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“A Working Living ” Art Exhibit February 8 - April 7

Jan HoymanUkiah, CA – Mendocino College Art Gallery presents “A Working Living: The Business of Craft” February 8th through April 7th. The exhibit includes several craftspeople and artists who are making a living through sales of the work they produce in materials ranging from ceramics, textiles, glass, wood, and metals.

Jewelry designer Dana Driver crafts unique jewelry using a variety of precious metals, found objects, gemstones, and common beach stones. Ms. Driver, a resident of Albion, collects stones from a local beach, which she tumbles and polishes before carving, texturing and doing fine silver and 22k gold inlay work. These elements are fabricated into innovative objects of adornment, many of which have movable parts. Driver’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States, including the Craft and Folk Art Museum in San Francisco and Bellagio in Ashville, North Carolina. Always needing new challenges, she has recently turned her attention to creating objects to wear out of common recycled materials such as bottle caps and tin cans.

Roxy WellsCeramic artists who are represented in the show include partners Jan Wax and Chris Bing of Anderson Valley, Mary Law whose studio is in Berkeley, and Jan Hoyman in Ukiah.

Ejler Hjorth-Westh had a background in boat building and construction before turning his attention making the fine furniture with flowing harmonious curves for which he is now known.

Elk residents Vincent and Carolyn Carleton weave fine handmade rugs, which are marketed primarily through interior design showrooms and architectural firms. They point out that prior to the Industrial Revolution, most textiles, including rugs and clothing were manufactured in the home. Because of the very labor-intensive nature of textile crafts, they were the first that didn’t survive industrialization. Rugs by their very nature function socially, culturally and historically. Think of the sometimes sacred space they create or provide for religious ceremonies and social interactions. Because of the ways rugs function the public understands the qualities inherent in a finely crafted handmade rug.

Tom KillianRoxy and Tyler Wells of Ukiah create unique garments that are sold locally in their studio/showroom, private clients, and through American Craft Council shows throughout the United States. Textiles from the studio of Lolli Jacobsen, who also teaches Fabric Printing & Dyeing, Textile History, and Art & Craft Marketing at Mendocino College, will also be on display.

Production glass bowls and other items by Ferdinand Thieriot, and fine woodblock prints by Tom Killian round out the exhibit.

The public is invited to an opening reception is Thursday February 8 from 4 - 6pm. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday 12:30 - 3:30 or by special appointment. Phone 468-3207.

The public is also invited to a free panel discussion on the business of craft and methods of marketing artwork on Friday, March 16th in the Mendocino College Little Theater from 5 -7pm. Exhibit participants will be available to discuss marketing choices they have made and answer questions. Information will be covered on various ways to pursue a career in the Arts and Crafts.

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Created: February 07, 2007 @ 07:33 AM
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