Believe it or not, and no matter what the forecast says, spring is about to spring — onto the walls of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at least.
BIMA officials recently announced their imminent crop of new offerings, set to debut with a public opening from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14.
One particular exhibition, however, “Fiber 2020,” actually opens Friday, March 6.
“Fiber 2020” explores diverse ways artists are working in fiber and textiles. More than 35 artists are featured in this large group exhibition, from traditional fiber arts through contemporary works and installations.
Media on display includes lace, embroidery, quilts, wearables — reconstituted and repurposed objects — conceptual sculptures and art installations. Participating artists include Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Margaret Gibbs, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Hollie Clark, Maura Donegan, Zia Gipson, Gail Grinnell, Margie McDonald, Julie Paschkis, Maria Phillips, Lynnette Sandbloom, Kristin Tollefson, and Ko Kirk Yamahira.
Other spring shows, opening March 14, encompass a variety of styles and mediums.
“Peregrine O’Gormley: Old Tree”
O’Gormley (from La Conner) is the featured artist in this, his first solo art museum exhibition. This major show combines various series of work — sculptures of wildlife in carved wood, bronze, stainless steel, and mixed media.
O’Gormley’s work reflects the enduring spirit of the Northwest School of artists. His sculptures honor nature, blending meticulous craftsmanship with his concerns for the environment.
Artistic styles range from exquisite representation and realism toward subtle cubism and abstraction.
“Anna Teiche: Fragments”
BIMA presents Teiche’s first solo museum exhibition. Teiche (from Bainbridge Island) is a painter and fiber artist focused on textile patterns and bright motifs.
Current works are inspired by her artistic residencies and travels in Iceland, Lithuania, and Hungary.
Teiche portrays human figures enveloped in highly patterned textiles — connecting the viewer to both the familiar and the abstract.
“All Sorts (No Licorice!)”
This new rotation from the collection of Cynthia Sears serves up an astonishing assortment of artist’s books. Included is “All Sorts,” a new work by Emily Martin in collaboration with Ellen Knudson. The work was conceived during Martin’s artist’s residency — inspired by the University of Florida’s collection of citrus labels.
Works from Permanent Art Collection
Small scale artworks are to be featured in BIMA’s second floor Garden Gallery. Included are works by Debbie Fecher-Gramstad, Denise Harris, and Paul Marioni.
Bainbridge Island Studio Tour Artists
(On display through May 14)
BIMA features regional artists from the longstanding BI Studio Tour. This special two-month exhibition showcases the range of art and crafts — functional and decorative — representative from their annual summer and winter studio sales.
BIMA is open daily is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Visit www.biartmuseum.org to learn more about current and future exhibitions, as well as other events.