The fourth exhibition of the Something New temporary sculpture program opens this Friday during the Friday Art Walk. This year the program expands to five sculptures at four locations: City Hall entrance, Winslow Way / Erikson Ave (at T&C Market Café end), the Plaza next to Doc’s Restaurant, and Waterfront Park. All five artists should be in attendance for the Art Walk to share their work with the public.
Of special note, artist Jennifer Kuhns will be holding her own public event at her sculpture “Fertility” located outside the T&C Market on Winslow Way. She will be building the nest structure underneath her large mosaic egg, and she invites the public to help her. Her large “egg” is made of terra cotta and is covered in a field of stained glass and beads creating a bright and wonderful image of two birds and flowers.
Shawn Marie Johnson’s tall steel sculpture, “Wandering Trees” is at the entrance to City Hall. This towering “tree” image has both figurative and abstract elements. A walk around will fascinate with continual changes of her imaginary landscape.
Jan Hoy’s sculptures are well known. We are fortunate to have “Cardinal Connect” in this year’s exhibition. Placement of this fabricated abstract bronze sculpture is situated low to the ground in Waterfront Park for an almost nest-like feel. According to the artist, all her works are puzzles, using simple shapes and creating forms that solve conceptual questions. Hoy also has more intimate-scaled works at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.
Another Waterfront Park sculpture, “Steel Sketch” by artist Ed McCarthy, is a towering steel line drawing. The forms seem to dance, or as the artists imagines, “colliding” geometric shapes. In the park setting, where the sky is the limit, the viewer can just let them float.
The final sculpture is “Truth” by artist Macrea Wylde. This is down in the plaza that connects the Marina area with lower Madison Avenue near Doc’s Grill and Pegasus. This is a visually solid word sculpture, hand-built interlocking letters. This work is one of a series, each insisting the viewer consider the concept: truth. Perhaps we are in a time when this is a most important concept to think about and believe in.
All five sculptures are as varied in concept as they are in process. This year’s jury included the Associate Curator of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Amy Sawyer. Other jurors included local merchant representative, Mary Terry, and Shawn Parks, a member of the Bainbridge Island Public Art Committee of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.
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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.