BREMERTON – Local creatives now have a space to share their work with the community in a studio open in May called Bremerton Canvas.
In addition to being an art gallery, the space at 830 Pacific Ave. Suite 100, can be rented by the hour by anyone to use as a photography studio, pop-up store or workspace. Private events can also be booked.
Bremerton Canvas co-owner and director Logan Westom said he envisions the studio as a tool people can use for everything from photography to yoga until they step past it and find a space. local to continue their work.
Concert photographer Rachel Demy, whose photographs were shown at the studio’s most recent event, said it was “really perfect” that Bremerton Canvas was so versatile.
“I think it’s adaptable, and given the nature of the situation over the past year and a half with the pandemic, it’s absolutely vital for small towns to have these kinds of spaces,” Demy said.
Bremerton Canvas has also hosted First Friday events every month since opening. The first Friday in July was a “concert photography art exhibit,” which included groups or photographers with ties to Kitsap County.
Westom said the connection to the region was important to him when planning the event.
“It was just as great to be able to show musicians, photographers and bands from the Bremerton-Kitsap area who have sort of been successful and making a living playing music and being photographers and so on. mentioned. “It was just great being able to kind of share the Bremerton music scene and the things that kind of comes from Bremerton in that regard.”
Jered Scott, photographer for Bremerton pop-punk group MxPx, said the event was another take on the punk shows he attended in the sense of bringing people together.
“It gives people with, like, a common interest, a space to come together and then connect with that interest,” Scott said.
One of the three collections presented was that of musician Ben Gibbard of the groups Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. Demy, who is their touring photographer and married to Gibbard, said this exhibit was a great place to showcase portraits of him that were unrelated to Death Cab for Cutie, as he is the only one local to Bremerton.
“I just picked out photographs that I knew I wouldn’t use in a Death Cab for Cutie project and ones that didn’t really have a home elsewhere except for a show like this,” Demy said.
Photographs from MxPx, referred to as “Bremerton’s Basic” by Scott, were also on display in the gallery.
“He (Westom) just reached out and he just asked me if I would be interested in being on the show,” Scott said. “I’ve never really done an art show before, but the fact that it’s MxPx stuff, in Bremerton, I was like yeah, I would absolutely love to try and get involved in that.”
The work of PNW-based photographer Ray Duker with metal band August Burns Red was also included in the exhibit. Westom said he wanted to include Duker, who was based in Poulsbo at the time, to show some of the work done by concert photographers in the area.
Duker said spaces like Bremerton Canvas are great ways for local artists to connect and share their work.
“I’m so happy that Logan is doing something like this because there will be more artists coming in, you know, showcasing their work that I had never heard of before,” Duker said.
Westom said it was preparing artist lists to be included in future First Friday exhibitions. The August event will feature artwork inspired by traditional tattoo styles and will continue to feature artists from the Bremerton area.
“There will always be new artists, and every time we want to do something new and different, something we’ve never done before,” Westom said.