Strathmore Visual Arts Presents The Creative Crafts Council 32nd Biennial Exhibition

By Editorial Team on June 17, 2019
Courtesy of Strathmore Visual Arts.

Education Programming at the Mansion

A fish-shaped teapot made from metallic thread, two ceramic bottles joined together as a couple, blown glass formed into a perfect donut shape, and a needle felted sculpture of Ruth Bader Ginsberg are just some of the works on display and for sale in The Creative Crafts Council 32nd Biennial Exhibition at the Mansion at Strathmore from June 1–July 31.

On the Mansion landing, Strathmore continues its Perspective series celebrating local artists by honoring Chinese artist Henry Wo Yue-Kee. The artist, who divides his time between China and Virginia, subtly fuses eastern and western influences and blends traditional Chinese brushwork to produce elegant ink paintings on paper. A disciple of the Lingnan school of painting, Wo Yue-Kee uses translucent washes punctuated with delicate linear accents to elegantly transform images found in nature into symbols of happiness, friendliness, peace, gentleness, tranquility, and harmony.

The 32nd biennial juried exhibition continues a long tradition of the Creative Crafts Council (CCC) exhibiting at Strathmore to celebrate the traditions and innovation of artisans and the continued love for American craft. Over 150 pieces are on display and available to purchase until the exhibition closes, including handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles, and woodwork. Unique pieces include Sheebie Jeebie, a pink, fiber felted multi-legged creature with beaded feet and eyelash yarn, created by Bethesda-based artist Shana Kohnstamm. Kohnstamm used a range of techniques to create the piece, which guarantees to engage your eye and tempt you to touch.

Baltimore-based artist David Knopp uses the stack lamination technique to produce a functional Baltic birch plywood bench that challenges your sense of perceptions as your eye explores the contours of the piece.

Other notable artists include DC resident Karen Schulz, who has won numerous awards for her quilt works and has exhibited in the United States and overseas. Following a solo exhibition at Strathmore in 2017, Eileen Martin, known for her glass work, returns with her current work. Meg Talley showcases her stunning oxidized sterling silver jewelry creations that are conceptual in design. Chris Shea, whose furniture and architectural metal work are included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, has three metal pieces included in the exhibition.

Strathmore enhances the visitor experience with a number of FREE community engagement programs in English and Spanish.

Unleash your creative side at Make It/Take It on Thursday June 20 at 7pm and create a one-of-a-kind collage while mingling with your crafty compatriots during this unique happy hour party.

At Rope Rugs for Families on Saturday, June 22 at 11am, bring the whole family together to create a fun and functional fiber rope rug.

On Saturday, July 20 at 10:15 & 11:30 am young art lovers get behind the brushstrokes during the Children’s Talk & Tour conducted in English and Spanish.

That same day, at the Curator’s Tour also conducted in English and Spanish beginning at 1 & 2 p.m., adults will learn about the exhibitions from Jaimianne Amicucci, Executive Officer of the CCC.

Strathmore’s art-themed book club, Artists in Fiction, will meet on Wednesday, July 17 at 3 & 7pm to explore Javaka Steptoe‘s Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.