If you have not yet visited the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, now is the perfect time to plan a trip. The Museum, located in the heart of Winslow and close to the ferry terminal, is just a short drive from Tacoma and offers, what we think, might be the only permanent Book Arts Gallery in the Nation! One of the museum founders and book collector, Cynthia Sears is responsible for the establishment of this wonderful local resource. The Sherry Grover Gallery is currently featuring the exhibition, “You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover – A Selection of International Bindings.” The show focuses on the work of Bernard Middleton. Learn more by watching this Youtube video: The exhibition brings together a collection of bindings that honor his skill and artistry. The works are visually stunning with intricate bindings showcasing gold, multiple leathers, and incredible craftsmanship. Also included in the exhibition are many works of Philip Smith. From his website: “Philip Smith is an internationally renowned designer bookbinder and book artist. He has been designing and creating intricate and fascinating bindings for well over 50 years and has been awarded gold and silver medals in several international competitions. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for services to Art:
The Gallery is a unique space which has a large table for viewing and cases that provide visual access from both sides. The lighting showcases the books and the subtle wood tones create a warn ambience fitting for the art of the book. This is truly a jewel in the crown of a great new museum and we were privileged to have the opportunity to learn first-hand from Ms. Sears about the collection and the museum. For more information about the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and the permanent Art Book Collection, be sure to visit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art website.