Detail from Barbara Helen Berger’s collage “Permission To Go Anywhere”

Detail from Barbara Helen Berger’s collage “Permission To Go Anywhere”

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
A nonprofit community organization, with a lively gallery and shop showing fine contemporary art and craft by Northwest artists, and supporting art in the schools.
Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council
Creating a cultural environment on Bainbridge Island where the arts and humanities flourish.
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
Opening in June, 2013, a beautiful new 20,000 square foot building with space to host exhibitions and educational programs for audiences of all ages, interests and skill levels. With a focus on local art and artists from the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas and the Puget Sound region, BIMA will promote cultural and economic vitality for Bainbridge Island and beyond.
Eagle Harbor Book Co.
Barbara’s local independent bookstore. The place to call if you want to ask about ordering her books, getting them signed by her, and shipped to you.
Field’s End
Serves the writers’ community and nurtures the written word through lectures, workshops, and instruction in the art, craft, and profession of writing.
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
SCBWI Western Washington Chapter
For anyone wanting to get into children’s books, this organization is a must. At least look into it. One of the most established writers’ guilds in the country, with regional chapters and also overseas. The SCBWI runs workshops and conferences, and provides crucial inside information for its members on both the craft and the business of children’s books. And you meet many wonderful people—seasoned pros and new hopefuls alike. Anyone can join.
Parabola magazine
This highly regarded journal has been around for over 35 years. Its worthy aim is clear in Parabola’s current subtitle, “Where Spiritual Traditions Meet.” Each quarterly issue explores a universal theme, with essays, stories, interviews, photos and art, all presented in a juicy, thoughtful balance among the traditions (such as Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Native American, Hindu, Literary, Scientific). We need this meeting of wisdoms. The magazine shows that an ongoing spirit of exploration, depth, intelligence, respect and mutual enrichment can, and does exist.
Works & Conversations, an art magazine
Based in the Bay area, publisher and editor Richard Whittaker (also West Coast editor of Parabola) interviews a wide range of artists. He writes about art and creativity with great openness and insight. The magazine has a refreshing mix of voices, and a refreshing mix of thoughtful art in its pages. The website has even more. I was thrilled to find Whittaker quoting the art historian A. K. Coomaraswamy who said, “The artist is not a special kind of person, but every person is a special kind of artist.”
Tracy Cochran, Stories on the Way to Awakening
A wonderful blog, the one I enjoy reading most. Tracy Cochran is executive editor of Parabola magazine, and in her blog she explores the insight arising through reflections on her personal experiences as well as spiritual teachings of others. Beautifully written, wise, and warmly shared.
Spiritual Memoir
A generous site and blog offered by Elizabeth J. Andrew, author of the very fine book, WRITING THE SACRED JOURNEY: THE ART AND PRACTICE OF SPIRITUAL MEMOIR. Read reviews here.
THE PEN AND THE BELL: Mindful Writing in a Busy World
Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes have collaborated on this book, blog and website of the same name. They champion writing as a contemplative practice anyone can engage in, whether we are already writers or meditators or not. Open, welcoming, gentle.
One of the most bracing books on the craft of writing that I know. A great way to revisit and refine the art of the sentence, the paragraph, everything! Priscilla Long presents it all in a voice that rings with her own passion and with great clarity and skill at the very craft she is writing about. Examples from other fine writers are included.
The collage artist and teacher Jonathan Talbot ( developed a new technique he describes in clear and complete detail in this small book, Collage: A New Approach ( It is well-written and full of photographs, so an artist can learn and freely use his method of making collage without a liquid adhesive. His workshops too are generous and liberating.
Joseph Cornell
An American master of the art of collage and assemblage (1903-1972), friend of the Surrealists, known especially for his dreamlike and poetic boxes. You can see some of them on the WebMuseum, Paris website. Click on the thumbnails for enlargements.


Summer 2013:

The brand new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is now open to the public! Among the inaugural exhibitions is Barbara Helen Berger: Vision Revealed. In the MESA gallery on the first floor, the show includes paintings, mixed media pieces, art for children’s books, and sculpture—a survey of my work over many years. I am thrilled. It is such an honor to be part of the museum’s first opening shows. Along with them, Vision Revealed will run all through summer to September 22.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Museum image courtesy of Coates Design Architects

Share the excitement about this gem of a museum, and see details about the stunning new building, location, hours, free admission, exhibitions and events on the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art website.

See a video about the museum’s vision. BIMA is now there to greet you as you come up off the ferry by foot, or car, or bike from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. It’s also an easy walk from the museum into downtown Winslow. A nice day trip.

Spring, 2013:

Welcome to my newly re-created website! With many thanks to Brian Creamer and Myrna Ougland of SpiderLily Web Design.

Fall 2012:

A new essay called “A Shift in Vision” appeared in Parabola magazine’s Fall 2012 issue on The Unknown. As a young art student in a museum one day, I encountered a painting by Piero della Francesca, from the Italian Renaissance. I was feeling very discouraged at the time, and this painting had a memorable impact. My essay tells the story of that encounter. Read “A Shift in Vision”.

Fall 2012:

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Bainbridge Island Public Library, The Gallery at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts mounted an invitational group show called “Pages: Books in Art.” The invitation to be part of this show led me to make two new pieces in collage and assemblage, using old leather book parts. Here is one of them.

Tempus Fugit, by Barbara Helen Berger

Tempus Fugit, by Barbara Helen Berger

Photo by Art Grice