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Bainbridge Letters to the Editor — May 31

  • May 31, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:02PM

People should get serious about affordable housing...City should bring back flower baskets...City needs long-range budget plan...more.

Bainbridge vet: Camp Fallujah, Iraq front lines are worlds apart

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:02PM

I appreciate Chad Schuster’s article (“Time to honor those who sacrificed,” May 28) honoring the veterans from Bainbridge Island. As one of the speakers at the ceremony, I was concerned my message wasn’t clear. The goal of my talk was to illustrate the different worlds I experienced while deployed to Camp Fallujah in Iraq, and how we defined the front line in Iraq.

Bainbridge Island Letters to the Editor

  • Jun 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Letters from Bainbridge Island residents.

Shedding light on a dark past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Venera Di Bella Barles’ private recollections became public record. At the urging of her family, the 70-year-old Di Bella Barles took up her pen in 1995 to record the anecdotes – painful and humorous – that she had recounted to them over the years.

A graceful maturity of bloom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Gayle Bard’s garden is as unique as her paintings. Bard applies the sensibility that makes her a stand-out West Coast artist to her garden, using long grasses like gracillimus sinensis “morning light” to make three-dimensional line drawings. “I just like the structure of grass,” Bard said. “My gardens are more about textures and shades of green than pretty flower petals.”

The show tunes must go on

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Friendship and music go hand-in-hand for Side by Side. The 15 vocalists in the island-based singing group, named Stephen Sondheim’s musical tribute to friendship, have been making music together since 1995. “I think the beauty of the group is that it’s so stable,” alto Denise Harris said. “In those eight years, we’ve only lost three members – two because of health and one because they got too busy.”

Shots in the darkroom

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Jennifer Callan framed Blakely School third-graders. When teacher Erin Sheehan’s lucky class encountered the talented mom, they got a crash course in photography, turning out work good enough to frame and hang on a gallery wall. “They look like a professional group of avant-garde photographs,” Callan said. “It’s a really fascinating look at life through these kids’ eyes, so far ahead of their verbal capacity.”

Rock and roll of ages

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Isaac Harris takes seriously the Biblical injunction to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Harris, who gives a free concert Sunday, combines musical skill on the acoustic guitar with a spiritual bent to merge performance with praise and worship. “The purpose of my concerts is to have fun,” Harris said. “Sing some songs that are fun – and praise the Lord.”

Per Sherwin takes center stage at BPA

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Per Sherwin, who wore a black Stetson as villain Lank Hawkins in the recent Bainbridge Performing Arts production of “Crazy for You,” has donned a new hat for the theater company. Sherwin has been named BPA’s director of operations and development, replacing Joanne Ellis, who resigned as managing director in May.

Big fun in 'Boomtown'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

Bryan Gunnar Cole’s “Boomtown,” documenting the Suquamish Tribe’s annual sale of fireworks, illuminates life on “the res” with the light and concussive power of an exploding rocket. The film that previewed in Suquamish this week will be shown nationwide on July 2, on the prestigious PBS documentary series, “P.O.V.”

Shipping hope to Camp Siberia

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:01PM

It may be a camp in Siberia, but it is anything but a prison. Instead, the one-acre facility in the countryside outside Novosibirsk is a place for Bainbridge youths to improve the lives of a few Russian children.

Paintings engage views in musical chairs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts current exhibit, “Take a Seat,” invites viewers to interpret the title literally. Beverly Shaw-Starkovich’s attractive paintings of chairs titled with the names of well-known melodies, and the accompanying group show of sculptures on the same theme, are a tempting lot. “Music always evokes memories,” Shaw-Starkovich said. “A lot of people will relate to that element.”

BPA sets stage for revitalized theater scene

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

Bainbridge Performing Arts is meeting change head-on. There has been “no time for philosophizing” since director Joanne Ellis resigned last month, James Quitslund, BPA production advisory committee chair says. “It was clear when Joanne resigned that the time was now, if greater diversity and an even better spirit of partnership were to be brought to BPA next season,” Quitslund said. “We can’t wait for a new executive who may take a while to find.”

Art show is a bust

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

Victoria has no secrets at “The Bra Show.” It’s lingerie for laughs – though the fund-raising is serious – as videographers film artists’ witty mammary make-overs on Bainbridge June 8.

BPA caught between acts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

The curtain is rising on a new act for Bainbridge Performing Arts. But just how the lines will read is unclear. Facing the decades-old organization are what some see as a lack of artistic direction, and persistent financial problems related to maintenance and operation of the Playhouse.

Transformed by war and art

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

Karen Driscoll sold writing supplies at Paper Products – the store she and husband Andy Driscoll owned from 1980 to 1992 – but she never thought of writing herself until she inherited a box of her uncle’s memorabilia.

Braden Duncan show vision beyond her years

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

Braden Duncan doesn’t mind being one-of-a-kind. When the graduating senior – represented at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts this week with other award-winning students – ran out of high school art classes, she crafted an independent study. “I sit in on (basic) Drawing I and II classes,” Duncan said. “Last year I did an independent study in Drawing III.”

Follow your nose to family theater

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

For the actors in the latest Bainbridge Performing Arts production, the chance to perform comes with strings attached. In BPA’s adaptation of “Pinocchio,” many of the young cast play marionettes, tethered to a stage-within-a-stage that was designed and constructed by the high school-age stage crew.

Building community with conversation, caffeine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

The power of palaver drives Conversation Cafe. The moderated open discussions of selected topics, conceived by Seattle author Vicki Robins, were brought to Pegasus last summer by islander Kat Gjovik. “I learned about it by word of mouth,” Gjovik said. “Then I went to an orientation session at Antioch College for Conversation Cafe facilitators and found that I was absolutely compelled to start one here.”

New paths to enlightenment with Rinpoche

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

“Buddhism for busy lives” might seem an oxymoron, but Tibetan Buddhist master Kilung Tulku Tsultrim Rinpoche shows students how to to live modern lives more fully. Rinpoche, who spent five months in the Seattle area last year, returns to Bainbridge May 31 to give a week of teachings that are structured for both neophyte and acolyte, event organizers Barbara Berger and Susan Brown say.

Junk sculptor knows how to reduce, reuse, recycle

  • May 28, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:00PM

The term “junk sculpture” might suggest worthless work, but the art Bainbridge High School senior Benj Cameron makes from island trash is both beautiful and expressive. “I believe we look at the world through a very narrow lens, one that sees items as having one use and one use only,” Cameron says. “My method of sculpting comes from my conviction that ‘garbage’ is often more useful and more valuable than products one can buy.”

BAC teapots spout creativity

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:59PM

The second-grader points at the tall glass vase, his finger missing the vessel by millimeters. “Wow, that’s really cool,” he says. “Is it stained glass?” Art teacher Robin Hruska’s maintains her composure. “No, it’s blown glass; stained glass comes in sheets,” the Blakely Elementary School art specialist says. “Remember to look with your eyes, because there’s lots of art in here.”

Rebirth of the Renaissance

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:59PM

Alan Simcoe is building time-travel machines. The island musician and teacher is crafting a lute and a viola da gamba in his workshop – two Renaissance instruments that, Simcoe says, are guaranteed to transport audiences to the Europe of Michelangelo and the Medicis.

Roth opus takes the stage

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:59PM

Composers may write for decades without hearing their music played by a major orchestra, but 12-year-old Ben Roth already has the Seattle Symphony performing his. The symphony will debut the Woodward seventh grader’s “Reflections of Alhambra,” in Benaroya Hall May 19.

Young's in a terra cotta state of mind

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 8:59PM

Ceramic sculptor Bridget Young’s body of work could be called “work of the body.” Young’s terra cotta sculptures, on view at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts are female forms that feature visual puns on “woman as vessel,” with pot and bell-like shapes for lower torsos, and head and arms attenuated into appendages that resemble handles.

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