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Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project

February 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - April 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

The Center presents provocative works by three artists in the Gerry Lenfest Gallery.  Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project addresses poaching and the illegal ivory trade which has all but decimated the elephant and exemplifies the artist’s shift beyond traditional studio craft and education, to advocacy.  Elephants are memorialized in monumental form with sculpted heads ranging from 8 to 12 feet in height, and shrine-like cabinet forms.  All create layers of sensory experience for the viewer as does the use of video, incense and a bronze bell – set to ring throughout the day.

Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project is organized by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and curated by Elizabeth Kozlowski. The exhibition is made possible through generous support by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

WildLIFE is complemented by installations from two other renowned artists who work closely with salvaged trees and bark. The Beyond the Trees exhibition features the work of Dorothy Gill Barnes and Dona Look. Dorothy Gill Barnes manipulates the limbs and bark of trees during their growth cycle. In exciting new work, Dorothy utilizes glass and tree elements to create large scale, suspended necklace forms. In contrast, Dona Look weaves and sews white birch bark with silk thread into elegant, sleek vessel forms.

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Reception with Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes | Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 6 – 7:30 PM

First Fridays | Feb 5, March 4*, April 1, 2016 | 5 – 8 PM.    

*Meet artists Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes  at the March 4 First Friday

Gallery talk with Wendy Maruyama and Dorothy Gill Barnes Saturday, March 5, 2016 | 2 – 4:30 PM | followed by dinner with the artists, trustees and supporters.

Questions about our events? Please contact Fred Kaplan-Mayer, Director of Advancement at 215-923-8000 or [email protected].

Exhibitions at the Center are generously supported by the Cambium Circle members of The Center for Art in Wood, The Bresler Family Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Samuel S. Fels Foundation, and Windgate Charitable Foundation. Corporate support provided by Penn State Industries and Signarama Center City Philadelphia



February 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
April 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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