Wednesday, January 14, 2009

February Shows: Early Warning

. . . Or should we say Early Warming?

For everyone feeling the effects of the mid-winter chill, here is a month of shows especially for you:

Warm Art
Women Artists of the West
February 6-28, 2009

The work of artists whose creations warm us, one way or another
Above: Jacket by Maggy Pavlou

Textiles and Wearable Art:
Elizabeth Merrill, Port Townsend, Washington
Lynn Mizono, Whidbey Island, Washington
Britt Rynearson, Seattle, Washington
Janice Speck, Port Townsend, Washington
Arlene Wohl, Sausalito, California
Introducing: Maggy Pavlou, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Try on our warm collection of Beyond Threads sweaters, shawls, skirts and jackets
Check out our selection of Valentine's Day jewelry

Helga Winter, Port Townsend, Washington

Hand-turned wooden bowls

Alison Keogh, Seattle, Washington
A new installation: Bronze Petals

Tracy Dunn, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Kimono Series, continuing.

First Friday, February 6, 6-8 pm:

The 4th Annual Bainbridge Island Pro-Am
Bread Pudding Bakeoff!

Once again, The Island Gallery sponsors this popular benefit for Helpline House.
See past postings for detailed Entry and Tasting information.

Friday, February 20, 2009:

The Island Gallery Spring Concert Series begins Friday, February 20th with chamber music from the Beau Metro Quartet. 7:30pm. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students/seniors

(Reserve seats early - seating is limited and these concerts usually sell out.)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Bread Pudding Bakeoff Entry Form

Here are several ways to make sure your splendiferous bread pudding is registered for the 4th Annual Bainbridge Island Bread Pudding Bakeoff, Friday, February 6, 2009:

1. Below is a downloadable copy of the Bread Pudding Bakeoff entry form and rules.

To download the form: Right-click on the image, hit Save As, and choose a file to save it on your computer. You can then print it, fill it in, and return the form via regular mail (address is on the form) with your $5.00 registration fee (checks are fine), or drop it off at the gallery no later than February 4th.

2. If you prefer, you can e-mail the required information (see sections 3 and 4) to and call 206-780-9500 to register with a credit card.

Could it be any easier?


3. Call 206-780-9500 and register over the phone. We'll fill in the form for you.

By the way, we neglected to include the following "rules": Participants should taste/vote early and often, and please encourage your friends to stuff the ballot box!

We will soon be announcing the details of our February show, opening the evening of the Bakeoff. Stay tuned!

Bread Pudding? Huh??

What's this rumor about vast quantities of delicious bread pudding suddenly being prepared in kitchens all over Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County? About local restaurants dusting off their favorite recipes or inventing new ones, about local amateur bakers scrounging through granny's old cookbooks in search of the Perfect Pudding? All for a really, really good cause?

Well, it's true, and that glorious scent beginning to waft over the island means only one thing: one of the year's most popular events is right around the corner. On Friday, February 6, 2009 we sponsor our yearly benefit for Helpline House, also known as. . .

The 4th Annual Bainbridge Island Pro-Am
Bread Pudding Bakeoff!

Here's how it works:

Bakers, Pro and Am: Call or come in for a registration form (there's a small registration fee, $5 per entry, donated to Helpline House). Whip up your finest, most artful, sweet or savory bread pudding (or two, if you like). Bring it/them to the gallery around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 6th.
Last year we had 23 puddings, including: Flaming French Bread Pudding with Walnuts; Momma’s Scoop of Heaven Bread Pudding; Pan de Sal and Toasted Coconut; Amaretto Bread Pudding with Almond Sauce; Savory Pudding with Cornbread, Caramelized Onions and Jack Cheese; Piña Colada Bread Pudding; Cherrywood Smoked Bread Pudding with Butter Sautéed Apples & Home-Made Caramel Sauce; Pear Frangelica Pudding with Hazelnuts and a Frangelica Sauce; Seattle Mocha Bread Pudding; Oklahoma Southern Comfort Bread Pudding with Pecans, Shredded Coconut, and Southern Comfort-Soaked Raisins.

Are we drooling yet?

February 1, 2008: A fine array of puddings. . .

Tasters (i.e., everyone): Come to the gallery between 6-8 pm to taste and vote on Bainbridge Island's Best Bread Pudding. Buy tickets, at $1.00 per ticket, each ticket entitling you to one taste of one pudding. Do Not Attempt To Control Yourself! Try as many puddings as you like. Every dollar you spend goes directly to Helpline House, our community food bank and resource center. You can even throw in a donation in addition to ticket purchases - it's for a good cause, folks!

February 1, 2008: Let the tasting begin! The locals dig in.

Voting: After you've sampled as many puddings as possible and if you are still standing, vote for your favorite by dropping your tickets in the lucky pudding's vote jar. You can apportion your votes, too, say by giving five votes to your favorite, three to your second favorite, and two to your third favorite (that's only $10 - a sweet deal!). Around 8:00 we count the votes, and hand out medals in the following categories: Bronze Runners-Up and Honorable Mentions; Silver, Amateur; Silver, Pro; Gold, Amateur; Gold, Pro; and Gold, Best of Show.

Last Year's Grand Prize Winner:

Ron Wade
Best of Show and Best Amateur gold medals
for his
Raisin Cloud Bread Pudding
with Croissants and Caramel Sauce.
The Money: Every penny we raise goes to Helpline House, including registration fees. Last year we raised over $800 for this worthy cause; this year, with your generosity, we'll do even better!
Bakers, check back soon - we'll try to post a downloadable registration form. In the meantime, if you're ready to sign up now, contact us at or and we'll e-mail you a form. Please return before Wednesday, February 4, 2009, with all information filled in, and the registration fee. Or, call the gallery at 206-780-9500.

More information about this wonderful event coming soon!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Alison Keogh: Artist's Talk

The Island Gallery is delighted to announce that Seattle artist Alison Keogh will be giving a talk in the gallery on Sunday, January 18, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. Please join us as the artist discusses the techniques and inspirations for her stunning work (see posting below).

Refreshments will be served.