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Gather round, art lovers. It’s a big weekend on Bainbridge. Three separate art shows are going on in an array of studios round the Rock in the next three days.

1. 270 Madison

270 Madison — a community of artists working in four different mediums in a shared location — will host an art-and-craft sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.

The showcase, located at 270 Madison Ave. South, promotes the creative talents of Bainbridge Island, Kitsap and Seattle-based artists. Artists include Connie Castellano Fine Jewelry, Kelly Johnston Art, John Arnsdorf Photography, Wonder Craft Workshop, HEARTH Ceramics, Grace Hattrup, Jessica McGreal, The Butler Did It Woodworking, Michele Van Derrick, Poppy Hufstader, Simplicity Gems, and Sherri Underwood.

2. Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour

The 19th annual Summer Studio Tour will include more than 40 artists showcasing their work in six local studios.

Artists in the event must be be juried, so the artwork is high quality, original, hand-crafted, and shows the “hand and spirit of the artist,” said tour manager and longtime participant Dinah Satterwhite.

There will be a wide variety of work on display, including jewelry, pottery, watercolors, mixed media, metal, garden art, wearables, oil paintings, encaustics and photography. Guests can feast their eyes as they grab a cool lemonade and stroll through the studios and gardens, which are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.

The roster of featured artists include Gayle Bair, Rita Belserene, Meredith Chernick, Hollie Clark, Ginny Ford, Page Gehrke, Howard Julien, Dawn McNamara, Brandon Milton, Suz O’Dell, Douglas Paeth, Dorothy Skea, Haden Starbuck, Danna Watson, Larry Weiner, and Yoshiko Yamamoto, among others.

The six studios on the tour are: Barbara Ferrier’s acrylic studio (5578 Lynwood Center Road NE); Danna Tartaglia’s home/studio (5984 Lynwood Center Road NE); Danna Watson’s eclectic Dancing Spirit Studio (7021 Fletcher Bay Road NE); Sylvia Carlton’s oil painting studio (1245 Grow Ave. NW); Barbara Weissman’s fiber garden/studio (10149 NE Roberts Road); and Mike and Donna Day’s Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile (7176 NE Hidden Cove Road).

For a complete list of artists, viewable alphabetically or by venue, visit

3. Bainbridge Working Studios Summer Show

The latest Bainbridge Working Studios Summer Show will feature a dozen artists spread throughout four studios.

“Bainbridge Working Studios is a way of connecting working artists and their studios with the public,” said co-coordinator and participant Diane Bonciolini of Mesolini Glass Studio.

“Bainbridge Island is home to many talented artists working in wood, clay, glass, metal, etcetera. We hope the public can connect with the talented artists that call Bainbridge Island home,” she said.

Bonciolini and her husband Gregg Mesmer are the founders and primary organizers of the tour, which is headquartered at their home, Mesolini Glass Studio (13291 Madison Ave. NE).Also showing work at Mesolini is Bill Wentworth (stainless steel and bronze sculptures).

The second stop on the tour is Davidson Studios (9000 NE Hidden Cove Road), where Linda (bas-relief botanicals) and Millard Davidson (oils) will host and display their creations.

The third participating studio is Erthwerks (13100 Sunrise Drive NE), where Kathy Mitchell (sculpture), Jackie Reed (sculpture and pottery) and Don Truscott (stoneware pottery) will show work.

Finally, at Rolling Clay Studio (11236 NE Sunrise Drive), visitors can see work from and chat with Jane Schupay (pottery, sculpture), Pamela Dick (digital fractal art), Roberta Beery (oil paintings), Greg Relaford (pottery), John Herring (wooden vessels), and Karen Chaussabel (paintings).

All featured studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 11.

For a complete tour map and more information, visit

Next up, prepare to hit the books.

The musical adaptation of the hit film “Legally Blonde JR” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

The show comes to the Bainbridge Performing Arts stage Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 11, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets, $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, youth, military, and teachers, or $8.75 each for families of four or more, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206-842-8569 or in person at BPA. Box office hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

With music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and book by Heather Hach, “Legally Blonde JR” is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.

BPA Theatre School’s talented cast of students (ages 12 through 19) is led by an artistic trio featuring direction by Pete Benson, musical direction by Lisa Mandelkorn, and choreography by Heather Dawson.

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