Saturday, June 11, 2011

A few works from All in the Family Exhibit

The "All in the Family" exhibit will be coming down at the end of the week, so I thought I should share a few more of the pieces that caught my eye. Well, you must admit that the thing above would catch anyone's attention. It is a stoneware glass lamp by Elizabeth Gardner called "There is more here than meets the eye." What a fun piece and I can just imagine the type of modern design home it would look fabulous in.

This is a felted wool piece called "Two Tall Pines" by Shauna Lyman. I find I am often drawn to the soft vague images of this art form, but have no desire to try it myself.

Finally, this was the talk of the exhibit - a grandmother's rendering of Garden Flowers, done during the Great Depression when there was no money for art supplies. That didn't stop Perina Wiley from making art though. She had crayons and she had brown paper bags, so that is what she used. Have to remember that the next time I want to complain about being short on funds for art supplies.


Amanda said...

Love the flowers and the trees, not sure about the lamp though. I can appreciate the art but I wouldn't want to live with it. lol

Unknown said...

Strange to comment on this post 11-plus-years later, but Perina Wiley was my grandmother when she still graced this earth and I grew up in her home in the surprisingly rural Santa Monica mountains outside Los Angeles. Her amazing affinity for art was inherited by all her female children, a talent her daughters all display at no-less-than genius proficiency. Perina's appreciation of art, life, and the natural world, as well as a fierce attachment to open-mindedness instilled a desire to live and create in myself. It has provided me a reason to persevere in this world where and when I otherwise might not have. I'm overjoyed to see her influence persevering beyond the context in which she originally existed; truly a legendary character whose story has yet to reach the masses

The Idaho Beauty said...

This attests (in my mind at least) to the value of blogs, that so many years after having written this post, someone for whom it has special meaning and who I do not know comes across it and feels compelled to leave a comment. I wish I had noted the family members here in this area who shared your grandmother's work. I only remember that I didn't know them or even recognize their names. But I do remember how proud they were of Perina's talent and perseverance and that she had definitely influenced their own artistic journey. Thank you for writing.