Located in the breathtaking San Juan Islands in Washington, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) is an international institution that is committed to promoting the unique arts of the Pacific Northwest. With approximately 8-10 rotating exhibitions per year, an educational lecture series, and various workshops and events, the IMA showcases the Islands’ thriving art community and has brought in shows that have drawn national attention. As an added bonus, the museum’s grounds feature beautiful landscaping and a fascinating sculpture park that’s perfect for an afternoon stroll. Whether you’re an art collector, lover, or are simply looking for a rainy-day activity, a trip to the IMA in Friday Harbor should be in your future!
Upcoming Exhibitions at the IMA in Friday Harbor
This excellent museum is the perfect place to explore and get to know the San Juans, and it’s just a short ten-minute walk from the Tucker House Inn! On your next trip to Friday Harbor, be sure to set some time aside for a walk through the museum. You may even discover your new favorite artist! Here are some incredible must-see exhibitions that will be coming to the IMA in the next few months.
1. Al WeiWei (January 23 – April 11, 2016)
The Fault Line is WeiWei’s latest exhibition that includes three pieces from the artists’ investigation of an 8.0 magnitude earthquake that killed over 60,000 people in Sichuan Province, China. The pieces feature eight sculptural coffins, a massive work of the names of all the students who died in the quake, and a video documentary of footage from the earthquake’s deathly aftermath. This exhibition gives visitors the rare opportunity to see the work of one of the top artists and political voices in the world.
2. Francisco Goya (January 23 – April 4, 2016)
Considered one of the most imaginative Spanish artists to ever live, Goya created works that utilize a variety of genres and formats. His exhibition, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, includes 16 prints that explore human nature, culture, and society, as well as difficult subjects like violence and ignorance. The pieces depict the artist’s’ despair during times of war and corruption and give audiences a glimpse of the inner workings of Goya’s mind.
3. Dana Lynn Louis (January 23 – April 4, 2016)
Known for her incredible large-scale installations, Dana Lynn Louis brings her latest exhibition, As Above, So Below, to the IMA. Like much of her previous works, this exhibition raises social and political questions and focuses on the Mali Civil War. Louis hopes that her exhibition, which includes a floor-to-ceiling drawing, suspended glass and mixed-media sculptures, etched mirrors, and video projections, will both intrigue and encourage people to live more humanely together.
Come Home to the Tucker House Inn
After a day of exploration at the museum, head back to our Friday Harbor bed and breakfast and peruse the eclectic mix of artwork, antiques, and vintage finds scattered throughout our inn. Then, feel free to enjoy a delicious dinner at Coho Restaurant, a relaxing stroll around the grounds, and a peaceful sleep in one of our guest rooms. It’s the perfect ending to a day spent at the IMA in Friday Harbor!
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Photo Credit: Tim Rustrude, San Juan Update