This article originally appeared on Bainbridge Island Review on Feb 9, 2022
Bill Baran-Mickle has a fascinating skill set.
Not only is he talented turning metal into artwork, he’s also adept in the kitchen turning out croissants.
Baran-Mickle helped design the Fine Metals Studio at Bainbridge Artisan and Resources Network. But he’s also provided croissants at events for years, been asked to teach how to make them, and he’s finally given in.
The class will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Sign up through the BARN website at the Kitchen Arts Program page. More classes may be offered later in the year.
The class reflects the personal giving practice Baran-Mickle has offered around Bainbridge for 12 years — called “Random Acts of Croissants.” On the boards and committees of BARN, Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts and the Public Art Committee, he has displayed his baking talents to them.
ABOUT BILL BARAN-MICKLE: 2020 Island Treasure Awardee. Recently, Bill has enjoyed exhibiting in several international art biennial exhibitions. Of the three in which he has participated, he won Third Place for Sculpture from the European Confederation of Art Critics in the Chianciamo Biennale, at the Chianciano Art Museum in Italy in 2011, and First Place in Applied Arts in the London Biennale of 2013. In 2013 alone, he will have participated in eight exhibitions: from London to a two-person exhibition near home. In addition, Bill was asked to be a representative for CCAC’s exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Metals Department, and a mix of group shows in New York City, Miami, Seattle and Las Vegas. Bill is the designer of the 10 foot Equitorial Bowstring Sundial located at the Richie Observatory in Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island, WA and completed in 2015.