Tuesday, October 4, 2011
PatchNews in Mill Valley Writes About Whole Foods Market Creative Reuse "Nickels For Non-Profit Award" Won by Elise Cheval For O'Hanlon Center For the Arts
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
I hope to see you at the Opening, tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5, 6-8 pm. Hear the artists talk about their work, which will be filmed and televised on Marin TV, from 4-5 pm.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
In the making of the artworks, 13 women and one man, met regularly over a year for critiques and lively conversation about values. They reflected on a series of questions including, "Who and what do we value?; "Who and what do we cast off?"; "What is disposable?"; and "What is worth preserving?" The show presents a variety of more than 50 artworks with personal opinions about family, the environment and the social and political issues of the day expressed by a dynamic group of contemporary artists specializing in fiber arts.
For gallery hours, go to http://www.falkirkculturalcenter.org/.
Guests were welcomed with Julie Garner's expletives, "Sign of the Times", which she sculpted with New York Times and hazardous waste plastic bags.
|"The Sign of the Times", by Julie Garner|
The New York Times plastic newspaper bags are a favorite recycle material of Plexus, and my piece, "Hot Off My Press", generated a smile from my friend Karin Mortensen.
|"Hot Off My Press", by Elise Cheval|
As the photographer at the Opening, I had the opportunity to capture some poignant moments of our guests with the artists. This picture of a little boy playing with the toy soldiers in Susan Doyle's (front and center), "In the Name of God", makes one step back and consider our future.
|"In the Name of God", by Susan Doyle|
|"217 Friends", by Jennifer Kim-Sohn|
Karen Balos' sculpted human forms, "Transparent Selves", made out of clear packing tape speaks to our transparency with each other and tweaks the viewer to consider how we judge others by body-type, gender, size, etc...and asks, "How much can we see?" Moreover, seeing her piece in front of the beautiful landscape of the Marin hills is worth a drive to the gallery to see the show, up through August 20.
|"Transparent Selves", by Karen Balos|
|"White Trash", by Elise Cheval|
|"In the Beginning", by Elise Cheval|
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The Show runs through July 15. I hope you can come.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
|Elise wearing "Wake-Up Call", sewn vinyl banners|
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The VISION is REAL!!!
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Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Awards $1,500 in Grants to Local Nonprofits
Mill Valley, CA, June 9, 2011: Whole Foods Market will honor the winners of their recent Creative Reuse event on Tuesday, June 7 at 6pm at the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley.
Winners will be honored during the reception for the "From Here to Eternity" art show at 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley on Tuesday, June 7. The reception is from 5-7pm and features some of the pieces submitted for the Creative Reuse contest as well as the work of Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. (For more information, go to: http://www.eternallyplastic.com/ .)
The Creative Reuse contestin Marin was inspired by Whole Foods Market's core value to care for our local communities and environment. Susan Grelock, marketing lead for the Marin stores said, "Whole Foods Market has a mission to recycle and reduce waste. Still, grocery stores make some waste that is difficult to recycle or reuse. We are looking for ways to reuse our regular waste items – and support local nonprofits at the same time."
Local artists were challenged to use the typical waste products from a grocery store to create art or practical items. Participants took cardboard, vinyl banners, laminated signs, and posters and made everything from beach bags to bird houses. The entries were displayed at the Whole Foods Market in San Rafael on April 30 and judged by a panel of three judges .
Winners: The overall "Best in Show" was a hammock created by mother-daughter duo Ronnie and Amelia Sharpe. Their ingenious creation was woven from a vinyl banner and a laminated poster and utilized wood and rope salvaged from a Dumpster. The artists chose to have the $1000 grant they garnered given to the Mill Valley Children's Garden. Event attendees voted for the "People's Choice" award. There was a tie and both Jen Byrne (working for Mission Kids Co-op) and Ellen Litwiller (working for Sun Valley Elementary School) were awarded. Because of the quality of the work submitted, the judges honored additional entries; they will be recognized by being "Nickels for Nonprofits" recipients at Whole Foods Market stores. Through this program, shoppers can donate a nickel to the nonprofit every time they bring in their own bag. This program usually results in a $800-$1200 donation for a local nonprofit.
Marin Metro Marketing Team Leader, Whole Foods Market
415-497-9843, 415-889-3006, Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 4, 2011
To register for classes, click on the link: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=jzunpxbab&oeidk=a07e3z8qn3w24864c3a
|White Trash, thread painting on fused trash bags, 2011|
|White Trash, thread painting on fused trash bags, 2011|
|White Trash, detailed view, 2011|
Thursday, June 2, 2011
|Some Like It Hot, Sewn and Fused Bubblewrap, 2011|
Plexus Art Group's hats, including mine that just returned from New York City, where they were featured in a breast cancer HBO documentary, will be on view through Zero Breast Cancer.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Opening Saturday May 28, 2011
Reception: 5 - 7 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 28 through July 10, 2011
Artists from across the country transform the appearance of materials once meant for discard, creating art from recycled and repurposed materials
Juror: Jack Fischer of the Jack Fischer Gallery
Running concurrently in the Hamilton Gallery
Spectrum: Color as Expression and Form
Artists Lar Landa and Joseph Slusky
employ color as an important expressive element, creating works that are both celebratory and seductive.
Co- curator: William Torphy
Located at the Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field,
MarinMOCA is a vibrant arts organization providing the
community with an ongoing series of juried shows, regional
and national exhibitions, guest artist lectures, demonstrations,
workshops, classes, outings and critiques.
Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sewn and Fused Bubblewrap
This wearable party dress and hat is made out of pink Bubblewrap that I found on the way back from the vet in 2009 in San Francisco. The structure of Bubblewrap, with air pockets, makes it great for protecting valuable goods during shipment. But, this very same patented manufacturing process gives Bubblewrap a bad reputation in environmentally conscious folk's minds because it is NOT recyclable. When I make a wearable piece from a material that is not recyclable, I achieve my goal to use fashion as a spokes piece for public education about the nature of plastic.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
My girl, "Breaking Through", has taken my art on a journey these past few years. She was labeled "Best Mention" by the juror in the "Take 2 Show" at the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts and noted in the Marin IJ in 2009 and was awarded a green "Best Mention" ribbon at the Marin County Fair in 2010. Now, she is on view through May 21 at the ARC Gallery. Moreover, the reception of my eggshelled vinyl and velcro wearable dress has encouraged me to create a full wedding dress for the upcoming MOCA show, "Shattered", to be juried by Kenneth Baker from the SF Chronicle.