October 10 - December 12, 2012
Gifted Hands: the Fine Art of Craft, features 90 works by 15 contemporary Bay Area artists, and is on view beginning at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, October 10.
Opening Events October 10
- Panel Discussion: 4:00 p.m., October 10, Claeys Lounge, Soda Activity 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, Janet Lipkin, and Freddy Moran.
- Reception with the artists: 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. in the Hearst Art Gallery Patio. Admission free to panel discussion and reception.
- Demonstration: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., immediately following the panel discussion. Bay Area ceramic sculptor, Erin McGuiness, will demonstrate her modern take on the ancient art of ceramic coiling. Art 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.
Garry Knox Bennett, Oakland, furniture maker
Leslie Carabas, Sonora, quilter
Skip Esquierdo, San Lorenzo, potter
Janet Lipkin, Richmond, textile artist
Marvin Lipofsky, Berkeley, glass blower
Erin McGuiness, Berkeley, potter
Alison McLennan, Oakland, furniture maker
Freddy Moran, Orinda, quilter
Micheal Nourot, Benicia, glass blower
Florence Resnikoff, Berkeley, jewelry artist
Kay Sekimachi, Berkeley, fiber artist and weaver
Merryll Saylan, Berkeley, wood turner
Victoria Skirpa, Oakland, jewelry artist
Chuck Splady, Oakland, metal worker
Zhenne Wood, Oakland, fiber artist
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."
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. Expressly demonstrating how contemporary craft and fine art are part of the same body of work; the artists in the exhibit take everyday objects and elevate them to art forms that rival all other media. The Bay Area is rich with gifted men and women who transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.