hard sound to pin to one genre. The group consists of three horns, a violin, drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. But all the artists in the group switch from instrument to instrument in their performances to make for a spectacle something like a one-man band with eight people.

And sometimes that means choosing from a whole table of children’s toys and other percussion or horn instruments. Kazoos, whistles and even animal noises projecting from a toy combined with their eight-piece instrumentation, Paundy performs music that pulls together a compilation of film genres like Western, suspense and spy. It ranges in eras from 1920s to today. All in all, the band brings the comedy to the art, the seriousness to the fun and the spectacle to an instrumental performance. Perfect for the museum’s big day.

Paundy was started in the ’90s by band members Paul Burback and Andy Miller, hence the name Paundy. Today Chad Channing, Tony Dattilo, Justine Jeanotte, Drew McCabe, Drew Hornor and Leif Utne complete the octet.

Violinest Jeanotte teaches strings at the Madrona School on Bainbridge, and Utne is an island resident. The rest of the group lives in the Poulsbo-Kingston area but play locally on a regular basis.

In addition to the music entertainment and brief speeches outside on the plaza, there will be art activities throughout the day in the museum’s classroom. Jennifer Mann will show how to transfer prints and monotype. Wes McClain will be doing etching. And Leigh Knowles Metteer will be demonstrating linocut with monotype.

The grand opening events don’t end there. Open house activities will continue through July 4.

Next weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 22 and noon to 4 p.m. June 23, the museum will be partnering up with their new neighbor, Kids Discovery Museum, to host a free family weekend. Admission to both museums will be free, and activities will include hands-on art activities at both locations and on the plaza. There will be a live performance of “The Rainbow Fish” by the Bainbridge Island Storymaker’s Studio, clowns, art demonstrations and more. For more in-depth information on what seems to be another festive weekend, visit the museum’s website at biartmuseum.org.

The new 20,000-square-foot, two-story museum will officially open its doors at noon this Friday following the ribbon-cutting ceremony and will remain open until 6 p.m.

Parking is restricted to people in need of special assistance. Shuttles will be provided from parking at Bainbridge High School and Bainbridge First Baptist Church. Walking and biking to the event is encouraged.

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