Monday, June 5, 2017

Exhibits of Note

I have seen some terrific local exhibits recently.  There are two at the Craft and Folk Art Museum running through August 20th.  Betye Saar's amazing solo show Keepin' It Clean features her potent washboard assemblages, begun in 1990's. These pieces speak to Saar's commitment to highlight social and political concerns. I found the exhibit very powerful.  The second CAFAM show, Material as Metaphor features 11 western artists using fiber as sculptural form.  I was especially taken with the subtle work of weaver Christy Matson, who uses fibers such as paper, cashmere, alpaca, linen, and cotton for her wall hangings.

Deborah Weir's Elemental exhibit at the Branch Gallery, 1031 W. Manchester, Inglewood is showing her inventive mixed media textiles through June 16th.  The themes include earth, water, fire and wind.  I went to a demo and walk through yesterday.  It is always a pleasure to discover what new technique that Deborah is working with to create her exciting pieces. See more here.

Deborah Weir

My friend Sandra Lauterbach has a wonderful solo exhibit Color and Form Run Wild at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, 543 N. Fairfax, open through July 12th.  The show features 35 pieces, ranging in size from 12" and up.  Sandra's work is a joyous riot of color and texture not to be missed!  It always brightens my day to see her quilts.

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