Wednesday, March 9 • 8:30am - 4:30pm
Bainbridge Island Artists' Books Tour

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This tour is an excursion for lovers of book arts. The group will travel from downtown Seattle's waterfront by Washington State Ferry across Puget Sound to scenic Bainbridge Island. This scenic ferry ride lasts about 35 minutes and you will have spectacular views of the city and Mt. Rainier (if the sun is out!). The day begins at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, a recently opened museum supporting local art and one that has a unique and special artists' book room and gallery.  Attendees will meet with museum founder and artists' book advocate and collector, Cynthia Sears.  Her collection is phenomenal and the group will have the chance to talk with her as well as examine books.

The group will then travel via pre-arranged transportation to her private home and studio on Bainbridge Island to enjoy a catered lunch and meet personally with six or seven prominent book artists of the region. Each artist will have items on display and will provide a lightning round talk concerning their work. In addition, the private home has permanent exhibits on display.

Upon return to the ferry, participants have the opportunity to enjoy the town of Winslow which is home to many unique art galleries, including Bainbridge Arts and Crafts. Learn more about Arts and Crafts on Bainbridge Island. Ferries run about every 35 minutes back to Seattle, so you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy the Island and its many fine galleries, boutiques and restaurants.

Note: This tour blends walking and private transportation. Led by Jane Carlin, Director of the Collins Library, University of Puget Sound and Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts Librarian, University of Washington attendees will meet at the Westin and walk through Pike Place Market and along the Seattle Waterfront to reach the ferry terminal where they will sail as walk-on passengers. On Bainbridge, the museum is a 0.2 mile walk from the ferry terminal. A shuttle will transport attendees between BIMA and the private home, and then from the private home to the Bainbridge ferry terminal where they will walk on the ferry for the return sailing.

Maximum Participants: 15

Fee: $65

Accessibility: Walking one mile in Seattle; walking 0.2 mile on Bainbridge Island.

Transportation: Walking to Seattle's Colman Dock ferry terminal via Pike Place Market, and between the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Minibus between museum and residence. Walk or taxi (not included) back to Westin from Colman Dock.


Jane Carlin

(Library Director, University of Puget Sound)

Wednesday March 9, 2016 8:30am - 4:30pm

Attendees (7)