march  25, 26

 

Cristina Velazquez's Open Studios are almost at an end. Saturday (a Fiber Talk and Hands-on activity, see below) and Sunday 11: 00 AM to  2: 30 PM, Cristina's last regular Open Studio.  Open Studios are your chance to talk to Cristina, learn about her art processes, artistic experimentation and methods, and to ask her questions. Cristina's mission is focused on trash matter transformation. Cristina often has opportunities for adults, young adults, and children to participate.  Ask her about the social issues she explores through her art. Take the time to learn about fiber art through both listening and through hands-on activities. Or, simply  meet, observe, and better understand the life and inspirations of a local, working artist.  On March 25th , in place of a regular Open Studio, Cristina will host a special Fiber talk and hands-on activity (scroll down)Watch a video by the Mercury News about Cristina here! 

 

 

march 25, 1:00-3:00 PM

Join us for an afternoon Artist Talk at 1 PM AND hands-on activity at 2 PM with Artist in Residence, Cristina Velazquez in the Fiberspace gallery. Velazquez is an artist that utilizes undervalued materials to create new artistic interpretations. Cristina's mission is focused on trash matter transformation. Her past works incorporate VHS tapes, discarded clothing, and twigs. Velazquez transforms these objects, providing them with a new life. Her works engage and evoke curiosity. Velazquez will discuss her experience as an Artist in Residence  along with her artistic process. And then...

At 2:00 PM, Cristina will lead you to the Makerspace for  a hands-on participatory activity. Become part of a a web! You'll be working with re-purposed stretchy pieces of fabric, which will be provided to you. Participate in a performance and collaborative piece, where YOU are the main creator. You will be expanding the work in progress, an installation (below!) inside the Maker Space. This will highlight the collaborative aspect of our inter-connectivity as humans in this world. This 2 hour Artist in Residence event will be $5.00 in addition to Museum admission. We hope you have fun! Cristina's energy is infectious! 

 

Velazquez's residency ends on March 26th, so make sure to see catch up with Cristina this month.

This talk is $5.00 in addition to Museum admission ($8 general admission, $6.50 for students & seniors).

A bit more about Cristina:  VHS tapes. Cut-up, stretched t-shirts. Twigs, wrapped in yarn, float in a delicate, colorful suspension. These are a few of Cristina's visions turned to dreamy reality. Velazquez gives forgotten objects a new life: The Maker Space hallway is now an Enchanted Forest and at the last First Friday Art Walk, Cristina became a living and breathing centerpiece, a fly caught in a t-shirt "web," tied to the wall for three hours! Performance art meets recycled fabric. Amazing, right? 

“Cristina Velazquez is an artist that keeps the viewer on their toes. When I walk into the studio (Maker Space), I am constantly surprised. Her selection of material is unbiased and her works appeal to large audiences, young and old. She is also an extremely entertaining artist to listen to.” - Gwendolyn Reyes, Manager of Museum Engagement at SJMQT

Velazquez's residency ends on March 26th, so make sure to see catch up with Cristina this month.

 


MARCH 31, 7:00 PM

8 tickets left as of March 24nd! "It all starts with the sheep and the grass." A one-time screening of the award-winning documentary, Yarn: The Movie. Enjoy this rare after-hours intimate Museum film screening.  "Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends." Read more here. 

Purchase tickets here.  

Watch the film trailer. 

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We are turning 40!

Celebrate with us on May 7th with a community-wide, open house. Just come on in and enjoy the artist-run art activities (for both adults AND children), curatorial museum tours of our galleries and Permanent Collection, and Live Music by The Aki Kumar & Jon Lawton Blues Duo. We'll announce more soon.

Free to the public.

Mark your calendars!