Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Opening at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael

We had a great showing of guests at the Re:Value show at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael last Friday night.

In the making of the artworks, 13 women and one man, met regularly over a year for critiques and lively conversation about values. They reflected on a series of questions including, "Who and what do we value?; "Who and what do we cast off?"; "What is disposable?"; and "What is worth preserving?" The show presents a variety of more than 50 artworks with personal opinions about family, the environment and the social and political issues of the day expressed by a dynamic group of contemporary artists specializing in fiber arts.

For gallery hours, go to www.falkirkculturalcenter.org.

Guests were welcomed with Julie Garner's expletives, "Sign of the Times", which she sculpted with New York Times and hazardous waste plastic bags.

"The Sign of the Times", by Julie Garner

The New York Times plastic newspaper bags are a favorite recycle material of Plexus, and my piece, "Hot Off My Press", generated a smile from my friend Karin Mortensen.

"Hot Off My Press", by Elise Cheval

As the photographer at the Opening, I had the opportunity to capture some poignant moments of our guests with the artists. This picture of a little boy playing with the toy soldiers in Susan Doyle's (front and center), "In the Name of God", makes one step back and consider our future.

"In the Name of God", by Susan Doyle

Jennifer Kim-Sohn's passion for oil painting, comes through in her portraits which depict the new social media platform, facebook. Noting that children have as many as 250 friends on facebook, Jennifer questions the immediacy of how quickly users can like and unlike people. She ponders how new social media have changed the concept of friendship by presenting her paintings with a small leather wallet which holds a few cherished photos of her loved ones.

"217 Friends", by Jennifer Kim-Sohn

As the evening progressed, the light shining through the Bay windows at the historical Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael was perfect for some dramatic shots!

Karen Balos' sculpted human forms, "Transparent Selves", made out of clear packing tape speaks to our transparency with each other and tweaks the viewer to consider how we judge others by body-type, gender, size, etc...and asks, "How much can we see?" Moreover, seeing her piece in front of the beautiful landscape of the Marin hills is worth a drive to the gallery to see the show, up through August 20.

"Transparent Selves", by Karen Balos

I dressed for the occassion in a pop Art sort of way, with a bright shiny hot pink top that turned heads. Standing next to "Elvis", one wonders who gets more attention? The King standing in the light or me in the shadows?

"White Trash", by Elise Cheval

Seeing my piece, "In the Beginning", made with hundreds of cassette tapes collected from family, friends and neighbors over a 2 year period, in the context of the people who contributed to the Project, was a real treat!

"In the Beginning", by Elise Cheval

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call at Marin County Fair

Hi All,

My Whole Foods Market winning suit made out of vinyl banners will be on view in the Fine Arts/Crafts Competition and Show at the Marin County Fair on July 4.

I hope to catch you there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New External Communications Board Member at NCWCA

I am bubbling with excitement to share with you that the space capsule I'm in has separated from the power boosters that got me to the "moon" I was headed for 6 weeks ago.   It was a difficult journey, with various obstacles along the way,  but I stayed with it and now I am in a new orbit.   The VIEW is magnificent!   

As the new External Communications Board Member for the Northern California Women's Caucus for the Art (www.NCWCA.org),  I will be heading up our social media networking program through various Cyber sites, including Facebook and Twitter; keeping Members abreast of venues where they can show their artwork; eventually writing the Newsletter, and working intimately with the Professional Development Chair and President Chair, both who welcomed my ideas on how to grow Membership.   If you can imagine what it feels like for a Go-Getter like me who has always wanted to contribute in such a fashion, but never having the "credentials" to do the BIG things that I have always espoused to do -  well, then you will understand my elatedness with such an opportunity as this one to serve an organization, 85 Members strong.

Our Board Meeting is in July, in St. Louis, where my sister Tamra lives, 15 minutes away from the hotel where I will be staying.

For those of you who are interested in social media networking and its relationship to artists, check out Priscilla Otani's (our new National WCA President), husband Michael Yokum's talk tomorrow at ARC Gallery, 7 pm, (on Folsom and in between 9th and 10th street).  


Monday, June 13, 2011

Roni in Crocheted Hat "Roni 1"

I have a passion for crochet. I designed this hat for Roni in order for her to walk out of the hair salon (where she had her hair cut off) with dignity! I made the hat out of natural bamboo yarn, the softest available at Blue Bird, my favorite knitting store in Sausalito, and embellished it with the corkscrew curls to put a smile on Roni's face. Mission accomplished!

Threadlace Embroidery Hat

In this shot, I am wearing the threadlace hat I made for Roni.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Plexus Hats on View at Marin Arts Council

Hats Made by Plexus Art Group, Now on Permanent Display at Zero Breast Cancer in Marin

Hats Off For Roni,
When It Rains, It Pours...

As part of the Plexus Art Group, I had the opportunity to make hats to support one of the members in our group who had a 3rd bout of breast cancer. Those hats were purchased by a donor for $10,000 and are permanently on display at Zero Breast Cancer in Marin (www.zerobreastcancer.org). After they made their way back from New York, where 2 out of the 4 hats I made, are featured in an HBO documentary on breast cancer, the Marin Arts Council in collaboration with Zero Breast Cancer created an adjunct show, to be run concurrently with the Pop Art Show in San Rafael. My hat made with recycled fabrics, held together with threadlace embroidery, is full of life and bursting with color. This cloche breathes hope and possibility for a woman who has lost her hair to this devestating disease.

Some Like It Hot

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

White Trash

White Trash on Exhibit at Marin Arts Council Through July 15

Hi Contemporary Textile Art Lovers,

I am happy to announce that "White Trash", a costume made out of fused white Glad trash bags, machine embroidered with a dragon, was requested by Argo and Colleen at Marin Arts Council to be part of the Pop Art Show last Friday night. I heard from folks that the costume looked embodied by the King himself, standing in the front door of the gallery exhibit. In addition, "Maryln" was there too, all decked out in her red bubblewrap dress, "Some Like It Hot", and her pink bubblewrap dress, "Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend". After the show, "Elvis" was moved to the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael, where he will be on view through August 20. I hope to see you there on Opening Night, June 17 from 5-7 pm.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Summer Classes at Marin Arts Council

Hi Art Lover,
Check out my summer classes at Marin Arts Council, where you can make a stylish bag or hat out of repurposed materials donated by Whole Foods Market.   Showcase your artwork in the Spring Student Exhibition at the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts.

"Some Like It Hot" in Pop Art Show in Marin through July 10

My obsession with bubblewrap has turned into a sizzling FLAMEnco dress for the POP Art Show in Marin, showing from June 10 to July 10. I'll be wearing a HOT pink bubblewrap dress, hat and shoes, to carry on the "Marilyn Monroe" theme, during Opening Night, this Friday in Marin. Maybe they will ask me to sing!!!


More Artwork on View in Marin

Dear Art Lover,

I've been as busy as a bee, designing and constructing garments out of plastic trash bags called "Haute Trash", with the intention to educate the public and raise awareness about the impact of plastic on our health and natural world. My show schedule is quite full. For an Invited Member Show at Marin Arts Council, I created a sizzling wearable dress, made in the tradition of FLAMEnco with a lot of ruffles, out of red bubblewrap called "Some Like It Hot". Carrying on the theme of Pop Art and Marilyn Monroe, I'll be wearing a dress, hat and shoes, made from HOT pink bubblewrap on Friday, June 10, at Opening Night. Hats made to support breast cancer research and purchased for Zero Breast Cancer, by the 14 member strong artist group, including me, called Plexus, www.plexusartgroup.com, will show along with the Pop Art Show, from June 10 to July 15. Plexus will also be showing over 50 pieces of art, including my latest pieces, "White Trash", "Hot Off My Press" and the famous cassette tape sculpture, "In The Beginning", featured in Marin IJ, Plus Section on March 10, in our new show, Re:Value, at the Falkirk Cultural Center from June 17 to August 20. Opening Night is June 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The two dresses, "Slick" and "Aim High", seen on my new blog, http://hotoffthepressfromelisecheval.blogspot.com, were well-recieved last Friday night at MOCA in Novato. Check out the photo (including my Target dress) on their website www.Marin MOCA.org used for promotion of their Current Exhibition.

I hope to catch up with you soon