Saturday, October 12, 2019

'Reclaimed' Aljoya Thornton Place

'Sea Urchin' (White & Yellow), 'Keeping Tabs' & 'Radiate'

I currently have several sculptures included in 'Reclaimed' at Aljoya Thornton Place. "These established fiber based artists are presenting work sharing their relationship with what is reclaimed. This may be viewed in materials used, what was lost or taken away and, also by a change in circumstances."  Exhibiting artists; Jacqui Calladine, Barbara De Pirro, Maura Donnegan, Claire B. Jones, Sarah Jones, Lynne Rigby, Terri Shinn Curated by Anna Macrae

Exhibition Dates: SEPT 15 - JAN 26, 2020
Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 NE 100th Street, Seattle, WA

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Show Your Papers in Chicago!

My sculpture 'Petals', a piece from my new sculptural paper series will be included in this exhibition. Chicago here she comes!

Show Your Papers
Sep 20 – Oct 19, 2019 
Opening: Friday, Sep 20, 5 – 8 pm

Woman Made Gallery 
2150 S Canalport #4A-3, Chicago, IL 

An exhibit highlighting artists who use paper as their substrate or primary medium. Works made on, or of paper may include, (but are not limited to) – painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, cut paper, paper constructions, etc. Juror: Kathyrn Markel, Principal, Kathyrn Markel Fine Arts, established in 1975, specializes in contemporary works on paper with the addition of paintings by the young avant-garde. The gallery is run by women and women also comprise 81% of the gallery's represented artists. Located in New York City – Chelsea and Bridgehampton, NY.

Woman Made Gallery is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its goal is to cultivate, promote and support the work of female-identified artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development, and public programs that invite discussion about what feminism means today. More than 8,250 women artists have exhibited their work 425 exhibitions since WMG was established. WMG welcomes the participation of people of all gender expressions and orientations as artists and program participants, members and supporters.

'Petals', Painted Papers (reinforced), Acrylic, Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

Beyond the Surface in St. Louis

Thrilled to have 'Sea Urchin' included in this exhibition and to be a part of the St. Louis 'Innovations in Textiles 2019'!

Beyond the Surface
St. Louis Artists' Guild, Clayton, MO 
September 20 - October 23, Opening Reception October 3

Surface Design Association is a textile nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary textile and fiber art. October 3 is also the opening night of the Surface Design Associations Biennial Conference, Beyond the Surface, October 3-6. The Conference is being held in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles 2019, which features 40 textile exhibitions in greater St Louis, Missouri. In operation since 1886, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild is the oldest arts organization west of the Mississippi River. Its 5000 square foot contemporary art space in the mid-century modern Famous Barr Building will be the site of the conference’s opening and closing events as well as the exhibition.

Jurors Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt selected works by 48 artists who considered the following ideas: “Artists continually push the evolution of textiles from their long history of utilitarian use through the use of color, design, processes, and meanings. Works chosen demonstrate unique, well-developed artistic vision, and innovation. Whether commentary on social issues, meditations on the natural world, humor, storytelling, 
abstraction, influenced by science, or other areas of focus, this exhibition includes the best of contemporary work by SDA members.”

"Sea Urchin", created using synthetic strapping & crocheted stainless steel wire.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

I'm excited to announce that my sculptural basket 'Sea Anenome' will be included in this exhibition!

The Kentucky Museum will be hosting an international show, Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition, from July 16-December 1, 2019. The National Basketry Organization has assembled this show of contemporary and traditional basketry with artists employing a variety of both common and uncommon techniques in a wide array of materials. Juror Heather Lineberry selected 84 works of art by 55 artists, including those from the Netherlands, the UK, New Zealand, and Canada.

This exhibit celebrates the National Basketry Organization’s 20th year and opens during their biennial basketry conference on the grounds of Western Kentucky University. Opening reception on July 16th from 5 to 6PM.

A full-color catalog for NBO BASKETRY NOW is available for order at the NBO online STORE

July 16 – December 1, 2019 
The Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University 
Bowling Green, Kentucky

More details HERE

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Spotlight: Create Whimsy

Thank you Create Whimsy​!!

"Barbara De Pirro translates organic forms and patterns found in nature into sculptural works of art, often using reclaimed plastics. Because she is using the materials for a new purpose, she invents and reinvents unique methods for transforming discarded items into stunning 3-dimensional pieces."

Read the full interview here,

Artwork pictured: 'Sea Anenome' will be included in the 'Basketry Now' exhibit at the Kentucky University Museum in Bowling Green, KY July 16 - Dec. 1, curated by National Basketry Organization, Inc.​

Saturday, March 30, 2019

STEM+Art+Design: NWDC at Schack

I'll have 3 Mixed Media Sculptures included in this exhibit!
In conjunction with the show I will also be offering 'The Sculptural Form' workshop,
Here's a sneak peek plus all the details are below...

 'Sea Urchin (yellow)', Synthetic Strapping & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

 'Sea Urchin (white)', Synthetic Strapping & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

 'Keeping Tabs', Aluminum Pull Tabs & Crocheted Stainless Steel Wire

STEM+Art+Design: Northwest Designer Craftsmen Create  

Exhibition  April 25 - June 8 
Opening reception: April 25, 2019, 5-8pm 

Exhibit supported by the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission and The Boeing Company.
For this exhibition, STEM+Art+Design: Northwest Designer Craftsmen Create,  Art + Design are added to STEM to demonstrate how artists design and create works of art integrating STEM principles.  

For example, imagine a ceramic artist creating work on an electric wheel using precision measuring instruments to ensure the piece is perfectly proportioned; then firing in a highly technical computer driven kiln at temperatures specific to the clay body and glazes used to create the effects designed by the artist. All of these, and many more, technical aspects of the ceramic artist's work are richly entrenched in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Each NWDC member uses various integrations of STEM to create their work. Whether weaving, dyeing, metalsmithing, melting glass or creating mixed media works of art-all are highly invested in STEM principals.

STEM+Art+Design also supports the current emphasis in Washington state curriculum on STEM: the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project-based educational experiences. 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

New Sculptures in the Works!

'Sea Anenome', created using recycled plastic strapping & crocheted stainless steel wire.

'Sea Urchin', created using recycled plastic strapping & crocheted stainless steel wire.