Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Festivities Holiday Party & Trunk Show

'nest' by Barbara De Pirro
Featuring my new sculptures, 'knots & nests'. Please come join us!
Friday, November 13th, 6-9 PM
Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15, regular store hours

Enjoy food, wine and live music while shopping for one-of-a kind items from amazing Northwest artists.

Special event pricing will be offered during the party, free door prizes for the first 20 to arrive, and a chance to win an amazing gift basket.

Participating artists include Barbara De Pirro, Carole Miguel, Dorthea King, Iris Guy, James Magetteri, Jerry Conrad, Merrilee Moore, Rita Speiser, Shiang-Yu Lee, and Tina Negri.

111 Main Street, Edmonds, WA

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Art at Work Tacoma

recycled bottle cap wreath - Barbara De Pirro

Studio Tour
I’ll be a guest artist during Tacoma’s Art at Work Studio tour,
featuring some of my small paintings & ‘whimsical’ eco-sculptures.

November 7 & 8, 10-4 PM

Court C Studios
705 Court C / Opera Alley, Tacoma, WA

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ART'S Alive!

 'sprig' - Barbara De Pirro
Invitational Art ExhibitionI will be exhibiting ten new paintings; revealing & concealing, pools of color, pattern & form.

November 6, 5-8 PM
November 7 & 8, 10-5 PM

Downtown La Conner, WA

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009


woven plastica detail-Barbara De Pirro

12th Annual Wearable Art Fair

Inspired by the invitation, I decided to create some NEW designs.....
I will be showing my 'wild & wacky' party 'hatlets'
& other 'eco-excessories' !
This is a very fun event, come out to play!

October 24, Saturday
10-5 PM

Arts Council of Snohomish County
1507 Wall Street, downtown Everett

Monday, September 28, 2009


'coupling' -Barbara De Pirro
New Additions: Portable Works in Mixed Media

Artist Reception:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Sound View Building
3602 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200
Tacoma, WA 98418

View the work of 15 Pierce County artists recently added to the Pierce County Art Bank collection of portable works. Artworks in the collection are installed in public spaces throughout Pierce County buildings with the goal to improve the quality of the work environment, support local artists, and increase awareness of the diversity of art production in the county. The Art Bank, part of the Public Art Program administered by Pierce County Arts & Cultural Services, serves our mission to bring art into the life of all Pierce County residents. More info:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

'nest:egg'-stone, steel & shadow-Barbara De Pirro

"Of Clocks and Crows"take flight!

Sept. 3 - Oct. 20, 2009

Opening Reception:
Sept. 3rd, 5-8pm

Time to take wing at the Arts Council with this thematic exhibit. Over fifty participating artists, working in a wide variety of mediums, let their imaginations fly to the muse of the clock and the crow.

The exhibit will open with a “Meet the Artists” reception on Thursday, September 3rd. Paul Ninehouse, maker and player of Native American flutes, will perform from 5-8pm opening night. Ninehouse has made and played his flutes for 15 years. His flutes have a distinctive style which follow the Lakota spiritual way. His songs are improvisational using the spirit of the moment and place in which he is playing.

Arts Council of Snohomish County
1507 Wall Street, Everett, WA

Monday, August 17, 2009

'heaven & earth' site check surprise!

'fungo plastica'       Barbara De Pirro
'vine plastica'      Barbara De Pirro

'fungo plastica'-detail       Barbara De Pirro

On my last site check, I noticed that the 'urban raccoons' played a bit-o-mischief upon one of my sculptures in the orchard.... soooo, this time, I replaced some of the plasti-fiber balls with apples...those that had fallen not far from the tree.

I also re-attached the vine plastica, honoring of course, the small addition created by visitors. I kind of like these versions!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

'heaven & earth' Book Release Party

'lichen plastica'-recycled plastic milk jugs-Barbara De Pirro
The ‘Heaven & Earth’ exhibit, Book Release Party is planned for this Saturday, August 8, at CoCA's Ballard Gallery, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle
7:00p - 9:30 PM.

Come join us if you can!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Proctor Arts Fest

Proctor Arts Fest
13th Annual !
Saturday, August 1, 10-6 PM
in the historic Proctor District
N. 26th & Proctor, Tacoma, WA
I’ll be showing my eco-art bags, baskets & hats ….. joining me is Tacoma artist extraordinaire, Lynne Farren !

PONCHO Invitational

'harmony'-acrylic on wood-Barbara De Pirro

Grow ART
The 8th Annual PONCHO Invitational Fine Art Auction

Saturday, October 3, 2009, 5:00pm
at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 Sixth Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

For public viewing:
Aug 13-15 and Aug 20-22
Open to the public Noon - 6:00pm
at Western Bridge
3412 4th Ave South (at S. Hinds St)
Seattle, WA 98104

Please join PONCHO as we nurture the region’s artistic roots, support the branches of our cultural institutions, cultivate the blossoms of creativity, and assure a growing and sustainable arts community for generations to come.

The Invitational Fine Art Auction will bring over 800 art patrons, collectors, gallery owners and artists together for an exciting evening of fine dining, fine art, festive attire, and competitive bidding to raise vital funds needed to keep our world class arts community alive and thriving. Proceeds from this event will benefit local visual art, dance, music, and theatre organizations and their arts education outreach. Much as our patrons have come to expect, this will be the must-attend event of the year!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

'women of texture'

'fruttosio'-acrylic on wood-Barbara De Pirro
I'll be exhibiting my paintings at this upcoming show. The San Juan Islands.....a bit of a treck but a breathtaking place to go!

July 11 - September 6
opening reception: July 11, Saturday, 6-8 pm

Experience the texture and colors of hand picked Northwest artists: Barbara De Pirro, BJ Dollahite, Jocelyn Russell, Teri Jo Summer and ‘one man with flowers’, Kevin Roth.

Gallery San Juan
232 A st. #6, Friday Harbor, WA

Sunday, July 5, 2009

'heaven & earth I' - CoCA Seattle

'vine plastica'-recycled plastic bags-Barbara De Pirro

'fungo plastica'-recycled plastic bags-Barbara De Pirro
A sculptural installation at Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA.

For this project I created biomorphic sculptural forms that visually express my ecological concerns. Designs conceived in my daydreams of nature, constructed reusing non-natural, indestructible materials, and then carefully placed in the natural world where they can be investigated, contemplated then documented.

The element of surprise and unexpected discovery is an integral part of this vision. The viewer meanders unassumingly through the forest, takes pause….catching a glimpse of my work placed within the brush, tucked into a knot hole or twined around a branch or tree trunk. At first glance, they may blend into the landscape; lichen, fungus or vine, but at closer examination an unearthing of these other-worldly, timeless forms occurs.
The juxtaposition of this invasive, plastic material, transformed into organic forms, positioned in this natural setting continues to inspire and soothe me.
My desire is that this cycle of concept, creation and content continues to bring glints of illumination to the viewer, bringing a renewed appreciation, consciousness and environmental awareness.

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Funding for this project was made possible in part by CoCA Seattle

Friday, May 22, 2009

'heaven & earth' - CoCA Seattle

In collaboration with the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods, and the Associated Recreational Council, CoCA will present an exhibition of temporary, outdoor sculptural installations in Carkeek Park organized around the theme of “Heaven and Earth,” from June 27 - August 10, 2009.

The sponsors asked artists for their interpretations of art and nature in a world of change.

Our parks are implicitly havens (“heavens”) where we go to relax, recreate, and, in Carkeek's case especially, walk through the woods. Carkeek is widely considered one of Seattle's premier urban forests...Sunset Magazine recently named it #3 among America's top 10 urban parks.

The artwork will be constructed of primarily natural materials and are designed to have minimal impact on the park -- either decomposing organically, leaving “no trace” -- or, when removed at the end of the display period, leaving the park in essentially the same condition it was prior to installation.

Opening Reception:

There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, June 27, from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Environmental Learning Center in Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd. Entry and parking are free. This reception coincides with the celebration of the park's 80th birthday, which begins at 1:00 p.m.

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Funding for this project was made possible in part by CoCA Seattle

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Communing With Nature

photo credit: Barbara De Pirro

The sights and sounds of summer are upon us and its a great time to stretch your imagination and seek inspiration from elements in nature. In celebration of the season, we are holding a workshop on summer container design and art from everyday items. Hosted by our very own Master Gardener, Susan Denley and eco-friendly artist Barbara De Pirro, this workshop offers great ideas on how to renew, restore and rediscover the beauty all around us.

Where: Festivities Fine Gifts, 111 Main Street, Edmonds, WA
When: Saturday, June 13th
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Note: Door prizes, first 15 to arrive
WIN a featured container

If you would like to attend this workshop, email us at or call the store at (425) 712-0342 to RSVP.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Museum of Northwest Art

'scatter'-acrylic on wood-Barbara De Pirro

June 20, 2009

Join us for the Museum's largest annual fundraiser.....
The perfect event for both seasoned
and novice art Collectors!!!

Our Art Auction features over 300 works by painters, printmakers, sculptors, glass artists, ceramic artists, jewelers, textile artists, and photographers.

Museum of Northwest Art
121 South First Street La Conner, WA

Tickets may be purchased by calling: 360.466.4446, ext. 109

The Mathematics of Art

'string theory:unraveled'-recycled plastic bags-Barbara De Pirro

‘For some art forms math plays an integral part in the method of creating, intriguingly, most art may later be defined within mathematical terms, but for me, the actual conceptual and creative process is very organic and intuitive. Inspired by the theme, ‘the mathematics of art’, I researched various mathematical theories, philosophies and terminology, from that evolved my inspiration. My three sculptural pieces, ‘chaos: order’, infinity:mobius’
and ‘string theory:unraveled’ are all abstract interpretations of my
intellectual journey.’

May 7 - June 25

Arts Council of Snohomish County - Monte Cristo Gallery
1507 Wall St., Everett, WA, (425)257-8380

This exhibit showcases the interplay of math and art through the imagination of artists. Over two dozen artists have created patterned prints, quilts, collages, glass, sculptures, tessellations, perspective drawings and more. Gallery signage will include how math was applied, used or incorporated into the artwork.

During the exhibit over 2,500 children will share this rich multi-sensory experience with an art docent and work with artists to create their own art. The kids will come away with basic design principles, such as balance, repetition, and variety. They will explore the art elements of shape, line, color, texture and their connections with math. The field trips are made possible by co-sponsors: Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Boeing Company, Target, Inc. and H’Arts Patrons.

'plastic & light' - Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
January/February 2009

Inspired by the Science of Art unit Art of Light, resident artist Barbara De Pirro created this sculptural installation using light and recycled plastics to create an “under the sea” environment. She gathered, cleaned, cut and recreated over 500 plastic bottles, re-imagining the materials into sea chandeliers, foam, kelp and grass. “Each visitor, in the process of creating their own light sculpture, gained an understanding of lights affect on various surfaces, transparent, translucent, opaque, then discovering how shadows become part of the art. All of this, directly translating into a renewed understanding and appreciation of all art, including a new amazement for the art of glass.

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