Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Green Art: Trees, Leaves and Roots

Authored by E. Ashley Rooney and Margery Goldberg
Over 100 artists, an international mix...some familiar favorites & some new!

Since humans started creating art on the walls of caves thousands of years ago, nature was their prime subject.  The artists in this book create art about connectedness and interdependence; individuals to trees, human to human, man to nature, individuals to community and nature to life.  Trees inspire uniqueness and relevancy....

(Segment from Forward by Margery Goldberg )

Trees are our partners on this planet.  They are gorgeous, productive and long lasting.  Humans revere the majesty of trees and respect their value and incomparable contribution to our planet.
Trees can live without people, but people cannot live without trees.....

(Segment from Forward by Margery Goldberg )

Order your copy HERE

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Meaning of Wood: Olympia

April 7- May 2
Opening Reception April 10,  6-7 PM

Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
2011 Mottman Road SW
Olympia, WA

The Meaning of Wood Curator Statement
There are probably as many paintings, photographs and sculptures of trees as there are trees. But many trees meet fates not so frequently portrayed: harvested and shipped to other markets, conserved for biological benefit and recreation, subjected to forest fires or windstorms and so lost to the use of humans and other species, milled and turned into functional products, and so forth.
The Meaning of Wood provokes thinking beyond individual tree portraits into the process and significance of trees becoming wood. It is a paradox of our language that “woods” means a living forest and “wood” means the material of products and commerce. Our language is permeated by tree metaphors – a problem has its “roots,” software programs have “branches,” railroads have “trunk” lines, we ourselves are “stiff as boards” or we “slept like logs.”
This is not an inconsequential topic: global forests are carbon sinks, rich nations pay poor ones to retain forests for carbon sequestration, and counties in Washington still depend on timber sales to fund education and public safety. 

This invitational exhibit includes artists from all across western Washington and northern Oregon. It offers diverse media: painting, photography, printmaking, assemblages, quilting, sculpture, even a game.  It ranges from the days of the spotted owl protests to contemporary times and presents an array of social viewpoints.
Curating the exhibit has reminded me how much we treasure both “wood” and “woods.” As a society we attempt to derive both commercial and spiritual value from forests simultaneously. We can debate and disagree about what the highest and best uses of the resource are: experiences of nature? Biodiversity bank? Houses? Furniture? Objects of beauty and contemplation? Valuable export category? Or pallets and toilet paper tubes?
Our human nature responds to the rich sensory qualities of wood. Even dead, wood reminds us of life. We will never want to be without it around us.      -Suze Woolf

'Encircle'    Barbara De Pirro

Monday, March 10, 2014

Freshened up!

Take a peek at my newly updated website!

Lucid (detail)       Barbara De Pirro

All of 2013 installations have been added to the mix, 

Hive (detail)       Barbara De Pirro

Flora (detail)       Barbara De Pirro

Also .... my latest  fiber & acrylic sculptures, 

Encircle (detail)       Barbara De Pirro

Ripple (detail)       Barbara De Pirro

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Winter reflection...

This Winter has given me a bit of time to reflect 
upon the world around me.
All of this I share, including links to discover more...

Monday, November 11, 2013

World of Threads Interview

If you haven't discovered it yet,
be sure to check out the World of Threads,

Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews.
Interviews published by Gareth Bate & Dawne Rudman

This week I'm honored to say that I'm included in the mix.

My heartfelt thanks to World of Threads!
Here's the full interview...

'Fractured Ice'  Barbara De Pirro

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

In celebration of the miraculous Bee....buzzzzzzz.

'Hive', Installed in a grand old Cedar tree at
Matzke Sculpture Park on Camano Island
Created using reclaimed plastic bottles,
stitched together with staples and stainless steel pins.

'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

a little bit closer....

'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

moving around the tree....

'Hive'     Barbara De Pirro

A detail shot that shows how 'Hive' is stitched together with staples.
I love how the light illuminates this material!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Growing on Camano Island

'Hives',  soon to be installed at Matzke Sculpture Park.
Take a walk in the park & look up....

More details posted HERE

also opening this month in the gallery, 'Autumn Winds'.