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July 20, 2010 > Home sweet home

Home sweet home

By Lucinda Bender

It's said that your home is your castle, your haven. Three amazing artists will share their vision of "home" in the upcoming exhibit "Domicile" at the Olive Hyde Gallery. This exhibit, procured by Sandra Hemsworth, features the works of Carol Lawton, Sally Sellers and Mary White. Visitors will be amazed by the unique quality each artist brings to Domicile.

Sally Sellers has been making textiles since 1989, when she channeled her creative energy into art quilts. A love of pattern and a disdain for the straight line characterize her work. She became known for employing a house shape, used for its inherent emotional content as well as geometrical joy offering infinite design possibilities. Angles, supports, windows, and doors - they are all laden with opportunity to use color and line to create an intriguing image. Beads, pearls, and discarded electronic components are sewn onto her pieces adding another layer of complexity. As her work has veered even further from the category of nontraditional quilting, she dropped the Art Quilt label and began simply calling her pieces "textiles."

Sellers has been juried into major textile exhibitions. Her work has been featured in dozens of publications and is included in more than forty public collections. She lives a creative life in Vancouver, Washington, studying throwaway objects for their design possibilities before bringing herself to discard them. Consequently, she has recently enlarged her studio space.

Carol Lawton uses the house form as a platform for explorations of color and spatial relationships. The house, a familiar iconic shape, carries special meaning and significance for each individual. Lawton's work seeks to layer that meaning with the formalist concerns of color and dimensionality.

Lawton earned her Master of Arts degree at California State University San Jose, majoring in ceramics and photography. In 1983, she received a National Endowment for Arts Fellowship for her photographs. She worked primarily in photography until beginning glass education in 2002. Lawton currently teaches glass casting and related glass-working techniques at Ohlone College in Fremont.

Mary White is co-head of the Crucible Glass Department in West Oakland. She is a Bay Area sculptor/arts educator who likes to link art making and environmental issues. She believes in the power of regeneration, transformation and reuse, uses salvage materials in her work, and often works with many varieties of recycled glass, and found metal parts.

"In past work I have used the image of the house form to explore human relationships to the natural environment and concepts of shelter and home, exploring the built structure and its context within nature," says White. She has a MFA in Glass and Painting from California College of the Arts and has taught workshops at over fifteen institutions. Her work is displayed in many collections, including the Corning Glass Museum. Current works include solar powered birdbaths, glass flood level markers, and glass watershed maps.

For more information on these amazing artists, please visit their websites. Sally Sellers and Mary White

July 23 - August 21

Gallery Hours:
Thursday - Sunday
Noon - 5 p.m.

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 23
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123Washington Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 791.4357

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