MAY FIRST FRIDAY
MAY 4, 2018 | 5 PM TO 8 PM
WASTE NOT WANT NOT | WORKS INSPIRED BY MIRIAM SCHAPIRO
Cottonwood is thrilled to announce a juried show for May, composed of artists of all mediums, coming from within Cottonwood and from across the region. These artists have taken inspiration from Miriam Schapiro’s fine art/craft dichotomy, geometric Pattern and Decoration icons, and celebration of "traditional" women's techniques in regard to feminism and feminist art.
Schapiro's work from the 1970s onward consisted primarily of what she deemed "femmages" a word invented by Schapiro and Melissa Meyer to include activities practiced by women using traditional women's techniques: art-sewing, piecing, hooking, cutting, appliquéing, cooking and the like - activities also engaged in by men but assigned in history to women. In "Waste Not Want Not: An Inquiry into What Women Saved and Assembled," Schapiro cites scrapbooking, collage, assemblage, decoupage, and photomontage as ways of documenting culture.
Working within the parameters of her brand of inspiration while avoiding direct imitation, the artists of this show bring you their interpretation of our modern world through the lens of Miriam Schapiro, with the results being an illuminating and exciting collection to view.
An encore presentation of Bernard Arnest's work will be on display in our front Reception Gallery. This iconic artist's career spanned 40 years and we're honored to be able to display his work for a second time. Arnest felt that the subjects he was drawn to - landscapes, portraits, and city-scapes - were simply appreciations and representations but he also understood the freedom and joy experienced by the painter. He recognized how relationships formed between artist and subject and how the interpretation of hidden signs and messages are impossible to remove. Ultimately, Arnest was a storyteller, taking reality and objective subject matter and translating it into a valuable experience for both himself and viewers.
DETAIL | MARCH 2 - MAY 29 | LONG HALL GALLERY: COTTONWOOD SECOND FLOOR
A Cottonwood artists group show featuring works that show their subjects under a microscope. Minutia, ultra close-ups, and finely manipulated media draw formal and thematic connections within this eclectic, beautiful collection.
MAY FIRST FRDAY KID'S CRAFTS
Join us in studio 113 to create a Mother's Day card for a special lady! Kids ages 5 and up will have the opportunity to use cut paper, markers, and glue sticks to create one of a kind cards. Crafts will run from 5 pm to 8 pm during the rest of Cottonwood’s First Friday festivities. $5-10 requested donation, all materials provided. Please wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty. *Creating the specified project is optional. Painting and coloring supplies will also be provided.
These events are made possible by support from Colorado Creative Industries.