BIMA Block Party celebrates 10th anniversary

A free BIMA Block Party featuring art and music will take place from noon to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Experience 12 bands playing across four stages; from Americana to hip-hop, funk to Latin music, BIMA is presenting regional acts including: Shaina Shepherd, Tomo Nakayama, Stas Thee Boss, Tres Leches, Reposado, Lydia Ramsey and others.

Pop-up vendors include art and crafts, jewelry, henna tattoos, clothing and other festival favorites. A beer garden at the Gateway Stage will feature a live model “Drink & Draw” between bands. Food vendors include: Taste da Boot, Erick’s Seafood & More, and others will supplement offerings by BIMA Bistro, Agate Restaurant, Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse, Fletcher Bay Winery, and Pegasus Coffee.

Hands-on projects will be offered by BIMA and Kids Discovery Museum to keep hands and minds of all ages engaged in art making, and there will be free admission to both museums.

BIMA executive director Sheila Hughes said: “We’re calling this the Year of Appreciation. Bringing together music, art and community creates such a special shared experience, and getting to do that while celebrating the support of our community, a significant birthday, and the wealth of talented working artists in our region just felt right.”

Free offsite parking with free shuttle service from Tour Bainbridge will be available at Bainbridge High, Commodore Options and Ordway Elementary schools. Nearby paid parking is available at the BI Ferry Terminal.

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Gateway Stage

Noon-1 p.m.: Civil Rebellion, from the messy depths of punk rock to modern alternative pop.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Tres Leches.

5 p.m.: Reposado, strong hit of funk, chopping up a little jazz, a steady shake of Afro-beat, and served in a Cuban Cigar smoked glass — a cocktail of flavors the band likes to call “Tequila Funk.”

8-9:30 p.m.: Shaina Shepherd, front-woman to soul-grunge band BEARAXE, has shared stages with rock stars like Dave Matthews and Thunderpussy, inspired by the parallels between gospel and garbage metal.

Plaza Stage

1-2:30 p.m.: – Abyssinian Creole, South Seattle duo of Khingz and Gabriel Teodros. Both storied MCs with multiple decades of group work and solo work behind them.

3:30-5 p.m.: Terror/Cactus, the digital folklore and psychedelic electro-cumbia project of Martín Selasco.

6:30-8 p.m.: Tomo Nakayama, melodic, complex and emotionally compelling music has been praised by NPR, New York Times, and The Stranger.

Buxton Auditorium

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Lydia Ramsey, combining the melodies of classical and jazz composers, with the storytelling and harmonies rooted in folk music.

5-6:30 p.m.: Stas Thee Boss, formerly one half of the Psychedelic-Space-Rap-Jazz duo THEESatisfaction.

Beacon Stage

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Mirabai, A guitarist, singer/songwriter, Mirabai loves nothing more than telling an absurd story with an honest emotional core.

3-4:30 p.m.: Maya Marie, soulful voice backed by the grit of rock.

6:30-8 p.m.: Bannister & Maine, a musical duo from Kingston their talents combine in a beautiful harmony-filled repertoire of American music. From classic country and R&B to funky roots, folk, and beyond.

BIMA Spotlight

The event also coincides with BIMA’s first-ever juried exhibition, BIMA Spotlight, featuring work from more than 150 Puget Sound-area artists, 26 from Kitsap County.

Six jurors reviewed approximately 3,400 artworks, submitted by 606 artists from the Puget Sound region. The result is a diverse show, filling the majority of BIMA’s two gallery floors.

The show closes Sept. 24.

BIMA Spotlight features diverse media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture in metal, wood, ceramic, glass, and mixed media, artists’ books, fiber art and textiles and jewelry art.

“BIMA Spotlight was not juried along certain themes or art genres, however, several have emerged,” said Greg Robinson of BI, chief curator and one of the judges. “These include environmental concerns, social justice issues, art from recycled and repurposed materials, installation work, landscapes, portraiture and abstract art.”

A BIMA news release says visitors will experience a broad range of art, including: dynamic and joyful art by Jeremy Bell; quirky and captivating tin sculptures by Kathy Ross; beautiful and story-filled tapestries by Carletta Carrington Wilson; and the ceramic sculptures of Sue Roberts, which are both hilarious and poignant.

The two-story Beacon Window Gallery had a separate review process with the same six jurors. Thirty-four artists applied. Shawn Parks of Bainbridge Island was selected for this summer, with his colorful mechanical curtains installation – subtly hinting at what may be revealed further.

Other locals with works in the show include: Karsten Boysen of Port Orchard; Diane Haddon of Suquamish; Ashley Johnson of Bremerton; Julie Anne Mann of Poulsbo; Don Moore and Amy Pleasant of Kingston; Janice Tayler of Olalla; Wendy Armstrong, Bill Baran-Mickie, Michelle Bianchi, Sophie Frieda, Gigi Godrey, Sandy Haight, Meg Hartwell, Maya Leites, Danis Morgan, Jacqueline Moseley, Laurie Belanus Odell, Jenny Pavey, Michael Pontieri, Amy Roberts, Michael Scarbrough, Charles Sharpe, Naomi Spinak, Steve Stolee and Tamara Stone, all of Bainbridge Island.

Lydia Ramsey courtesy photo
Shaina Shepherd courtesy photo
Tomo Nakayama courtesy image