Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 2015
Hi, it has been a long time, since I last wrote, but I have been busy weaving. This Friday I will be one of the four artists featured at an Art Party at the Sawtooth building in Berkeley. See the enclosed info.

I also want to take the opportunity to let you know, that I will participate in Pro Arts Open Studio for the last time this year. That will take place the first two weekends in June at my studio. I then plan on closing my business this coming year, but will still show my work at various galleries here in town and elsewhere.

I hope to post another blog, with more information about my Open Studio.
Prehistoric Cattle 28" x 12" Carved redwood
As a result of 40 years of instrument making, Ervin Somogyi is one of the leading American authorities on the principles of acoustic guitar construction.  In addition to being a world-renowned luthier he has also branched out to be an artistic wood carver.

Berkeley Art Party!

Friday May 8, 2015 7:00-9:30pm DaSilva Ukulele Co.
Sawtooth Building 2547 8th St. Unit 28 Berkeley CA  94710

Join us for a truly amazing array of multi-media art!  This month we feature the work of renowned luthier Ervin Somogyi,  sculptor Leitha Thrall, weaver Maj-Britt Mobrand,  and polymath Andrew Werby.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the talented ukulele artist Steve Lusie.
A truly multi dimensional evening of art and music.

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Andrew Werby's latest sculpture in natural and organic forms uses high-tech CNC carving machines.  With a background in sculpture and design and after working with molding and casting techniques for a long time, it occurred to him that he could do essentially the same thing digitally, using 3D scans instead of molds.  Andrew also sells the tools that he created for his own work through his company,
Boogie Woogie Blues 

Maj-Britt Mobrand was born and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and came to this country in 1961.She became a weaver/artist after first being introduced to the craft at the Berkeley Adult School in 1962.   She founded her own weaving workshop called Glimakra Studio on Martin Luther King in Berkeley where she continues to teach and sell Swedish looms.  She has exhibited widely in the Bay Area.

'Newborn Napping in Not-so-nice Nest'  Bronze/steel

One from the series, Babies and Bullets, inspired by "trench art" and visiting war memorials in Europe, growing up during the Vietnam war, and feeling lucky that we don't have wars in our own country. - Or, do we? Too often in the US there is violence with the gun being the weapon of choice. Also, too often, there are children involved. I make pieces that makes commentary on the observations around me, be it children in war situations or innocent children caught in accidental circumstances.
Leitha Thrall

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