Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

To enter work, go to "call for entries" on the homepage. Paper prospectuses are generally available two months in advance of the entry deadline and can be picked up at the Art Center, downloaded by clicking on the link in the call for entries, or requested by e-mail from catherined@sebarts.org




June 16 - July 23

Main Gallery: "Blue"     Juror: Randolph Murphy    Blue oceans, blue skies, blue cars, blue eyes, cornflowers and blueberries, seeing blue. All Blue. 

Gallery II:  "Painted Words"  Juried Calligraphy Exhibition      Juror: Carl Rohrs.

Gallery III: "The Art of the  Portrait"     Printmaker Pieter Myers brings the classical medium of copper plate photogravure to portraiture. The result is a contemporary interpretation of the portrait, using a blending of photography and intaglio printmaking.


July 28 - September 3

Main Gallery: FIBER ART VIII International Biennial Fiber Arts Exhibition  in collaboration with Surface Design Association

Deadline for submissions: Monday, June 19, 4 pm   (ONLINE applications ONLY)

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. Jurors: Wendy Lugg, Jason Pollen and Eszter Bornemisza.

Awards: Best of Show $500, Second Prize $200, Surface Design Association Award of Excellence: Membership to SDA, Coordinators' Merit Awards.

Eszter Bornemisza creates wall-hangings, installations, and objects from the ubiquitous material of waste newspaper and cloth. The choice of material plays a central role in her work as it provides further visual experiences by their ephemeral character. Originally a mathematician, she started working with textiles in the late 1990’s with exploring her own ways in surface design and quilting. She has extensively exhibited internationally and won several prizes. She lives in Budapest, Hungary. http://www.bornemisza.com/

Wendy Lugg is an internationally respected Australian artist, curator, writer and teacher.  She has been Artist in Residence with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society since 2009 and was the past International Representative for Surface Design Association. In a career spanning 30 years she has taught, curated many exhibitions, undertaken arts residencies, and has had solo exhibitions in numerous countries.  Her current on-line exhibition "Mapping Memory" is at  http://slwa.gov.au/mappingmemory/  Her website is https://wendylugg.com/

Jason Pollen is an internationally renowned artist/educator. He served on the faculties of the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons  School of Design in New York, and Kansas City Art Institute. He was President of Surface Design Association for 16 years. Penland School of Crafts named him Outstanding Artist/Educator of the year in 2012. Recent installations are currently on view in Paris and Venice. "Shimmer", a one-person show, will open in November 2016 in Kansas City. http://www.jasonpollen.com/



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

October 27 – December 3

Main Gallery: "Got Glass!!!"     Juror: Cassandra Straubing

Glass work as never seen here before. Deadline for submissions September 12.  

Gallery II:  "Flamed Glass"  Juried Exhibition   Juror: Paul Stankard