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June 7, 2011 > Hobnob: arts and crafts

Hobnob: arts and crafts

By Lucinda Bender

Explore the new "Hobnob" exhibit at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery where artists have fused art with crafts that appear to be on steroids.

Gloria Kim, curator of this exceptional collection explains, "The exhibit is a craft-based show. The title 'Hobnob' is a play of words where 'hob' sounds similar to 'hobby' (hobby art); and its definition, meaning 'rubbing shoulders,' would pertain to the get-together/socializing of craft art and conceptual art. I feel the collaboration of craft and conceptual art is interesting since there is always the controversial question 'Are crafts considered fine art?' When exhibited together, it is up to the viewer to decide."

Usually crafts have a specific purpose and are less thought provoking. For example, a woven basket or a ceramic plate; are supposed to hold things. Jewelry is to be worn and complete your "look." A handbag helps carry belongings... and so forth. But, what if expression, imagination, and concept combined with craftiness? Would it still be considered a piece of craft or "high-end" art? "My job for the show was to make the viewers question and ponder about this while viewing the artwork... hopefully I'll succeed, at least with a few people," adds Kim.

Olive Hyde's Hobnob exhibit offers infinite possibilities... hobby or art? You decide.

Through July 2
Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
Thursday - Sunday
12 Noon - 5 p.m.
(510) 791.4357

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