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Encaustic painter waxes expressionistic

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:54PM

It might be pleasant to disappear into a Tom Fehsenfeld encaustic painting. The lush landscapes at Kurt Lidtke Galleries glow with layers of translucent wax and rich textures that seem to invite touch. The works are abstractions of Fehsenfeld’s Bainbridge neighborhood. “My inspiration comes from small, local geographies,” Fehsenfeld said, “my farmhouse encircled by garden, orchard and woods – and the few miles of countryside within walking distance.”

Fairy art in ferry land

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:54PM

Willow DaNaan’s art prints – on view at Cafe Madison for the “Holiday Island Magic” Arts Walk Nov 4 – are images of the supernatural crafted with technical wizardry. This artist’s computer-generated prints feature three-dimensional fairies in Maxfield Parrish-like idealized landscapes.

As winter approaches, Bainbridge High School dramatists indulge in summer reveries

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:54PM

Fairy Queen Titania strokes Nick Bottom’s long ears. The fairy queen is impelled by a magic spell cast by her rival Oberon to love the first being she sees upon awakening. So Titania has fallen for the ludicrous combination of donkey and man – as she has for more than 400 years, to the universal delight of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” audiences.

Chrisman hammers his music home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:54PM

Simon Chrisman calls the hammer dulcimer he plays for the First Fridays audience Nov. 2 a “piano without the keys.” The description is apt. The dulcimer is like a piano without a lid – the strings running parallel to the sounding board, the felts controlled with a foot pedal – but the indirect action of the keys is short-circuited by putting the felt hammers in the musician’s hands.

Rest in pieces

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:54PM

The giant pumpkin in front of Johansson Clark and Associates is extra big this year. An orange monster appears in front of the realtors each Halloween, but this oversize squash tips the scales at 966 pounds – close to the world champion 1,200-pound colossus.

Mysteries of the petroglyph

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:54PM

For amateur archaeoastronomer John Rudolph, the Bainbridge petroglyph is like a postcard from the past. Rudolph believes he can read the meaning of the carved stone that juts from a Bainbridge beach as if it were a message from ancient islanders. “The purpose of the site is to determine what time of year it is,” Rudolph says. “The petroglyph lies precisely west of the Skykomish canyon 60 miles away. On the vernal and autumnal equinox, one sees the rising sun shining straight through the canyon, if one is standing at the petroglyph.”

Charmed, I'm sure

  • Oct 20, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:54PM

‘A Prince of a Guy,” is not Sheila Rabe’s first book, but the novel Rabe signs at the Eagle Harbor Books’ Bookfest booth springboards this author from the romance genre. For years, Rabe wrote romances. Able to turn out a book every six months, she published 13 in paperback. “I was, as the Beatles’ song goes, a ‘paperback writer,’” Rabe says. “I was writing the ‘great American potboiler.’ My work was sort of a marriage of ‘Erma Bombek meets Jane Austen.’”

Flute choir blows like a gentle breeze

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

Sharla Graham is always looking for the next great pucker. “I might be speaking with someone, and I’ll be thinking ‘great mouth,’” said Graham, whose Zephyr Flute Choir plays Pegasus Coffee House Oct. 20. “It’s the lips that are most important. Anyone can learn how to play the flute, but there are mouth shapes that are just better.”

Mischief, misdeeds, Moliere

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

Cast and crew of BPA’s “Tartuffe,” opening at the Playhouse Oct. 19, are troupers in the grand old tradition of the theater. The 24 hardworking amateurs and professionals stepped in to save the day, when “Tartuffe” replaced Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” as BPA’s season opener in the wake of the terrorist attacks. “Talking to Joanne (Ellis), talking to the board, we decided a dark theater was just not an option,” director Joanne Keegan said, “Corny as it may sound, we decided that ‘The show must go on.’”

Shakers keep their secrets salted away

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

In her 20 years as a ceramic artist, Debbie Fecher has made more than 30,000 unique salt shakers in human form. Now, in her first gallery exhibit at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Fecher cuts loose from function to concentrate on form. “Making all the shakers, I feel like I’ve been asked to sing as many songs as I can using only six notes,” Fecher said. “With this show, I bring on the orchestra.”

The rocking horse winner could be you!

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

The Auction for the Arts promises to be the rockin’ event of the fall season. The evening may be as wild a ride as a gallop on a hand-crafted rocking horse, as fine art, fine wine and adventures galore go on the auction block to benefit four island arts organizations. “When four groups work together to put on the auction we can draw volunteers from every group,” auction co-chair Gail Temple said. “We all know we’re working toward the same end, to support teacher, students and artists in the community.” The four organizations – Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, Bainbridge Music and Arts and Bainbridge Performing Arts – have united for the benefit of all. The unified funding model that brings different community groups together to raise funds, is an unusual one, organizers say; typically, each group runs a separate campaign to raise money. “I think we’re very fortunate here to be able to collaborate on this kind of thing,” said Nancy Frey, Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council director. “It really speaks well for this arts community that we can.”

Seeking shelter under a familiar roof

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

Only a few weeks have passed since September 11, but already artist Richard Stine has tackled the difficult subject matter. Stine swiftly reconfigured some works for a group show due to open at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Oct. 6, “Four Walls and a Roof: The House as Image and Metaphor.” “It’s about the people in power gobbling up the opportunity to make all these rules – I don’t want to move under the weight of someone else’s ideas of freedom,” Stine said. “We’ve got to seek out the terrorists. But we better be mindful of all the things civilizations have lost because of fear.”

Rock pays the bills, jazz rewards the soul

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

The Jazz Ambassadors promote musical good will and harmony wherever they go They bring the message to Bainbridge Island in a “First Fridays” concert, Oct. 5 at Island Center Hall. “I picked the name Jazz Ambassadors because I always have this idea that music is multicultural and multi-lingual,” band leader Dave Carson said. “If I go to Japan and say, ‘Let’s play B-flat blues,’ everyone understands what I mean.”

Sackett show takes shape at Marge Center

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

When Marge Williams Center tenants asked Joel Sackett if he had suggestions for art to fill the center’s conference room walls, the photographer replied, “I’m already making it.” Sackett has been shooting islanders at home for a new exhibit, “Interior Bainbridge,” which he will show at Winslow Hardware for the November Arts Walk.

Faces of internment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

The images depict, in the crisp detail that is the photographer’s hallmark, not only the bleak camp setting – the rows of shacks ringed by treeless cliffs – but the ersatz normality of such features of camp life as church services and baseball games. The disjunctive construct of ordinary life within the concentration camp setting is captured in prints such as “Pleasure Garden,” an image of a green and tranquil Japanese garden coaxed into being against the backdrop of Mojave desert. It is one of 49 Ansel Adams prints in an exhibit depicting Manzanar – the camp where Bainbridge residents of Japanese descent were interned during World War II – that opens next week at the Bainbridge Historical Museum.

Music for the long road back

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

Although Dewey Palooza is a benefit for a family in need, the evening of music and food planned for Sept. 29 may feel more like a big party. All the performers are friends of the family – musicians who have sung with Larry Dewey for years, showcased by him at Seabold Second Saturday events. “Pat and Larry Dewey have contributed so much to our community,” Bruce Haedt says, “teaching our children, organizing arts events, being our friends. “We want to give them a gift of celebration and joy.”

Local singers convene for a new revue, ‘What Is This Thing Called Love?’ Let’s sing a love song to Louise

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:53PM

Michele McCrackin thought she’d retired from local theater.

‘Local Color’ gets a local screening

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

In a noteworthy art-imitates-life parallel, actor Armin Mueller-Stahl did not originally want to participate in the latest project by filmmaker George Gallo.

An empty space, a piano, a vision

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

When Darden Burns moved to Bainbridge, one of the first things she observed was that no high-caliber piano was available in a public performance space.

Where there’s a wick, there’s a way

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

At a Saturday morning rehearsal two weeks before the opening of Bainbridge Performing Arts’ “The Secret Garden,” actors Chloe Hosterman and Dylan Wilson rehearsed a scene bordering on the metaphysical.


  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

Watercolors show the natural world

He captures the soul of the subject

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

John Wimberley didn’t begin his working life as a photographer, but he wonders whether he might have been one in a past life.

Hear the Lindsay Family at Pegasus

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

From the Southeast to the Northwest, a talented Navy family has of late begun to make its musical mark on Kitsap.

Many stories, and another perspective

  • May 17, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

As a child, Mary Dombrowski developed a fascination with the Philippines when she played with the traditional hats her father, once stationed there, had brought home.

Her paintings are a complete riot

  • May 21, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 8:52PM

Real estate doesn’t get any more fantastic than Peggy Fogliano’s house. It’s surrounded by peaceful landscaping and graced with a magnificent view of Seattle and the passing ferries.

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