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Beautiful Mess Curator Tour


Exhibition Tour: A Beautiful Mess (Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard)

with Curator Emilee Enders

In-Person Event! Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 10am – 12:00pm PDT Fee: $20 Purchase Tickets Here


Join us for an exclusive tour of A Beautiful Mess (Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard) with Emilee Enders, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Bedford Gallery.

From micro artworks the size of a hand to mammoth room-sized installations, the national roster of women artists in A Beautiful Mess pushes the boundaries of their textile-based medium. Using rope, yarn, clay and wire, these conceptual artists knot and twist their media into sculptures that range from minimal and hyper-organized to utter pandemonium. They explore personal and political ideals — order and chaos to the extreme — and freely break the rules to create their beautiful artworks. Serious about making a strong cultural and intellectual impact, this group deftly weaves their message into works that demonstrate extraordinary technical skill.

Artists include: Windy Chien, Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Dana Hemenway, Dani Lopez, Hannah Perrine Mode, Liz Robb, Katrina Sánchez Standfield, Meghan Shimek, Lisa Solomon and Jacqueline Surdell.

Safety Measures:The Bedford Gallery requires protective face masks covering the nose, mouth and chin for visitors and staff while at the gallery. Transactions (e.g., merchandise sales) must be made using a credit card. Daily wellness checks will be conducted for staff.

We look forward to meeting you at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek!

Image Credits:

Windy Chien, Circuit Board (detail), 2021, rope, 24k gold vintage, Japanese thread, synthetic chainette, 53 x 96 inches. Courtesy of Windy Chien. Instagram handle: @windychien.

Katrina Sánchez Standfield, Waiting for Tomorrow, 2021, machine knitted yarn, fiberfill, 40 x 40 x 4 inches. Courtesy of Katrina Sánchez Standfield. Instagram handle: @fiberess.

Jacqueline Surdell, Naturally Nasty Goes Dark (at installation), 2018, rope, metal, acrylic, 72 x 120 inches. Courtesy of Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Instagram handle: @jacquelinesurdell.


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