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What’s Up for First Friday

Sydni Sterling’s “WATERSCAPES:” vibrant acrylic paintings of water lilies and koi. Canvases range in size from murals to miniatures. - Courtesy photo
Sydni Sterling’s “WATERSCAPES:” vibrant acrylic paintings of water lilies and koi. Canvases range in size from murals to miniatures.
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Art galleries in Bremerton and Bainbridge will be celebrating the changing of exhibit at First Friday parties throughout each art district from 5-8 p.m. May 2.


• Beasts of the Kiln at The Island Gallery — 100 Madison Ave.

With a name like that, of course it’s a ceramics show, but some of these beasts aren’t quite what you’d expect to come out of the kiln.

Eva Funderburgh’s wood-fired critters have wood-fire kiln qualities, glaze and coloration, but unlike most pottery, her work also seems to emit its own emotion. A product of many different emotions that were put into them during their creation, the four-legged paperweight-sized creatures each seem to have their own personality.

Some have horns, some have wings, some have teeth, some have babies. The City Beast seems to be carrying a little village on its back and another called “Flame” has a streak of fire down its spine.

In her artist’s statement at, Funderburgh notes that the resulting creature from all of her inspiration doesn’t really care where it came from, “it’s simply here to share its enjoyment of life.”

She wants to give the world back its whimsy.

Funderburgh’s beasts will be showing alongside Kitsap-ceramics legend Ken Lundemo and “The Daily Drawings” of local high school art teacher Greg MacDonald at the Island Gallery.


Woven basket work, art-achieving local students and the mixed-media abstraction of Marilyn Bergstrom at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, 151 Winslow Way; Beverly Gimlin’s ode to Van Gogh’s fearless use of shades and hues at Gallery Fraga, 166 Winlsow Way; The Roby King Galleries, 176 Winslow Way; A is for Artists Gallery, 123 Bjune Dr.; and other downtown businesses.


• Vibrant acrylic water lilies at Collective Visions — 331 Pacific Ave.

Local award-winning Indianola painter Sydni Sterling paints what she loves to see.

That’s why she’s consistently returned to the garden for inspiration over the years, flirting with the paradox of capturing in a still image that which is never truly still. Her show at Collective Visions this month is a direct representation in its subject matter of mainly water lilies and koi fish, above and below the water surface.

Sterling’s canvases range in size from murals to miniatures, while an extensive collection of her giclee prints on canvas will be for sale in Collective Visions new gallery store.


“Oh the Humanity” a study of the human form at the Artists for Freedom and Unity Gallery, 318 Callow Ave.; Ploy Studios, 609 4th Ave.; Claywerks Ceramic Studio, 330 Callow Ave.; The Amy Burnett Gallery, 296 Fourth St.; Alan Posner Studio, 255 Fourth St.; Studio 68, 608 Fourth St.; and other businesses in the Callow, Manette and downtown art districts.


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