Stark Museum to display Bluestone tapestries
Stark Museum of Art to Display Woven Tapestries by Rebecca Bluestone
Exhibition Coordinates with Residency Programs and Lutcher Theater Performance
Twelve woven tapestries by contemporary New Mexico artist Rebecca Bluestone will be on view at the Stark Museum of Art from January 19-February 16, 2008. Woven Harmony: Tapestries of Rebecca Bluestone will coordinate with the January 27 performance of Woven Harmony at Lutcher Theater by Bluestone and her husband, Robert Bluestone, a classical guitarist. The Bluestones will be in residency in Orange from January 22-January 27, during which they will participate in community events coordinated by Museum and Theater staff along with representatives of related community organizations.
The exhibition features Rebecca Bluestone’s woven tapestries created using traditional tapestry techniques with hand-dyed silks of varied textures and sheens as well as metallic threads woven on a cotton warp. In addition to her vivid use of color, Bluestone also creates her pieces using the Fibonacci progression of numbers, a number series in which each number is the sum of the previous two numbers.
"My desire to create art has always come from an intense need to communicate those aspects of human experience that exist in the interstices, the space between the words," says Bluestone in her artist statement. "I am constantly exploring visual art’s abstract language that reaches to the depths of discovering what it means to be human. I think we access these innermost places through a contemplative, quiet state. I use color and the Fibonacci progression of numbers as a means to approach our many layers of knowing."
During the exhibition’s run the Museum will offer a children’s activity featuring paper weaving, which coordinates with Rebecca’s pieces as well as the Bluestones’ expressed passion for inspiring creativity in children.
The Museum will also offer several special events during the Bluestones’ residency in Orange. On Tuesday, January 22 at 6 p.m., the Museum will host a gallery reception to introduce the exhibition as well as Rebecca and Robert Bluestone to the public. Rebecca will speak briefly about her art, and Robert will play selections on the guitar. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet the artists. This event is open to the public.
Those wanting a more in-depth presentation about Rebecca’s art are invited to attend Inspiration of Color, Music and Line by Rebecca Bluestone at the Stark Museum of Art on Wednesday, January 23 from 10-11:30 AM. The Museum worked with local artists to schedule a residency activity of special interest for artists, art students and others focused on art elements. This event is also open to the public.
The Museum will also open the gallery featuring Rebecca Bluestone’s works on Sunday, January 27 from noon to 2:30 PM, allowing theater patrons to view Rebecca’s work prior to the Lutcher Theater performance that day at 3 PM. Only the Special Exhibition Gallery will be open on this day.
Also, at the same time as the Woven Harmony exhibition, the Stark Museum will have a small focus exhibition, Treasures of the Southwest: The Chief Blanket. This exhibition will feature Navajo weavings from the Stark Museum of Art’s collection. It will highlight the historic wearing blanket known today as a Chief Blanket. It will include 11 blankets, including second and third phase Chief Blankets and variations.
Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public at no charge Tuesday through Saturday. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or see www.starkmuseum.org.