Saturday, December 30, 2017

You're Invited: First Friday Artwalk, January 5, 2017

Greet the New Year with new designs
for furniture, wall art and wearables

Featuring the Gallery’s Storewide
Annual January Sale

January 5 – 31, 2018

Opening Reception:
First Friday, January 5, 6-8 pm

Betsy Giberson
Shibori Artist

In Concert:

The Jenny Davis Jazz Duo


Top:  Carl Yurdin, Small Bench.  Madrona and Iroka with Ebony insert
(with Happy Customer)
(Bainbridge Island)
Lower Right:  Carl Yurdin, Walnut Bench, Three Seats
(In collaboration with Tom Johnson)
(Bainbridge Island)

About the Show:
National demographics reveal trends toward smaller living spaces, whether folks are just starting out, or downsizing.  Gallery artists are therefore thinking outside the box to design artistic and functional pieces for these spaces.  Whether considering innovative concepts in furniture, wall art or wearables, take a look at Inspiring Design from our 75 artists.  Visit the Gallery in person, as well as our extensive Website and Online Shop. 

About the Musicians:

The Jenny Davis Jazz Duo

A Seattle native, Jenny Davis earned her Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts. She is currently working on her MFA in jazz composition.  A 20-year steward of straight-ahead jazz, she actively performs throughout the U.S. and Canada in clubs, festivals and jazz venues.  A true original with an authentic sound, Jenny has that rare vocal ability to swing hard in the pocket and hold her own with the best musicians in the business.  Jenny’s commitment to the art form is never more evident than in her third and newest CD release “INSIDE YOU”, where legendary jazz composer Rodgers Grant sought her to record his beautiful ballad “Morning Glory”.  A versatile vocalist, she is highly requested and is considered one of the Pacific Northwest’s top big band 
vocalists.  A passionate steward of jazz, Jenny passes on the tradition as a jazz educator, and vocal coach.  Davis is inspired by such great jazz vocalists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Mel Tormé, Shirley Horn, June Christy and Kurt Elling.

“A pure voice and laser like pitch!” (Jazz Times) 
“Vocalese doesn’t get any better than this!” (All About Jazz)
“A welcome addition to the history of jazz vocalists.” (All About Jazz) 
“Stellar vocal jazz...magnificent...talented!” (Smother) 

The Island Gallery at Sotheby’s

240 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA
Continuing through January 31, 2018

Selected work from Gallery Artists David Berger & Pam Galvani

About The Island Gallery

Established in 2002, The Island Gallery features internationally recognized artists whose work takes traditional art  forms in exciting new directions:  studio furniture and sculpture;  museum quality textile art  and wearables; wood fired ceramics from the finest potters in America; paintings and prints; and unique jewelry creations. Monthly exhibitions include live musical concerts, featuring such genres as jazz, rock, folk, chamber music and performance art.  This, along with its reputation for excellence,  makes The Island Gallery a destination spot on beautiful Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, and steps from the new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  In 2017 the Island Gallery celebrated 15 years of collaboration with unique and talented artists from near and far.

Contact Us/Visit:

Web site:


Tuesdays - Saturdays 11:00 – 6:00 pm
Sundays Noon – 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays

Event Location: 

The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E, #120, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Season's Greetings! December 2017

Happy Holidays!  

We wish you a Healthy, Safe, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.  

From The Island Gallery: Susan, Karen, and Susan.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gallery Picks Newsletter, December 2017

Happy Holidays, and a very special one it is for all of us here at The Island Gallery.  This month we are celebrating our 15th anniversary.

From the tiniest, narrowest, off-the-beaten-path retail space in town we have grown into a beautiful two-showroom gallery in the heart of Bainbridge Island, smack-dab in the midst of one of the country's most vibrant art communities.  It has been a marvelous ride.  And the work we are able to present, thanks to a brilliant stable of artists and our owner's discerning and bold curatorial style, is better and better all the time.  So here in our Holiday Newsletter we would like to give you a look at some of these latest offerings, including suggestions for gifts for everyone on your shopping list.  Please enjoy, and here's to you, our dedicated customers, with warm wishes for the happiest of holidays!

(For more information on the items shown below, please click image or text)

It's the time of year when everyone's busy, and a picture is definitely worth a thousand words.
Throughout this post we're going to follow those sage words and let the art do the talking -
right after we introduce our newest textile artist:

Already an accomplished artist, Jan Badgley has
expanded on her background in painting and interior design to become a
clothing designer whose playful pieces function as wearable art.  Her medium
for these creations, felted wool, is a favorite for those seeking one-of-a-kind,
ultra-stylish yet cozy clothing and accessories, featuring minimum weight and
maximum wearability, comfy in all climates and situations, to
dress up or dress down and - so attractive to us here in the
Pacific Northwest - great for layering.

Following in the tradition of her friend and mentor, Barbara de Jounge, Jan
embraces the Japanese design aesthetics of simplicity, asymmetry, understatement
and freedom from formula.  Each of Jan’s designs brings together strong graphic
elements and functional fashion. Jan uses simple materials and shibori techniques,
folding and unfolding felted wool as the wool contracts and expands. She delights in
exploring the many possibilities of the sewing machine, thread and yarn.

As Jan notes:

Translating my background in painting to clothing is an exciting challenge.
I follow in the tradition of Barbara de Jounge and the Japanese aesthetic.
Using the simple materials of felted wool and shibori techniques, I am unfolding
as the wool contracts. The sewing machine, thread and yarn have many possibilities.
My favorite quote is by the artist Francis Picabia: “your head is round so your
thinking can change direction.” This flexibility in attitude keeps life
interesting and renewing.

Long-time Gallery visitors might remember the work of Jan's mentor,
Barbara de Jounge, one of our more popular textile artists over the years,
who sadly passed away several years ago.  If so, you will no doubt
have your memory jogged in a most delightful way when you see Jan's work!
But you will also see that even as she honors Barbara's creative legacy and
sensibilities, her vibe is distinctly her own.  Arguably, she takes her designs another
step or two further along the road of refined cut and panache.  The pure joyous
vibrancy, for example, of Jan's "Strings" necklaces gels beautifully
with all her pieces and, like any good String, ties them together,
showing a sophistication that turns simple creations
into must-have accessories.

At this time of year, any of Jan's pieces make excellent gifts, even
for that special someone who insists she has absolutely everything!
We suspect she will make room in her closet for one or two of these.
(A little more about that below.)
See Jan's pieces at her Artist Pages, here.

Please enjoy the rest of our gift-giving suggestions as we take
you on this Holiday Tour!

Just arrived, from her latest collection

Agnieszka Kulon for Kreatia, Red Coat

Left:  Mary Jaeger:  Accordion BonBon Scarves, silk shibori

These scarves are brand new, and stunning!

On in beautiful grey-tones on the left, a tempting basket of warmth on the right.

Linda McCord Hats

Super cute hats 
from Linda McCord

From David.Bali
Right:  Pria
A hand-stamped batik shirt or light jacket
for men or women.
Cool and comfy, great for travel.
Indigo and white.

What fun, and great gifts under $40.00 for women, men and teens:
Appearing on this Tee, our very first, is the image of a dear friend, Eva Funderburgh's
cheery Swimming Beast, one of her remarkable wood fired sculptures.


Modern styling from a designer of pearl jewelry whose exquisite
hand-knotting is truly a sight to behold.

Extraordinary paper jewelry that still takes our breath away!



Right: Aluminum Dangles,
Three Styles

And below:
A gorgeous mabe pearl necklace!
Creations in merino wool.
(See individual items here.)


Because It's the Holidays: 
Special vessels, to sip wassail...

 ...To light up with candles...

...To adorn with red roses...

Dave Berfield Vase
(Is that an elephant we see there...)

...To share with Feathered Friends...

Chris Thompson, New Birdhouses

...Oh, here's a Feathered Friend now...

Bill Galvani, Long-Billed Curlew

...To dine and entertain with family and guests...

Mysteria Table, Gallery Collaboration
Sean Carleton, Coffee Table
...To help pull the Sleigh (perhaps)...

Spirit of the Woolly Mammoth, Western Red Cedar Slab/Room Divider

...To shine a little light on the situation...

...To Deck the Halls and Walls...

...To Snuggle with by an Open Fire...


...To see things Upon a Midnight Clear....

Larry Roberts
Handheld Mirrors


Felted Wool

Left:  An assortment
Right:  Rice Paddle

Strings Necklaces

Also falling into this $30 and under category: let's take another look at Jan Badgley's Strings, as a reminder that these wonderful soft felted wool necklaces can be worn singly or piled high, one color at a time, or in a rainbow!  It's entirely up to you.  But what great gifts!

Thanks so much for visiting us, and once again we wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays!

Visit Us: 
The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E, #120, Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Underground parking is available at The Winslow off Ericksen Avenue
The Island Gallery will be open every day through December 24th! 
(Visit our Online Shop any time at all, 24/7.)