Aunt Dofe’s winter holiday show opening on Sunday December 16 will
appeal to a wide audience. The main gallery will be full of fabric
yardage and banners that have been shibori dyed by Marlene Saccoccia.
Shibori is an ancient hand dying technique most of us are familiar
with in its common form as “tie died”. But this isn’t the stuff you or
your grandmother wore to Grateful Dead concerts. Those bright colors
and bold blotches are there on some of the pieces, but subtle colors
and small, intricate patterns and textures are also well represented.
The room full of fabric is available for casual wanderers, but the
show is of particular interest to quilters and clothing makers looking
for something spectacular to accent their projects.
The show is set up like an exotic bazaar in the main gallery and
to stretch the bazaar theme further, jeweler/ sculptor April Hale will
be showing her work that is fabricated from silver and “roadkill” in
“the meat locker”. In this series of work Ms. Hale combines her
beautifully conceived and crafted silver work with materials we
usually don’t consider beautiful. She takes a few quills and some bone
and makes a finger ring reminiscent of abstract sculpture. But there
is nothing abstract about it. It is silver. It is quill from a
roadkilled porcupine. It is bone from who knows where. And it is
really beautiful sculpture. April treats all the elements of her work
with deep respect that often uses humor, but never makes rude jokes.
And so she makes us look at that blob at the side of the road with a
renewed appreciation of what it was and what it could become. She will
also be showing work that isn’t from the roadkill series just to get
us looking at scrabble tiles and cheep paperbacks with her same fresh
BAZAAR will open at noon on Sunday December 16 and the artist’s
reception will be from 5 until 7 that evening. Aunt Dofe’s Hall of
Recent memory is at 100 Main Street in Willow Creek. If you would like
to take an afternoon drive with a unique destination on any other day
before the closing on January 16, 2008, please call Dave Kirk at 285-6996 to arrange it.