FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEARABLE EXPRESSIONS
Through January 15, 2006



5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-4998
CONTACT:  Kathy Shinkle, Public Relations Director
(310) 541-2479, fax (310) 541-9520
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Hours:  Daily, 1-4pm (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day)



Hadar Jacobbson (Berkeley, CA), “Gaudi Dress”, fine silver precious metal clay pendant.

WEARABLE EXPRESSIONS RETURNS TO PALOS VERDES ART CENTER
 
Art doesn’t only hang on the wall or sit on pedestals. It also finds expression in the clothing, jewelry and accessories with which people adorn their bodies. This is wearable art—art that combines aesthetics and function as it adds the fourth dimension of the animation and the personal expression of the people who wear and move in it.

More than 140 pieces of wearable art are on display at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, in Wearable Expressions, the fifth biennial international juried wearable art exhibition, and the inaugural exhibition in the Art Center’s newly renovated galleries. The galleries are open from 1 – 4 p.m. daily through January 15, 2006 (except Christmas and New Year’s Day). There is no admission charge.

This exhibition was funded in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, through the Los Angeles County Art Commission.

Major Renovations
Wearable Expressions is the inaugural show in the newly-refurbished Art Center, the result of a year of dust, dirt and some minor inconvenience.  “It has been quite a year,” said Robert A Yassin, executive director, “but we managed to re-configure the entire campus to make it more attractive and user-friendly at the same time that we handled some long-overdue maintenance issues.”

The renovations, which cost approximately $300,000 and were completed ahead of schedule and under budget, totally re-configured the space in the Palos Verdes Art Center’s two main buildings. Exhibitions are now shown in three contiguous galleries with improved traffic flow, lighting, climate control, security and flooring.

Upstairs in the second building is the Art Center’s major classroom space. It can be used in its entirety or subdivided to form several smaller class spaces. The walls are available for display of students’ work. Downstairs are the administrative offices and a new conference room, which is used for small meetings.

Other work completed at the Palos Verdes Art Center this past year includes the re-roofing and re-painting of all three buildings, re-surfacing of the parking lot, replacement of all heating and air-conditioning systems and new landscaping.

Wearable Expressions
Clothing is essential to keep people warm and dry. However, from earliest times, man has embellished his basic clothing with feathers, beads or color to express his personality. And true fiber and jewelry artists, like those represented in this exhibition, make aesthetic statements that go far beyond the norm.

As some of today’s most exciting and unique examples of wearable art from next door and around the world, all these pieces are truly one-of-a-kind; most are for sale. All are in competition for $2,200 in cash awards, which will be announced during a free public reception from 7 – 9 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2005.

“The entries for this year’s exhibition span a wide range of materials, techniques and design. I found the variety refreshing,” said Christie Romero, a juror for the show. “Original design and good craftsmanship are primary criteria no matter what the material or technique.”

“Many of the entrants have explored the possibilities of design for the human body in surprisingly creative approaches. Both serious and playful pieces show a wide range of what is possible when artists use their many resources to develop their concepts,” added Jacqueline Marks, one of the curators.

The selection committee chose 72 fiber entries, ranging from complete ensembles to 11 hats. The artists employ both traditional materials—wool, silk and felt—and those that can only be described as weirdly unique—rubber gloves, open cell polyurethane foam and metal. Techniques also run the gamut from pleating, embroidery, quilting and appliqué to Korean string-painting, photo transfer and digital printing.

There are 79 jewelry items crafted of everything from precious metals and gems to nylon mesh, rubber and recycled materials, sometimes combined in the same piece.

The artists are from Italy, Germany, Finland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Iceland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as from across the United States, Torrance and Rancho Palos Verdes.

The exhibition was selected by a committee anchored by Romero, director of the Center for Jewelry Studies, Anaheim, and a faculty member of the gemology department of Santiago Canyon College, Orange. Other members were fiber artists Joanell Connolly and the show’s two curators—Marks, a longtime Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibitions Committee member, and Gabrielle, manager of The Artists’ Studio, the Art Center’s on-site artists’ cooperative.

The Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit visual arts organization, has provided the South Bay with art exhibition, education and community programs for 75 years. For more information about Wearable Expressions or other Palos Verdes Art Center activities, call (310) 541-2479.



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