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Heron Arts

7 Heron Street

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Gallery opening featuring the work of four female Bay Area artists

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Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 26, from 6-9pm. Drinks and light bites will be served.

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S A N C T U A R Y

Sanctuary brings together the meditative and textural works of four female Bay Area artists: Zai Divecha, Nicole Sweeney, Anastasia Tumanova, and Alice Wiese. Through the use of light color palettes, repetitive shapes, and organic forms, the artwork takes on an introspective and soothing aura, inspiring feelings of inner peace and psychic refuge. Working in a different medium — paper, wood, ceramic, and fiber respectively — each artist pushes the boundaries of their chosen craft in technique, application, and expression.

Curated by Anastasia Tumanova.

  • Opening Reception - Saturday, October 26th
  • Artist Panel - Thursday, November 7th (RSVP here)
  • Showing Through - Saturday, November 30th

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About the Artists:

Alice Wiese is an emerging textile artist from Oakland, California. She received her BFA in Textiles from California College of the Arts in Oakland in 2012. Much of her inspiration is drawn from architectural patterns such as wrought iron fences, tiles, and brick. Wiese is inspired by themes of grief, loss, change and the process of rebuilding oneself. Her highly repetitive and detailed work is simultaneously chaotic and calming, with currents of order and repetition. Using only white thread, she experiments with the direction of the stitches, and how the light reacts to the thread, allowing each piece to be experienced with different levels of dimension. Travel is also at the heart of her work. Wiese has spent time living in Melbourne, Australia and Kyoto, Japan, where she studied traditional Japanese textile techniques.

Nicole Sweeney is a San Francisco based artist and female activist. She is a dreamer and a believer in living life with intention, curiosity, and wonder. In 2016 Nicole quit her full time job as a display artist for Anthropologie to turn her living room into a wood shop to pursue her vision of creating artwork. In those short two years, She built a business and has been commissioned by dozens of homes internationally, featured in galleries and businesses, and debuted as a contestant on NBC’s Making It, a friendly competition between artists hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

Zai Divecha is a San Francisco-based artist who makes geometric paper sculptures and installations. By scoring and pleating a repetitive series of "mountain" and "valley" folds in white sheets of paper, she creates patterns with depth and shadow. She works out of a shared metal shop in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Zai is a Bay Area native, a Yale graduate, and an avid road cyclist.

Anastasia Tumanova views her work as an antithesis to technology, a woman's soul yearning for what is natural and wild. Tumanova creates interior ceramic installations and large scale botanical arrangements in clay that are equally intricate as they are dynamic and meditative. Her installations are inspired by the shapes, patterns, and textures she observes in the Californian landscape. Known by the pseudonym We Are Clay, Tumanova views her practice as a vehicle for personal empowerment and transformation.

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Gratitude to Mark Slee of Heron Arts for offering us the opportunity to show at Heron Arts Gallery.

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