The opening artist reception for Put Your Best Foot Forward, Foot-Square Works from the Northern CA-Northern NV Region of SAQA was last night at Creative Framing & Gallery in Oakland, CA. The gallery was filled with quite a lovely and lively buzz the whole evening.
The gallery is small, making cooperation among viewers necessary. This proved to be a good ice breaker for everyone to chat and move about.
The main wall of the gallery was hung with 44 quilts created by 26 artists. Viewed individually, each is a stunning piece of art — collectively they are a powerful statement.
Several artists had come and gone before I arrived. Eight of the artists were there during my visit. They are (L to R) Jean Jurgenson, Eva Cooper, Kris Sazaki, Deb Cashatt, Denise Miller, Franki Kohler, Aileyn Ecob and Jenny Lyon.
Two smaller exhibits of art coordinate beautifully with our regional exhibit. Three acid paintings on copper, each 12″ x 12″, by Stephen Bruce were mounted far left on the main wall.
And Useless Emotions by Win Dell’Ario was mounted on the wall behind the counter.
Useless Emotions premiered at the Art Stroll in Half Moon Bay in 2012. Dell’Ario interprets frustration, envy, regret, guilt, rage, shame, worry and fear in fabric. Which quilt do you think reveals which emotion? When you have settled on your answer, check here to see if your list matches Win’s intent.
All of this art will be on exhibit through May 31, 2013. The closing reception for this exhibit will be Saturday, May 25, 6 – 9 p.m. Check gallery hours on the column to the right then make a date with a fellow art lover to appreciate the work of these California artists.