In honor of Valentine’s Day, the "art" of romance is on view in at The Folk Tree in The 24th Annual Hearts & Flowers Exhibition from January 22 – February 26, 2011. The public is invited to a Valentine’s Party and to meet the artists on Saturday, January 22, from 2 – 6 P.M.
Love and its symbols are the focus of this show, which features work in all media including jewelry. Approximately seventy area artists display pieces ranging from small scale decorative and whimsical objects to more emotionally-charged works reflecting both positive and negative aspects of love.
An array of related Mexican folk art is also on view, including ceramic figures by the Aguilar family, repousse hearts cut from tin, and paper and cornhusk flowers.
Highlights of the show are: paintings by Esau Andrade, Robert Palacios, and Katrin Wiese; ceramics by Beverly Crist and Ellen Rundle; fiber by Sumi Foley, Mavis Leahy, and Darlyn Susan Yee; paper mache by Ulla Anobile and Sarah Hage; and mixed media by Chela and Joseph Banuelos and Patricia Krebs.
About twenty jewelry designers are represented. Their materials include sterling silver (Rone Prinz, Ruth Kaplan, and Holly Rittenhouse), precious metal clay (Ellen Dinerman), ceramics (Felicia Nilson), polymer clay (Rose Braunstein), fused and lampwork bead glass (Lucia Yang), crocheted wire (Lisa Toland), repurposed metal (Rachel Rose), and semi precious stones (Bibiana Abello and Juan Sigala).
HEARTS & FLOWERS XXIV is an exhibition for the romantically inclined, offering an eclectic blend of fine art, contemporary crafts, and traditional folk art.