BIMA’s summer exhibitions a wide array of art

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will open the first of its summer exhibitions June 24 with a peek at Eva Funderburgh: Mythical Worlds, which explores her ceramic and bronze beasts.

On July 1, BIMA will open George Tsutakawa: Language of Nature, the legendary Seattle painter and sculptor, and A to Zine, which examines zines through the lens of artists’ books.

Also on display will be Blake Blanco: We All Dream, Common Threads — Dreaming of Home With Queer Youth and Elders, and a showing of works from BIMA’s Permanent Art Collection.

BIMA’s summer exhibitions are made possible with support from Laird Norton Wealth Management, Stoel Rives, The Ames Foundation, and Leslie and Michael Lebeau. The exhibitions are open daily from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is just steps away from the BI ferry terminal at 550 Winslow Way E. Complete exhibition listings can be found at

Through Aug. 28, Funderburgh’s exhibit features over 20 wood-fired ceramic and bronze sculptures, reflecting Funderburgh’s world of mythical beasts.

Through Oct. 9, Tsutakawa’s exhibit from the international icon is a retrospective that focuses on his work from 1950 forward and features sculptures, paintings, drawings and lamps from family, private and regional art museum collections — including one working fountain.

Also through Oct. 9 is a group exhibition that invites a discussion of self-published and non-commercial print works, including zines, within the context of artist’s books. A to Zine showcases work that can be produced in multiples and is typically affordable and accessible. Included are comics, poetry comics, zines, pamphlets, as well as artist’s books. Works reflect diverse topics and themes that have inspired artists — including the political, humorous, quirky, poetic, image-driven, social justice-related, and historical.

Through Aug. 28 is Blanco’s exhibit with paintings, monotypes, and sculptures mostly started before, yet impacted by, the COVID-19 pandemic. This series reflects our lives during that time — mostly indoors or together virtually, rather than in person, physically.

Also through Aug. 28, selections from The Permanent Art Collection feature William Slater, Denise Harris, Joseph Goldberg, and Jan Hoy.

Through June 26, Common Threads is a celebratory installation of LGBTQ+ Pride co-created by community groups and queer artists around the Puget Sound region. Visitors are invited to experience perspectives of belonging shared by local LGBTQ+ youth and elders, and to reflect on what it means to feel “at home” in a family, community, or museum gallery.

George Tsutakawa, 1910-1997, Votive #2 was done in 1977, bronze on wood base. John Pai Courtesy Photo