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.
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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|
As the evening progressed, the light shining through the Bay windows at the historical Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael was perfect for some dramatic shots!
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|