The 2011 Island Treasure Awards went to Sally Robison and Ann Lovejoy.
Sally Robison, wrote one nominator, “embraces our cultural community.” Sally began her community involvement as a member of the board of Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, later becoming board president. She was a founding force behind the BAC Crab Feed, which still functions as important fundraiser for our island gallery and ensures that it continues to thrive. Sally’s many contributions were recognized by BAC in the gallery’s decision to honor her by naming the new wing the Sally Robision Gallery.
Sally continues to support BAC and also shows her work there. As a digital artists, her pieces are often whimsical – with titles such as Flying Garter Belt, Demented Windmill – or politically charged, as in her piece Ambivalent Voter Bombarded by a Progressive Idea.
In addition to her work at BAC, Sally has also been involved with many of the island’s cultural endeavors. She was the co-chair for the first Bainbridge Island Studio Tour and served as a founding member of the Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, whose mission was to “inspire the island community with extraordinary and creative experiences.”
Sally also served on the board of the Bainbridge Island Review and later began writing a bi-monthly column for the publication. The popularity of these columns resulted in the volumes A Permanent Guest’s Illustrated Guide to Bainbridge Island in which she writes about the island’s people, weather, politics, dogs, fashion (or lack thereof) and the ferry commute.
Sally Robison’s celebration of the island through her storytelling, wit, generosity and energy in support of our cultural riches, make her a treasure in the hearts of Bainbridge Islanders.
The community can enjoy Ann Lovejoy’s gifts to the Island in the many public spaces she has adopted.
“Every time I visit the Bainbridge Public Library, I am so grateful for Ann’s gift of the garden and for her creation of the means for maintaining that garden,” commented one recent library visitor.
For over a decade Ann has worked as part the Friday Tidies who prune, plant, weed, mulch and nuture the garden. Her community work is also enjoyed by passerbys at the busy corner of Winslow Way and Madison at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. During her tenure as the administrative director of the island’s Madrona School, she incorporated gardening education into the curriculum and started a whole new generation of keepers of the soil.
In addition to her work in the garden, Ann is also in high demand as a speaker, enthralling audiences with her garden knowledge, her garden storytelling, and her lessons on how the language of plants can be used to connect people everywhere. Ann has written over 18 books on gardening and cooking, and shows an ongoing commitment to creating harmony between humans and their landscape. Her column in the Kitsap Islander guides those less talented in the garden arts.
Through her gifts of time and expertise to the island and her inspiring efforts to share her knowledge and passion, Ann Lovejoy has taught us that something beautiful can happen just outside our own front door.