Danielle Bodine is the current featured artist for the Bellevue Art Museum Vitrine in the museum’s lobby. Bodine’s work is inspired by the amazing parade of ships that pass by her studio windows on Puget Sound and the active sea life underneath these waters.
“Hybrid Coral Polypus” is an imaginary coiled and cast paper underwater sea life has learned to adapt to the plastic debris that finds it’s way into its waters by enveloping this waste and morphing into a unique hybrid sea plant species.
-From the Northwest Designer Craftsmen September 2017 Newsletter
Information at Bellevue Art Museum
Photo credit: Michael Stadler
NBO member Pamela Becker has two coiled forms in this exhibit at the Wayne Craft Center. Established in 1995, Craft Forms is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors. Craft Forms is internationally recognized as one of the premiere contemporary craft exhibitions. More information at Craft Forms.
Shown left: “Dusk”. Photo by Pamela Becker.
“Masters in their field and emerging talents were invited to create extraordinary pieces using traditional techniques and materials, which are often combined with contemporary technology. The invited artists continually explore the various perceptions and possibilities of what a textile can be.”
Participating NBO member artists are Lanny Bergner, Carol Eckert, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze, and Polly Sutton.
The exhibit is on view at the Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts through October 20, 2017.
Information and hours at Mobilia Gallery.
Shown Above: Signs of Protest: Clown, Girl Power, Covfefe, Planet B, Tweet, Toupee, The Wall
Woven pine needles, Japanese paper, paint, Japanese brushes. 2017
Organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research (CFAR) with RAM, this traveling exhibition presents works commissioned by Lloyd Cotsen between 2004 and 2013 together with 22 large-scale fiber art pieces on loan. All work fits within a 14 x 14 or 14 x 23 inch box, offers insight about the artists and their processes.
NBO exhibiting artists include John Garrett, Nancy Koenigsberg, Gyöngy Laky, and Sherri Smith.
Information and hours at the Racine Art Museum.
Shown above: “This Way and That” by Gyöngy Laky.
A broad host of NBO members are exhibiting artwork in this contemporary fiber exhibition curated by Marcia Young, publisher of Fiber Art Now.
The show of virtuoso works by national artists includes nearly every form of fiber art, including weaving, felting, tapestry, needlework, basketry, handmade paper, silk painting, and book arts. Interwoven: Art Meets Nature will connect the natural world with the materials and techniques that are so familiar to all of us, in an engaging, nature-based show of contemporary fiber art and textiles.
For a complete listing of artists, please visit Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The show runs June 25 – September 6, 2017.
Above: “Oh Canada” by Jan Hopkins
NBO member Amanda Salm has been notified her piece, “Cruz” (above image) was accepted into a juried show opening in October in Como, Italy, in the former church of San Francesco. 230 artists submitted to Miniartextil with this year’s theme, Borderline. Three jurors selected 54 pieces (only two from the US were selected) among a roster of work from a total of 29 nations. After the exhibit closes in Italy, it will travel to France in 2018.
More information at Miniartextil.
Take a break and visit PET Lamps to read a colorful and informative article on the history of basket making. “Basketry is one of the most ancient crafts older than pottery or the carving of stone and probably the origin of all the textile arts of the world. The process of interweaving twigs, seeds, or leaves for baskets and mat making it’s one of the most universal craftworks, ranking among the most ancient industries.” PET Lamps
NOW: Beauty and Paradox:
10 Northwest Artists explore contemporary issues through beautifully crafted paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and ceramic works designed to express deeper paradoxical meaning. Each artist employs her unique artistic expression: ironic, whimsical, even outraged to create interest and engagement.
Collaboration between Museo Gallery and Nancy Loorem Adams
NBO members Nancy Loorem Adams, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Jill Nordfors Clark will be exhibiting their artwork along with Maxine Martell, Natalie Olsen. Patricia Resseguie, Jane Richlovsky, Inge Roberts, and Sande Wascher-James.
On view through May 29, 2017. More information visit: MUSEO Gallery
Above, photo credit: Michael Stadler
Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine
Random Weave Cane and Mixed Media, 36”x12”x3”
Barbara Shapiro’s coiled waxed lined teapot basket, “Not for All the Tea in China” appears in, “Steeped: The Art of Tea,” at 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 7 to May 21, 2017. 108 Contemporary, in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa, sponsors this exhibit that aims to look at the past, present and future of tea, as well as the way this distinctive drink has shaped our sense of personal, ethnic, and global identity.
More at 108 Contemporary