Maureen McCourt: KNITTASTIC + POM!POM! galore

May-July 2018
Viewing schedule & workshops:
Open exhibition in the Children’s Garden area; Family Craft Day, Sunday, June 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

KNITTASTIC is a knit bombing project meant to highlight the beauty of the Gardens. The magenta yarn wrapped around trees leads viewers through the garden landscape to the new and amazing Children’s Garden. Inside the Children’s Garden, viewers will find the eye-popping POM! POM! galore. A fun interactive installation that invites people to pet the sculptures and be dazzled by the rainbow colors!

Get involved in the fiber fun on Sunday, June 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Family Craft Day at The Gardens, where families can make unique crafts alongside the artist. Explore the exciting world of fiber, using the combination of found objects and craft materials!

In the Artist’s Own Words: “In my work I create subversively soft situations/objects that engage the viewer in conversations and participation. I am interested in the democratic relationship practiced through the orientation of the participant in my work. My work challenges notions of gender, capitalism and the hierarchy of institutions through my use of “passive gestures” such as knitting, baking and my skillful use of a hot glue gun. The use of “passive gestures” becomes a device to invite interactions within the environments, which I occupy and/or create.”

About the Artist: Maureen McCourt was born and raised in Montana. She is currently living in Oakland, CA. She received her B.A. from the University of Montana and her M.F.A in sculpture at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Maureen has exhibited at SOIL Gallery, LA, CA, Center for Community Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, Westchester Community College, Peekskill, NY; The Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY; Adelphi University, Garden City, NY; The Hewn Art Center, Jersey City, NY; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY; Saunders Farm Project, Saunders, NY; The Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY; The T-Shirt Factory, Kingston, NY; Chashama Gallery, New York, NY; the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Masters On Main, Catskill, NY; the Church, Missoula, MT; The Golddust Gallery, Missoula, MT and GalleryStudio, Missoula, MT. She was a co-curator for The Untitled Show at the Golddust Gallery.

Julia Wilson: Botanical Weaver

June/July 2017
Viewing schedule:
Thursdays from 6-8pm & Saturdays from 9-11am (No viewing 7/20 & 7/22)

As part of her continuing series, Weaving the Grasses of America, Julia will create site specific weavings with plant waste material and trimmings from The Gardens. This ongoing series shows a woven, map-like path of a walk through a particular environment. By weaving the grasses in the order they were found, she records footsteps through time and place, and asks questions about native and non-native species.

Julia Wilson studied Fiber Art & Material Studies at Syracuse University with a focus on weaving and sculpture. The cities of Syracuse, NYC, Philadelphia, and Oakland help form her theories on ways of living within cities and mapping the nature that finds its way in. Her work captures the spirit of specific locations and marks time within those spaces, colliding records of time and place visually. This is directly related to weaving, where weft is thrown within warp and holds that linear motion as a record in place and time. At the Gardens, she will create horticultural weavings each week that will record the passing summer within the garden.

Lisa Long: Paper Artist

September/October 2017
Viewing schedule:
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-1pm

Lisa makes cut and sculptural paperwork of forms found in nature from tiny insects to large mountainscapes. While working in The Gardens, Lisa will explore the geography and plant matter in the garden areas through paper sculpture and offer opportunities for the public to create their own paper pieces.

Lisa Long looks at the world and wonders if she can create it in paper, testing the limits of her favorite media. She works predominately in paper cutting and paper sculpture, but also explores other media, including digital illustration. Sometimes she uses the computer to draft her ideas. Long’s work is inspired by nature and human connection. Born in Livermore, CA in 1975, Long has exhibited her work throughout California. She recently painted a public art mural in her city, which was her first public art project and her first mural. She is currently working on preparations for her first solo show in 2018. Long lives and works in Dublin, CA.

About the Artist in Residency (AIR) Program

Bringing inspiring Bay Area artistic talent to the six acres of lush, natural landscapes at The Gardens at Heather Farm, our Artist in Residency program supports the creation of innovative and transformative artworks that:

  • Further the resident’s practice and the interplay between their practice and the natural world.
  • Enhance the visitor experience through interaction with art and artists.
  • Enrich, enliven and activate the Gardens’ landscapes with projects or performances of durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.
  • Engage the local community in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County and contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the Bay Area on issues of conservation and our connection to nature.
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