Poetry Corners 2018 is here!

In honor of National Poetry Month, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) once again presents its annual Poetry Corners program. This celebration of artful verse 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 are 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 enhance our shared spaces by inviting us to pause, read, absorb, reflect, and come away inspired. A complete list of where to find Poetry Corners Window Displays is available below.

Poets whose works were selected for the program will also share their poetry aloud at Poetry Corners LIVE, a celebratory evening of live readings. The event will be hosted at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on April 25th, 2018. The event is free to attend, but registration is required (brownpapertickets.com). The BIMA Bistro will host a reception featuring fine food and drink at 6pm, followed by live readings in the BIMA Auditorium at 7pm.

Check out our Poetry Corners page for information on other exciting Poetry Month events.


STUDENT POEMS appear at Town & Country Market:

“The Sea,” Eli Brouwer, Grade 5
“A Butterfly,” Jonah Brouwer, Grade 3
“First and Marion,” Will Patrick, Grade 11
“My Cello,” Teia Roza McCoskery, Grade 4
“Who Are You?” Ella Zachariah, Grade 9

ALL OTHER POEMS appear at various locations up and down Winslow Way:

“Six Decades,” Lisa Ashley  –  Island Tasting Room
Untitled poem, Stephanie Balzarini  –  Bainbridge Island Community Pharmacy
Untitled haiku, Kaj Bune  –  Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
“Cowgirl Dorothy,”  Rebecca Christensen  –  Good Egg
“Hope,” Jenny Coates  –  Eleven Winery Tasting Room
“Uncultured,” Becky L. Crook  –  Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce
“This Rain,” Marsha Cutting  –  Salt House Mercantile
“Beasting It Up,” John Davis  –  That’s A Some Pizza
“Meditations on Shunryū Suzuki’s Waterfall,” Judy Shimek Drechsler  –  The Art Project
“Circling the Edges,” Judith Duncan  –  Island Family Eyecare
“Coffee,” Carol Fawcett  –  Blackbird Bakery
“Skagit Valley Geese,” Nancy Fowler  –  Columbia Bank
“Word Chefette,” Stephani Galaday  –  The Berry Patch
“It’s Spring,” Lisa Giles  –  Tango Zulu
“How Does One?” Dawn Henthorn  –  Cuts Above
“Three Legged Red,” Kristen Hotchkiss  –  Z Bones
“Doorknob,” Sue Hylen  –  Dana’s Showhouse
“Your Letter,” Carl Jensen  –  Bainbridge Public Library
“Travelers,” Kate Lynn  –  Bon Bon
“Peg,” Diane L. Moser  –  Roby King Gallery
“Buddha Babies,” Fred Nicholson  –  Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
“Asa’s Barn,” Rex Olsen  –  Hattie Rose
“Only Now…” Linda Packard  –  Magnolias
“Cracks in the Plaster,” Adelia Ritchie  –  Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
“Sure to Bleed,” Tamera Roza  –  Sweet Deal
“Say,” Janet McClain Smith  –  Bainbridge HeArt & Soul
“On Artillery Hill,” David Stallings  –  Sandy’s Barber Shop
“A Woman’s Proposal,” Sharon Svendsen  –  Wish Boutique
“Alchemy in the Garden,” Jane Swanson  –  Plum
“Yoga Lessons,” Nancy Taylor  –  Petit & Olson
“Sunrise,” Savanna Troka  –  Roby King Gallery
“Affetuoso,” Diane Walker  –  Danger
“Ways to Get Wet,” Jeff Wenker  –  Eagle Harbor Book Company
“White Hair and a Cane,” Beverley West  –  The Traveler
“Hickory Dickory Stop,” Gerald Young  –  Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

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!