It may still have a way to go before it regains our Westside trust, but the Bellevue Arts Museum has been mounting stronger exhibitions in

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Best Museum Comeback

Bellevue Arts Museum

It may still have a way to go before it regains our Westside trust, but the Bellevue Arts Museum has been mounting stronger exhibitions in recent years, while remaining true to its renewed focus on craft. BAM began in 1975 as the Bellevue Art Museum, and in the early aughts mounted exhibitions too eccentric (some say too contemporary) for its Eastside location. After a yearlong hiatus, the museum reopened in 2005, and has since done a better job reaching out to its community while also establishing itself as one of the only museums in the Pacific Northwest to champion local and regional artists. Mandy Greer, John Grade, and Etsuko Ichikawa are three local artists whose deft, much-handled work can be cast into the realm of craft. Often you'll see exhibitions of fabric, sculpture, paper, and wood, and sometimes the work will transcend the medium. The shows are not always a resounding success, though BAM is on task, and sometimes the art is on target.—Adriana Grant

 
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