Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron" Exhibition

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Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron

curated by Gail M. Brown

Peters Valley School of Craft is pleased to announce a much anticipated exhibition, Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron, curated by Gail M. Brown, in the Sally D. Francisco Gallery from August 31 through November 3, 2019. An opening reception will be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Saturday, August 31st with a Gallery Talk at 6:00pm.

 This invitational exhibition focuses on works in craft media made specifically for the show, and which offer, comment and challenge changing social roles and mores, topics about work, familial life and identity, and may also reference historic connections to functionality, occupation, community and new household roles. The apron, identifiably a domestic icon, often socially and politically charged, is thematic, but not limiting for the 47 female well-known to early-career participating artists. For example, metalsmith Harriete Estel Berman’s piece Reality Studded with Thorns Hides the Front Door from the Street, a wall piece made from recycled tin cans and vintage steel dollhouses, addresses the hypocrisy of the more provocative images of women in consumer packaging and advertising versus the devaluing of domestic roles from cleaning and cooking to early childhood care, and the domestic arts—techniques from which the artist used to create the piece. In contrast, Lindsay Obermeyer’s knitted piece Empty Nesting speaks to the artist’s mixed emotions about the strings, both personal and societal, that inextricably tie a mother and child together.

 Gail M. Brown is a renowned curator of contemporary craft. Among the 80+ exhibitions she has curated, most recently are: An Exuberance of Color In Studio Jewelry, Tansey Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, 2016; The Evocative Garden, the NCECA Annual, Portland, OR, 2017; and Current Reflections On The Natural and Manmade, Landmark Arts Gallery, Texas Tech University, 2017. In 2019, in addition to this exhibition, Gail curated Mastery in Jewelry and Metals: Irresistible Offerings! Celebrating SNAG’s 50th Anniversary, Chicago, IL; and Westward Ho! A Look At Contemporary Craft in the SW, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA.

 Participating artists are: Harriete Estel Berman, Jen Blazina, Elizabeth Brim, Jessica Calderwood, Rebecca Chappell, Pattie Chalmers, Kate Clements, Cynthia Consentino, Jennifer Datchuk, Liz Alpert Fay, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Jill Baker Gower, Rachel Grobstein, Susan Hagen, Karen Hampton, Reineke Hollander, Wendy Huhn, Lissa Hunter, Nicole Jacquard, Kate Kretz, Tracy Krumm, Margaux Lange, Lee Malerich, Donna Rhae Marder, Kristen Martincic, Carol Milne, Sana Musasama, Lindsay Obermeyer, Mary Hallam Pearse, Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Luanne Rimel, Gwen Samuels, Marian Schoettle/MAU, Karyl Sisson, Damia Smith, Jo Stealey, Melissa Stern, Missy Stevens, Claudia Tarantino, Billie Theide, Shalene Valenzuela, Mallory Weston, Blake Williams, Kimberly Winkle, Leah Woods, Janis Mars Wunderlich and Renee Zettle-Sterling.

 The Gallery at Peters Valley School of Craft is located at 19 Kuhn Rd., Layton, NJ 07851 and is open daily from 10am – 6pm.

 Peters Valley School of Craft is a non-profit educational center for the exploration, promotion and practice of fine craft, located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Funding for Peters Valley is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and New Jersey Historic Trust, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Marie & John Zimmermann Fund, Windgate Charitable Foundation, Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation, Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, The Greater Pike Community Foundation, New Jersey Cultural Trust and by the generosity of its members and individual donors. Please visit for more information.

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