Sunday, November 23, 2014

Small Works Show

'Ebb and Flow', paint; poured and teased...
by Barbara De Pirro

Good things come in small packages!

Presenting the very popular, 24th Annual Small Works Show
“Honey, I Shrunk The Art” 

Featuring 40 Artists; working in glass, ceramics, sculptures and paintings. 

OPENING Party and Potluck,
November 22nd, (Sat.) 4 to 8:30. Show continues through Jan. 18th. 

2345 Blanche Way, 
Camano Island, WA

'Burst and Ripple', Crocheted and oozing with paint....
by Barbara De Pirro

'Nectary and Seedling', Crocheted, encapsulated then kissed with Barbara De Pirro

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TextileArt Around the World

In late October "TextileArt around the world ', the latest edition of Textile Link appears. A unique collection of textile art of 160 artists from around the world compiled into one book.

I've made it to the Netherlands...... at least in print, that is! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

World of Threads Festival of Contemporary Fibre Art

November 1 – 30

Oakville & Mississauga
Ontario, Canada

Featuring 255 Artworks
97 Artists from Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, UK and US
Curated by Dawne Rudman & Gareth Bate

I'm thrilled to be in the international mix!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Green Art on Camano Island

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
"GREEN ART, Trees, Leaves & Roots"

Featured artists in the Main Gallery: Barbara De Pirro (installation, sculptures, paintings, photographs), Kirk McLean (stone sculptures), Patricia Resseguie (fiber) and Susan Cohen Thompson (paintings).

 West Gallery; Mike Adams (ceramics), Aaron Haba (special installation) & Victor Loverro (photographs).

New sculptures in the 10 acre park.

October 11 – November 9
Opening party & potluck; Oct. 11, 5 – 9 PM

Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


'Spanish Moss: a study'    Barbara De Pirro

SEPT 5 - OCT 12

Seymour Botanical Conservatory
in Wrights Park
316 South G Street
Tacoma, WA

The Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park is one of Tacoma’s iconic landmarks – and this September it will be the scene of a unique exhibition: “Ethnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants”.
Twelve featured artists in the Conservatory will venture into the world of ethnobotany through recycled material, wood, textiles, glass, metal and ceramics. Ethnobotany is the study of the relationships that have existed between primitive cultures and plants across time and throughout the world. The plant kingdom supports human life as a source of food, medicine, textiles, shelter, transportation, currency, and more. It is also a source of inspiration and ritual. In this show, artists explore ethnobotany through works that make often surprising connections between contemporary circumstances, art, botanical life and science.

'Spanish Moss: a study' (detail)   Barbara De Pirro

Melissa Balch
Benjamin Cobb
Barbara De Pirro
Shannon Eakins/Marc Dombrosky
Jeremy Gregory
Steve Jensen
Doug Johnston
Christopher Jordan
Lisa Kinoshita
Sabrina Knowles/Jenny Pohlman

Curator: Lisa Kinoshita
Photographer: River Meschi
Music: Alex Tapia

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vorfreude at Method

'Metamorphosis'    Barbara De Pirro

An installation comprised of a series of opulent chrysalis forms, each representing a metamorphosis, a transformation from the humble into the exceptional. As nature creates life cell by cell, so I create these sculptures. Reclaiming hundreds of plastic bottles, I begin by hand cutting each into individual cellular shapes; stitching them together with staples until a multifaceted organic structure takes shape.

METHOD Announces Barbara De Pirro and Katie Miller in "Vorfreude."
Curated by Elisa Law and Angel Sta. Teresa

July 11 through August 23 2014

Artists' Reception: 1st Thursday August 7, 2-8pm
Artists' Talk: Thursday July 24, 5-7pm

Method Gallery
106 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 

"Vorfreude," a German word meaning "the joyful anticipation of future pleasures."

"Vorfreude" explores the anticipation of growth, transformation, and renewal in life through the installations of Katie Miller and Barbara De Pirro. Miller investigates growth through video installation and performance, inviting visitors to participate in creating a series of origami boats. De Pirro examines renewal through using reclaimed materials. The resulting relationship between each installation is the process of transformation, exploring the expected potential of materials, their lifespan, and connection to their environments. The audience is linked with the exhibition as they observe its transformation and await the final event.

Barbara De Pirro's artwork has been commissioned and exhibited nationally and, is also included in many private and corporate collections. Her installations have been featured at various Museums, Sculpture Parks, Biennials, Art Centers, Galleries and Public Spaces. Additionally De Pirro's artwork has been published in multiple articles, publications and books.

Katie Miller received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Miller's sculptures, installations, and social engagement projects incorporate glass, paper, beeswax, found objects, photography, video and sound. Her work is held in private collections and has been exhibited internationally. 

METHOD is a non-commercial exhibition space presenting art that is experimental, forward-thinking, unconventional, and predominantly based in sculpture, installation, new media, or performance. METHOD is the project of four Seattle artists identifying a need to provide a platform to engage in a dialogue about process, methodology, concepts, and materials through exceptional, exploratory, and challenging art.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bellwether: Connect

'Flora Foresta'  by Barbara De Pirro

This installation was inspired by rainforests and their incredible biodiversity and ability to influence climate patterns throughout many parts of the world.  It was created by using over 3,000 recycled plastic bags collected from the local community.  Each bag was used in its raw state; no dyes or paints were applied. They were then cut into strips and crocheted into individual plant forms.

Bellwether 2014: Connect
The 12th biennial sculpture exhibition and art walk!
Sculpture and installations at City Hall, the Downtown Park and points in between.

June 27
Reception  6-8 PM
(free parking)

Bellevue City Hall
450-110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA

Exhibit runs through Oct. 12

Exhibiting artists:
Theresa Batty, Nathan Braunfeld, Lisa Chen, Kate Clark, Mary Coss, Barbara De Pirro, Miquel Edwards, Alan Fulle, Elizabeth Gahan, Tom Gormally, Julia Haack, Aaron Haba, Try Hill, Junichiro Iwase, Michael Johnson, Cameron Anne Mason, Ivan McLean, Geemon Xin Meng, Carolyn Mills, Carol Milne, Allan Packer, Maria Perry, Mike Rathbun, Joseph Rossano, Connie Sabo, Andreas Salzman, Dimitra Skandali, Debbie Westergaard Tuepah, Bill Vielehr