Current Exhibitions


 

People's Choice:
BLUE                                Thomas Pratt  "War Virus III eliminated"  
Painted  Words               Julie Gray   "The Tree"
The Art of the Portrait    Pieter Meyers     "Janis Joplin"

 

Juy 28 to September 3, 2017 

FIBER ART VIII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition in collaboration with SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION

Jurors Wendy Lugg, Jason Pollen and Eszter Bornemisza                  (click on the name to find short bio and statement by each juror)          

International Biennial Exhibition.  This signature biennial exhibition, in collaboration with Surface Design Association, invites national and international artists to submit innovative and traditional fiber art work, contemporary concepts using either traditional or unusual materials.  Accepting both two and three dimensional pieces, including wearable and large installation art.

AWARDS: 

"Memory Bank" by Helle Mellemstrand, Best of Show $500

"Transitional Nightmare"  by Meghan Volpe, Second Place 
$200  underwritten by Anonymous Donor

"Equivocator" by Gina Telcocci,  Third Place
$100   underwritten by Cat Kaufman

"Octopus and Crab" by Beth Blankenberg,  Merit Award
"Gyre" by Julie Kornblum,  Merit Award
"The Terminal" by Blair Cahill,  Merit Award

"Equilibrio" by  Carolyn Kallenborn,  SDA Award of Excellence    (1 year Membership SDA)

"Middle Management" by Ryan Carrington, Coordinator Award Bill Yoes

"Global Connection" by Kristin Meuser, Coordinator Award Joy Stocksdale

 
Gallery III: "Korean Voices in Fiber : Translating Tradition into Contemporary Art" 

This travelling exhibition highlights the ancient heritage of fiber art in Korea as well as it's vibrant modern transformation of both traditional and unexpected techniques and materials.

 

 

Dont miss the excellent LECTURES:

LECTURES

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Sheila O'Hara: Handweaving in the Computer Age
Sheila O’Hara will explain how handweaving became the lucky beneficiary of the computer age, allowing the dream of individual thread control to become possible. She will share her exploration of creating complex weave structures with lush surface textures, using countermarche, compudobby, and Jacquard hand looms.
O'Hara has pursued a career in textiles since graduating from the California College of the Arts in Oakland in 1976. Her innovative and often humorous tapestries have been featured in numerous publications and are in public, private and museum collections, including the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Denver Art Museum. “Pyramid Magic,” was inspired by the time she spent consulting in Cairo, Egypt. She participated in a Jacquard weaving symposium at the Lisio Foundation in Florence, Italy, and has lectured throughout this country and around the world.  O’Hara continues to teach weaving at her home studio in Lake County. Her latest work includes lush landscapes, both real and imaginary, and a series of jacquard tapestries inspired by Edward Curtis photographs of Native American Indians.  www.sheilaohara.com


Sunday August 20, 2017 -  4:00 pm
A CONVERSATION ABOUT FIBER ART TODAY with Carole Beadle and five Bay Area fiber artists:  Lara Myers, George-Ann Bowers, Teddy Milder, Susan Doyle and Roz Ritter

Fiber works are often barometers of change in the visual arts of our time, reflecting energy, vitality and innovation. Works from a diverse group of contemporary artists in the International Fiber Arts Exhibit speak of cultural, social and political issues with which art intersects today.  We will address some of these points and offer examples of our own fiber art, demonstrating engagement in the limitless potential of materials and processes.

Carole Beadle, a teacher for 50 years, is Professor Emeritus from the California College of Art in Oakland, CA.  Since 1988 she has been teaching Fiber Sculpture at the College of Marin. Now semi-retired, she travels all the time, to look and see what’s happening in the world of fiber arts. www.fiberdimensions.com

George-Ann Bowers   www.gabowers.com
Susan Doyle   www.susankathleendoyle.com
Lara Myers   www.artworksdowntown.org/emerging-artist
Teddy Milder   www.teddymilder.com
Roz Ritter   www.rozritter.com

Saturday, August 26, 2017 – 4:00 pm
Cynthia LeCount Samaké: Rhythm and Hues: Hand-Dyed Fabrics and Clothing from Mali, West Africa

Despite globalization and the ready availability of imported Western-style products, Malians value their traditional culture with its hand-crafted artistry. Fiber artists in Mali create glowing fabrics worn by both men and women for special events. Typically, men stitch the cloth into resist patterns and women dye it, creating an enormous variety of color combinations and styles. Fashion-conscious men and women in Mali gain power and prestige by wearing clothing in the latest, most unique, or most popular styles of fabric. New clothing is especially significant for the women, and many will save for months to have an impressive new outfit to wear for a holiday or a wedding. The quality, colors, patterns, symbols, and designs of the cloth are paramount. Malians proudly wear boubous, yorobanis, and pipaos, each person showing off his or her personal fashion aesthetic—while remaining true to tradition.

Cynthia LeCount Samaké taught World Textiles for many years at UC Davis in the Environmental Design Department, and now travels the world to exotic destinations with groups of fiber fanatics, through her tour company, Behind the Scenes Adventures. She has traveled to Mali a dozen times, visiting and learning with cloth dyers who have become close friends, attending all the weddings and events possible where glorious clothing is worn, and photographing the attendees who are delighted to be sought out for their impeccable taste! Cynthia’s presentation will explain dye techniques and processes, with photos of Malians in their most elegant dress. She will bring stamped and printed fabrics for a complete picture of cloth styles in Mali.

Cynthia and her husband, Barou Samaké, from Segou, Mali, led tours with dye workshops to Mali for 15 years until Al Q’eda made travel too dangerous for foreigners.  Find out more about their global tours at www.btsadventures.com