San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

EXPRESSIONS OF IDENTITY: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION.  October 20, 2017 – January 14, 2018.   Inserting one’s identity is inherent in the process of an artist and their body of work. As San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrates its 40th year, we reflect on our own identity and highlight pieces from the permanent collection acquired in the last five years.   Reception October 29, 3-5 pm.   520 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.  Phone: (408) 971-0323.  Museum hours:  Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

FiberSpace:  Call for Entry. Open Deadline.  FiberSpace is an exhibition platform at SJMQT where the museum provides gallery space and artists supply work and resources to mount a professional exhibit. FiberSpace exhibitions incorporate the work of three or more fiber artists along a clear and unified theme. Exhibits can present a wide range of fiber media and techniques, as well as a variety of messages and viewpoints. Applications must have a minimum of three exhibiting artists. The applicants will designate a managing curator for the exhibition, who can be, but is not required to be, one of the exhibiting artists. Due to the nature of the exhibition space, only a limited number of three dimensional works requiring 360º viewing can be considered. The majority of works in the exhibit should be two-dimensional or otherwise able to be displayed on a wall. Additionally, the majority of works exhibited must be available for sale. Sales will be handled by the museum store, and all proceeds will be split evenly between the participants and the museum. Any work sold must remain for the duration of the exhibit. This may be a great idea for a small group show comprised of three of our Guild Members. It is a self-managed endeavor.

Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

Sanctuary, October 07, 2017 – March 11, 2018. Admission: Free.  The notion of sanctuary—both physical and psychological—has been fundamental in shaping a sense of selfhood and social identity throughout human history. But in an era of increasing global migration and rising nationalism, the right to safe haven is under threat, and the need for compassion is greater than ever. For its latest presentation of art about place, FOR-SITE invited 36 artists from 22 different countries to design contemporary prayer rugs reflecting on sanctuary, arrayed on the floor of the historic Fort Mason Chapel in San Francisco. The four-by-six-foot rugs—woven using traditional materials and hand-knotting techniques—offer a multiplicity of perspectives on the basic human need for sanctuary. The rugs naturally invite interaction, and visitors are encouraged to remove their shoes and walk, sit, and recline on the artworks—to quietly reflect on our shared humanity. The entrance for the Chapel is off Bay Street at Franklin Street.

Sanchez Art Center   ( www.sanchezartcenter.org )

58th Annual Award Exhibition.  Selected by Jennifer Farris & Rab Terry of Studio Gallery, San Francisco.  1220-B Linda Mar Blvd. Pacifica, CA.  Gallery hours (after Oct. 20) Fri., Sat., Sun. 1 -5 pm.  Deborah Corsini is represented in this exhibition.  Contact Deborah if you can visit the exhibit and she will arrange to meet you there.   Opening reception: Friday, October 20, 7-9 pm.  Artist talks: Sun. Nov.12, 3:30 pm

American Tapestry Alliance

Crossroads. Small Tapestry International 5. November 15 – December 30, 2017. Opening reception December 2, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. 1102 Tacoma Avenue Soiuth, Tacoma Washington. 253-292-2001. www.tacomalibrary.org/handforth-gallery

On-going: TEx@ATA Online Gallery, American Tapestry Alliance. The American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) is engaged in a wide range of educational, exhibition, outreach and promotional programs. Their programs serve the goals of their Mission Statement:to promote an awareness of and appreciation for woven tapestries designed and woven by individual artists to encourage and recognize superior quality tapestries to encourage educational opportunities in the field of tapestry to sponsor exhibitions of tapestries to establish a network for tapestry weavers throughout the world to educate the public about the history and techniques involved in tapestry making Now showing in the On-line Gallery: Belinda Ramson “Belinda Ramson, (born in New Zealand 1935, died in Tanja, New South Wales November 2014) first learned cloth weaving in 1965-66 in Canberra, Australia,     studying with Solvig Baas Becking. Although Baas  Becking worked in tapestry herself, she did not teach the technique. Ramson was dissatisfied with cloth weaving and was seeking something more fulfilling. “In 1967 Ramson studied as a special student for a year in the Tapestry Department, Edinburgh College of Art. She went to the studio around 9:30 in the morning and worked till 4:00 or 4:30 every day, often including the weekends, stopping only for a cup of coffee at lunch time. “In 1973, Ramson returned to Edinburgh to work as a weaver at the Dovecot Tapestry Studio, learning the precise methods which she described as “solidly based in a traditional discipline.” Ramson was committed to Archie Brennan’s way of thinking in weaving, which she considered to be “constantly innovative” and about “using the medium of tapestry to elucidate a conceptually difficult problem. Ramson summarized her experience as a workshop weaver at the Dovecot as being encouraged to think beyond the basic skills of their craft. “A painting, religiously woven, was a complete waste of time.”

William Torphy Fine Art.  510-222-8215.  (www.torphyart.com)

Woven Treasures: Hand-Woven Tapestries (Exhibition) by Alex Friedman. Through October 28, 2017.  201 California Street (lobby near Front Street) | San Francisco. Free admission.  Sales and Info:  William@Torphyart.com

The Mills Building and Tower, 220 Montgomery/220 Bush, San Francisco

The Hinabi Project:Weaving Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts Of Mindanao (Exhibition).  September 18–November 24, 2017 Lobby Hours: 5 am–6 pm, Monday to Friday, Saturday Tours: By appointment only

Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, 2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA  https://www.lacis.com

Piña – The Philippine Cloth of Pride, Endurance and Passion. July 07, 2017 – May 04, 2018. Open for Tours Only: Monday through Saturday, 1:00pm. 3:00pm, 4:30pm. Admission: Registration in Advance: $0.50/person ($1.00 minimum).510-843-7178.

International Terminal, SFO, Departures – Level 3 – Pre-Security

 Empowering Threads; Textiles of Jalom Mayaetik, August 26, 2017 – April 01, 2018.

The Textile Museum, Washington DC (https://museum.gwu.edu/)

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse. Opening September 2, 2017

Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA,  (www.laslagunagallery.com/)

Women In Art. January 28, 2018 Deadline. Las Laguna Gallery is seeking works from women artists. This exhibition is dedicated to the spirit and creativity of all women artists, past and present. All local, national and international artists, professional and amateur will be considered in this call for art. Works in Acrylic, Airbrush, Assemblage, Charcoal, Color Pencil, Collage, Digital Art, Drawings, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Graphite, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media, Oil, Painting, Pastel, Photography (Traditional and Digital), and Watercolor, will be considered. Deadline: January 28, 2018. Artist Notification: February 11, 2018. Delivery of Art: February 23 to February 26, 2018. Artist Reception: March 1 from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm. Exhibition runs: March 1 to March 31, 2018.

Blue Line Arts. 405 Vernon Street #100, Roseville, CA 95678.  (www.bluelinearts.org)

By Hand: An International Fine Craft Exhibition and Competition Eligibility. Call for entries. December 01, 2017 Deadline. Open to all artists residing in the World. Open to original artwork only. Work cannot have been exhibited previously at Blue Line Gallery. Size limitations—Pieces must enter through doors with entry of 94” H x 91” W. All work must be for sale.  No accepted entry may be withdrawn or sold outside of the exhibition prior to the close of the exhibition. By Hand is an international biennial fine craft competition. Handcrafted items include everything from furniture, elegant vases and jewelry boxes to wall hangings, pottery and sculpture made by hand from glass, clay, wood, metal and fiber. Juror: Brigitte Martin. Brigitte Martin is the creator and editor of “crafthaus”, a social network and online community for professional craft artists worldwide. She regularly contributes blogs and articles for the website and helps artists connect across media and national boundaries.