Opening Sunday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, December 12, Gifted Hands: the Fine Art of Craft, features 90 objects by 15 contemporary San Francisco Bay Area artists.
Textiles, fiber, metal, precious and semi-precious stones, minerals, clay, wood, fallen logs, are trnasformed into extraordinary works of art: furniture, wearable art, jewelry, pottery, quilts, turned wooden bowls, blown and fused glass sculpures, and fabric, wood, and metal sculpture.
Curator Kyla Porter Tynes 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 yet transform them with ingenuity, skill and crativity,” says Porter Tynes.
Panel Discussion: 4 p.m., Oct. 10, Claeys Lounge, Soda Center. Panels Artists: Garry Knox Bennett, furniture; Janet Lipkin, fiber pieces and wearable art; and Freddy Moran, textiles and quilts. Moderated by Julie Muniz, curator of Decorative Arts and Craft at the Oakland Museum of California.
Demonstration: Immediately following the panel discussion, 5- 6 p.m. Ceramic sculptor Erin McGuiness will demonstrate her modern take on the ancient art of ceramic coiling. Studio One.
Reception with the artists: 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. in the Hearst Art Gallery Patio.
Admission free to panel discussion, demonstration and reception. Exhibition $4 adults; K - 12 graders free.
On View in the Keith Room: 19th c. Western landscape paintings by William Keith and French Post-Impressionist paintings by Emil Bernard.