The winter doldrums are fading and what better way to celebrate than diving into the Bainbridge Island art scene? Classes and shows abound with a sharp focus on the world class talent that calls the Puget Sound region home.

The Winslow Arts Center is presenting classes for all ages in painting, drawing, calligraphy, mixed media and much more. Taught by regionally and nationally recognized artists and instructors at the Center’s intimate studio which is easily accessible from Bainbridge Island or the entire region. If it’s time to learn something new or dust off rusty skills this is the place to start.

Opening in mid-June the exciting Bainbridge Island Art Museum will bring an eclectic mix of regional artists for display. With an auditorium and classrooms available this will be an welcome addition to the regional arts milieu. The new museum is a work in progress and much remains to be done.

The Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, has since 1986 provided an umbrella organization fostering art and culture on Bainbridge. The Council provides a funding source through its grants and awards programs to encourage the growth of humanities and art throughout the island. Offering award winning art education to youth, sponsoring film makers, poetry and facilitating Art in Public exhibits and installations the Council seeks to enrich the lives of everyone touched by the island’s way of life.

A highlight of the summer is the August 9th through 11th Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. A self guided tour, accessible by bicycle, visit more than 50 participating studios. Meet the artists see works in progress, tools and raw materials. Explore the creative and perhaps be inspired to release some of your own. Be prepared to enjoy the fine foods available along the way and perhaps return home with something beautiful that has spoken to you and is irresistible.

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