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What's Up For First Friday | Art Walks in Bremerton and Bainbridge

'Terre Fine' — one of many pieces in Collective Vision's boardroom gallery showcase of artists 'On The Verge' this month.
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What to look for on art walks in Bremerton and Bainbridge, Sept. 4.

IN BREMERTON

'Save the AFU'

The Artists for Freedom and Unity, a grass roots collective of alternative artists and musicians, is in danger of losing its building space on Callow Avenue. Dealt a heavy blow by a combination of the economy, declining revenues and the death of two of its founding members in the past year, the AFU is struggling to survive.

They will host a big First Friday fundraising bash with live music from Generation Decline, Triple Forte, Coat Hangers and Blenders, Jack Trippers, Country Controll, To Paint The Sky and A Version Of along with a bevy of independent art for sale, beer in the back and donations accepted all night, starting around 6 p.m. Sept. 4, 318 N. Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All Ages, bar w/ ID, $5 at the door.

Info: www.myspace.com/artfreeunity.

'Northwest Passages'

Impressionistic watercolorist Michelle Van Berkom has created a visual odyssey of the Alaskan wilderness and passages of the greater Pacific Northwest this month at Collective Visions Gallery.

"Each painting is a mini-vacation" she says, "transporting you to the splendor of the natural environment."

Her work will hang through the month in the upper-level main show room of the CVG.

Meanwhile, in the lower-level Boardroom Gallery, 14 emerging Washington artists come together in an exhibit of painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, basketry, fibers and more, forged from their participation in the 2008 Artist Trust's EDGE program.

Both exhibits will be feted with a reception from 5-8 p.m., First Friday, Sept. 4, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton.

Info: www.collectivevisions.com.

ALSO CHECK OUT: Extreme weather footage and a lesson in disaster preparedness from the Red Cross at the Kitsap County Historical Society Museum, 280 4th St.; local art at the library, 612 5th St.; the Amy Burnett Gallery, 296 Fourth St.; Claywerks Ceramics Studio, 380 Callow Ave. and other downtown, Callow and Manette businesses in Bremerton.

ON BAINBRIDGE

'Tools' and New Work

In addition to a multi-artist exhibit in homage of the use, geometry and idea of "tools," Bainbridge Arts and Crafts will feature new works from four established local artists this month.

Seven new Eastern Washington landscapes — from Bainbridge-based architect Scott Allen, who paints the landscape he grew up with — join oil pastel portraits of Bainbridge — from Susan Croy Roth, an artist new to BAC — in addition to brilliantly-colored textile work by Joan Spier and humor with an edge in a spate of line drawings from Germaine Austin.

Both exhibits will be feted with a reception from 5-8 p.m. First Friday Sept. 5, 151 Winslow Way on Bainbridge.

Info: www.bacart.org.

ALSO CHECK OUT: The grand opening of The Upstairs Gallery at the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave.; a fall revue of all artists at the Roby King Galleries, 176 Winslow Way; local art at the library, 1270 Madison Ave.; The Island Gallery, 100 Madison Ave.; A is for Artists Gallery, 123 Bjune St.; Bainbridge Performing Arts' lobby gallery, 200 Madison Ave. and other local businesses on Bainbridge.

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