Thursday, January 15, 2015

Meaning of Wood: Seattle

Washington Convention Center
North Galleria, Floor 2
Seattle, WA

JAN 15 - MAR 29
7 AM - 10 PM Daily

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.....”

--Suze Woolf

Friday, December 26, 2014

'Metamorphosis', the next evolution…

'Metamorphosis'   Barbara De Pirro

Embrace the light!
December 31, 2014 – April 16, 2015

An evolving installation comprised of a series of sculptural forms, each representing a metamorphosis, a transformation from the humble into the exceptional. As nature creates life cell by cell, so De Pirro creates these sculptures. Reclaiming hundreds of plastic bottles, she begins by hand cutting each into individual shapes; stitching, threading and weaving them together until a multifaceted, organic structure takes shape.

11th & Broadway

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'Metamorphosis'   Barbara De Pirro
'Metamorphosis'   Barbara De Pirro

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