“Something New,” Public Art’s newest program, will be officially unveiled on the First Friday Art Walk, July 6th from 6-8 pm.

 The Public Art Committee, a subcommittee of Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, partners with the City of Bainbridge Island to manage and facilitate COBI’s Public Art Program.  Their newest project, “Something New,” consists of a rotating public art venture, featuring sculptures by regional artists to be displayed for one year within the Winslow corridor.

 Last Fall, the Bainbridge Island City Council approved funding for this one-year pilot project for public art.  The Public Art Committee conducted a call for art, selected a jury and collaborated with COBI’s Public Works department to design pedestals for the selected sculptures.  Selections were made in 

March, the artists were notified in April, pedestals were built in May and the sculptures are being installed in June.  

 The three chosen pieces and locations are: “Hand in Hand by William Robinson (to be placed in Waterfront Park across from the Senior Center), “Iris Flare” by Lin McJunkin and Milo White (to be placed on Winslow Way near the intersection with Erickson Avenue) and “Three Color Spires” by Gerry Newcomb, which will stand in the harbor-side plaza at the southern end of Madison Avenue.  

For the official unveiling of “Something New” on July 6th, the Public Art Committee will have a tent on Winslow Way and provide shuttle rides between the three locations, allowing the community to view the selected pieces and meet the artists.  All are welcome to join the festivities.  

While the bases are permanent, the art is not.  Once approved by City Council, the next round of art will be selected and installed in 2019.  

“Something New” supports the Cultural Element of COBI’s Comprehensive Plan by creating a stimulating visual environment on Bainbridge Island.  The Public Art Program and the Public Art Committee provide stewardship of the City’s public art portfolio, allowing the community to experience great art, to support local artists, and and to foster the creative process in our region.  

For more info visit http://www.ahbainbridge.org

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