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Vignettes: one venue, three exhibitions

Published: September 27, 2023; Author: Julia Sonrisa

 October 7, 2023    11:00 AM-06:00 PM EST

Address: 276 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897, United States

Phone: +1 203-834-0623


Vignettes: one venue, three exhibitions

This series of events will feature a unique format — three exhibitions in one space. Vignettes: one venue; three exhibitions will combine celebrations of the noted wood sculptor, Dorothy Gill Barnes and famed weaver and surface designer, Glen Kaufman, with An Abundance of Objects, featuring baskets, ceramics, and sculptures by more than three dozen international artists.

Exhibition Description(s):

Vignette 1: Dorothy Gill Barnes: a way with wood

Dorothy Gill Barnes: A Way with Wood will celebrate the work of the renowned sculptor, known for weaving bark, transforming natural materials, and for her collaborations with glass artists, resulting in objects that mix glass and bark and branches in intriguing ways. Among Barnes’ innovations were “dendroglyphs,” markings she’d make on live tree bark, which she allowed to develop into readable scars for months or years before harvesting and using the resulting bark “drawings” in her works.

Vignette 2: An Abundance of Objects

Personally selected items, like those in the third exhibition, An Abundance of Objects, contain meaning and memory, evoke feelings, and exert a palpable energy on one’s surroundings. An Abundance offers an eclectic and engaging collection of baskets, sculptures, and ceramics by more than three dozen artists from the US and abroad.

Included will be work by Dail Behennah (UK), Dominic Di Mare (US), Lizzie Farey (UK), Joe Feddersen (US), Paul Furneaux (UK), Mary Giles (US), Gertrud Hals (NO), Norie Hatekayama (JP), Lissa Hunter (US), Stéphanie Jacques (BE), Tim Johnson (UK), Christine Joy (US), Kiyomi Iwata (US), Aya Kajiwara (JP), Karen Karnes (US), Lewis Knauss (US), Naomi Kobayashi (JP), Yashuisa Kohyama (JP), Markku Kosonen (FI), Kogetsu Kosuge (JP), Kyoko Kumai (JP)’Gyöngy Laky (US), Lawrence LaBianca (US), Jeannet Leendertse (US), Dona Look (US), John McQueen (US), Mary Merkel-Hess (US), Norma Minkowitz (US), Judy Mulford (US), Keiji Nio (JP), Eduardo Portillo and Mariá Eugenia Dávila (VE), Neil and Fran Prince (US), Simone Pheulpin (FR), Willa Rogers (NZ), Toshiko Takaezu (US), Noriko Takamiya (JP), Gary Trentham (JP), Hisako Sekijima (JP), Noriko Serino (JP), Karyl Sisson (US), Jin-Sook So (KR), Polly Adams Sutton (US), Hideho Tanaka (JP), Katherine Westphal (US), Dawn Walden (US), Gizella Warburton (UK), Merja Winqvist (FI), Jiro Yonezawa (JP)

Vignette 3: Glen Kaufman: Elegant Eloquence

Glen Kaufman: Elegant Eloquence highlights 65 works by a master weaver and designer who created photo collages, using a Japanese technique to apply gold and silver leaf atop intricately woven damask fabric, often in a grid, to reflect disappearing Japanese architecture. Also included are examples of Kaufman’s early work, which included both textural weaving and macramé-knotted and interloped, hanging sculptural forms.

Safety protocols:

Eventbrite reservations strongly encouraged • No narrow heels please (barn floors)

About browngrotta arts:

For more than 30 years, Browngrotta Arts has been advancing the field of contemporary fiber arts by curating and exhibiting renowned international contemporary artists who celebrate the exploration of fiber art techniques, along with compatible artists in ceramics and mixed media. Exhibiting many of the artists who have helped define modern fiber art since the 1950s, Browngrotta Arts reflects the cultivated eye and intellect of its co-curators, husband-and-wife team, Tom Grotta and Rhonda Brown. Museum-quality artworks by more than 100 international artists are represented through art catalogs, art fairs, co-partnered exhibits at museums, retail spaces, and an online gallery.

Two times a year, Brown and Grotta open their gallery/home — a two-story barn built in 1895 expanded and contemporized by architect David Ling in 2000 — for “Art in the Barn,” a unique annual salon-style exhibition. It offers over 3500 square feet of space with a viewing vista of 55’ allowing for experiencing works that reflect complex illusionary space. The 21’ high ceilings permit the installation of tall sculptures and two free-standing walls enable dramatically shaped fiber structures best hung off the wall. Browngrotta Arts has published 56 art catalogs and two books and placed works in private and corporate collections in the US and abroad, including the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum. The gallery also regularly works with architects and interior designers offering consultation for commissioned artworks and site-specific installation for commercial and residential spaces.

A selection of works is on view and available for sales inquiries at the website.

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Time: 11:00 am — 6:00 pm EDT



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