Curator Gregory M. Robinson has assembled artists who, while they revere nature, are adopting positions of awareness, concern, alarm and panic. With US governmental protections for the environment in danger of being unraveled by the new Trump administration, artists become canaries in the mine again. With the new museums purview of displaying artists of the Puget Sound Basin area, BIMA brings authority and standards to artists who live in remote areas without institutional support.
Revering Nature artists address pollution, endangered species and global warming, among other pending maladies. Although Island artists are not overlooked, they are joined by better-known artists from Seattle, Nebraska, California and Oregon such as Kait Rhoads, Karen Kunc, Cari Ferraro and Lisa Onstad, respectively.
Paintings, sculpture, printmaking, fibre art and installation art join examples from BIMAs core permanent collection of artists books collected by the museums founding partner Cynthia Sears. Leslie Wus Wanderer is a self-portrait of the artist in a rowboat, her back to the viewer, confronting a lake, trees and mountains. More unusual materials include cut feathers, bark and seeds, basalt and stripped cedar logs, the latter by veteran Vashon Island artist Hans Nelsen.