AHB’s Bainbridge in Bloom Annual Garden Tour Celebrates its 30th year, June 2nd and 3rd 2018

Tickets on sale now!

The 30th annual Bainbridge in Bloom will take place this June 2 and 3 and will delight and inspire all visitors. What does 30 years of the Bloom mean? It means three decades of showcasing the incredible level of artistry that members of the island community bring to the craft of gardening and landscape design. Three decades of introducing visitors from around the region and across the country to the unique beauty of Bainbridge Island. Three decades of celebrating the joyful abundance of summer in the Pacific Northwest.

Presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB), this premiere garden tour offers a chance to go behind the hedges and fences of five six stunning island gardens. In addition to fabulous flora and breathtaking landscape design, each garden will feature charming performances by an array of local musicians. By tradition, exact locations of the gardens won’t be revealed until the weekend of the tour. However, we’ve nicknamed each of our six tour destinations to give Bloom fans an idea of what to expect. This year, tour-goers will visit: the European Woodland Garden; the Sophisticated Urban Garden; the Glass Art Garden; the Paradise for Plant Collectors; the Expansive Private Garden; and the Tranquil Water Sanctuary. Excited yet?

More details, including tantalizing preview photos, can be found on our Bainbridge in Bloom page, and tickets can be purchased below!


Take a listen to Bloom organizers Patty Bell and Linda Kramer Jenning discuss 30 years of the Bloom on BCB’s latest podcast right here:


National Poetry Month has come and gone, but you can keep on enjoying Poetry Corners 2018!

In honor of National Poetry Month, we once again presented our annual Poetry Corners program, a celebration of artful verse that includes a poetry competition, public exhibitions, and live poetry readings.

Since 1999, Poetry Corners has been an opportunity for local poets to share their work with the community. Throughout February, the Poetry Corners Juried Competition gathered submissions from local poets of all ages, disciplines, and experience levels, and in March, our volunteer jury reviewed the entries and made its selections. Beginning the first week of April, winning submissions from the poetry competition went up in the windows of businesses and community spaces around Bainbridge Island to be enjoyed by patrons and passers-by throughout National Poetry Month. These insightful compositions enhanced our shared spaces by inviting us to pause, read, absorb, reflect, and come away inspired.

Many poets whose works were selected for the program also shared their poetry aloud at Poetry Corners LIVE, a celebratory evening of live readings. The event was hosted at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on April 25th, 2018 and was recorded by Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, a community service of BARN. The BIMA Bistro hosted a reception featuring fine food which was followed by live readings in the BIMA Auditorium.

Listen to a full recording of the evening’s readings below!

Copies of the Poetry Corners 2018 chapbook are available for purchase in the AHB office. If you didn’t get the chapbook at Poetry Corners LIVE or weren’t able to make it to the event, don’t forget to pick up a copy or three. Poetry Corners 2018 can live on on your bookshelf! The first copy is $10, and each additional copy after the first is $5. Get one for yourself and give them to your family and friends!

Public Art Committee issues Call for Art!

Our Public Art Committee (PAC) is calling for submissions for the first round of outdoor sculpture installations in our Something New project! Visit the Public Art page for more information and to download a copy of the Call for Art.

Something New is a new public art project sponsored by Arts and Humanities Bainbridge, PAC, and the City of Bainbridge Island. It will provide both a dynamic public art experience and an ongoing opportunity for sculptors from around the Pacific Northwest to exhibit their work.

The inaugural exhibit, to be installed in June of 2018, will place sculptures in three outdoor locations in downtown Winslow: along Winslow Way near its intersection with Ericksen Avenue; in Waterfront Park; and in the harborside plaza at the southern end of Madison Avenue. The concrete pedestals installed at each of these sites will be permanent. However, the artwork on display won’t be! Instead, a new collection of sculptures will be selected and rotated in annually, offering Bainbridge Island “something new” year after year. AHB and PAC expect to expand the program annually.

AHB is growing the Arts In Education Consortium in 2018!

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge is pleased to announce that its Arts In Education Consortium (AIEC) is broadening its scope and has secured several new partners for the new year.

Bloedel Creative Resident Ruby Hansen Murray

Bloedel Reserve has begun collaborating with AIEC to place their Creative Residents into participating classrooms. Bloedel hosts Creative Residents for multi-week retreats to pursue projects or research related to nature. Creative Residents can be artists, composers, writers, botanists, landscape architects, researchers and more. In December 2017, writer and Bloedel Creative Resident Ruby Hansen Murray partnered with AIEC to bring creative writing workshops to Suquamish Elementary School.

AIEC is excited to have the participation of Suquamish Elementary School. The school has hosted AIEC workshops in the past and rejoins the program as of this school year.

The program is also coordinating with teachers from Bainbridge High School’s English Department to bring local writers and creative wordsmiths to their classrooms.

Students at Woodward Middle School explore drama at an AIEC Residency

Expanding AIEC’s reach will benefit student learning outcomes across the school district and will provide critical opportunities for local artists to engage community members in their creative work.

Click here to learn more about the Arts In Education Consortium!