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In the gARTen

art exhibit


Here's a little film of my students' exhibit this year. The theme was the garden, so the kids named the show 'In the gARTen'. Watch til the end, there's a stopmo of the show going up and coming down much too quickly...

Inspiration: Faith Ringgold and mother's day

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Faith Ringgold is one of my favorites. She is most well known for her storyquilts. And her children's books. Here's the cover of her first kids' book, Tar Beach, below, which won the Coretta Scott King award for illustration. She has written seventeen kids' books!
 I first saw her work at the UC Art Museum here in Berkeley, way back in the 1990s, when I went to hear her lecture about her art. She's a fabulous storyteller, and incredibly funny. She had been painting on canvas for years, but was having trouble getting her work into galleries. After seeing an exhibit of Tibetan Thangkas, paintings on fabric, she decided to try painting on fabric, making quilted borders or frames around the paintings. She had learned to sew from her mother, a fashion designer. Faith wrote stories to go with her paintings. Easy to roll up and mail cheaply, she started getting exhibits around the country, first at university galleries, then larger venues.

And the rest is history. I l…

In the gARTen

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Here's what I've been up to...  Transforming this mess above...  Into this garden full of art,  a gARTen, as one of our students aptly named it. Waterfall, pond... trees, flowers, fruit, birds chirping, fish and frogs jumping.  So much fun to make this garden-themed art exhibit. I"ll be sad to take it down on friday.