What: Gifted Hands: the Fine Art of Craft: Ninety works by 15 contemporary artists. These artists transform glass, textiles, fiber, metal, precious and semi-precious stones, clay, wood, fallen logs, and sea shells into extraordinary works of art. On view are both functional and decorative objects: furniture, wearable art, jewelry, pottery, quilts, turned wooden bowls, and fabric and metal sculpture.
Curator Kyla Porter has selected stunning objects that each allows us to witness a master hand at work. "I chose widely admired artists whose methods respect the integrity of the materials," says Porter. "The Bay Area has a long and storied history of gifted artists whose work blends extraordinary skill and respect fort materials with creativity."
When: Opening Sunday, October 10, 2010
Where: Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 St. Mary's Rd., Moraga
Panel Discussion: 4 p.m., Oct. 10, Claeys Lounge, Soda Center. Moderated by Julie Muniz, curator of Decorative Arts and Craft at the Oakland Museum of California, will be held in the Soda Center. The three artists on the panel are Garry Knox Bennett, furniture; Janet Lipkin, fiber pieces and wearable art; and Freddy Moran, textiles and quilts.
Reception with the artists: 5 -6 p.m. in the Hearst Art Gallery Patio. Admission free to panel discussion and reception.
Demonstration: Immediately following the panel discussion- Bay Area ceramic sculptor, Erin McGuiness will demonstrate her modern take on the ancient art of ceramic coiling, a technique which she utilizes to create her vessels. Studio One.
Gallery Gift Shop: The Gallery Gift Shop will feature work for sale by local artists including; jewelry, soaps, scarves, pottery, textiles, wooden bowls and glass.
Hours: The Hearst Art Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Suggested adult donation is $4; free for K-12th grade students and Hearst Art Gallery members.