Collective Visions in an art gallery in downtown Bremerton, located at 331 Pacific Avenue. Currently on display are the entries and winners for a statewide competition. All artists featured are from Washington State, and their works range from photography and classical painting to sculptures and 3D art. It’s a great place to visit on a rainy afternoon, and admission is free. The gallery is well lit and staffed with at least one volunteer. There are two levels, one main floor and one downstairs. Years ago, the building was used for other purposes, and one gated off room has First National Bank painted over the doorway of what was probably an old vault. The volunteers are helpful, knowledgeable, and interesting to talk to. They open at 10:00 Tuesday through Saturday, every day except Sunday when they open at 1:00 p.m. And they close at five o’clock. A pleasant place to wander or just have a moment to yourself.
Thrifty Mom note: Postcards of current artworks are available for purchase, the artworks themselves are rather spendy. Taking pictures is entertaining, and gives you a strangely lit image of your favorite piece, since there is no way to adjust the lighting. Or, try your own hand at creating a piece of artwork. My own favorite medium is the lowly pencil, and not just because it’s cheap! I love black and white and the personal quality of a drawing. Paint can be expensive, as are canvases and other materials. If you decide to paint, a warning about unwashable paints like oils and acrylics, and small children. They do not mix. Your clothes and furniture will be much safer with watercolors. Photography is also a form of art, and with babies and pets, there is endless opportunity for great photos.