Take a deep dive into the color blue. Now pair that with reflections on the COVID-19 crisis, struggles to achieve racial justice, a consequential presidential campaign underway, global climate change, and the 100-year anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Studios on the Park offers a creative survey for our times— in predominantly blue textiles. We hope to intrigue, inspire, and invite all to TRUE BLUE, Sew to Speak: A Fiber Art Preview & Retrospective.
With stitch work and a predominant palette of blues, a dozen artists have been working to create this collection of art-wear and textile stories. The exhibit is co-curated by lead artists, Julie Frankel and Melinda Forbes.
Using hand dyed and recycled materials the show creators have pieced together TRUE BLUE narratives—giving voice to artists exploring women’s history, ecology, and their personal truths.
The Blues of nature and human nature are stitched together into the participating artist's creative points of view. These works are a preview of a future, more extensive exhibit we plan to carry in 2021, when public gathering is hopefully safer.
The current show thus serves as a harbinger of something more still to come. It will be complemented by various stunning past works by the presenting curators, building on a wide array of earth tones and natural materials.
Julie Frankel and Melinda Forbes have been periodic contributors over recent years to highly popular fashion-based art shows at Studios on the Park and other important cultural and gallery spaces across California. They are considered to be the Central Coast's leading creators of fashion art installations, and their works have shown extensively across the region, as well as at leading venues in Palm Springs and Palm Desert, CA.