The Campanella Gallery at Park University will host an art exhibit featuring the works of Valerie Bashaw, Monday, March 20, through Thursday, April 27. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, March 24, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Gallery.
The exhibit will feature select pieces of Bashaw’s fiber and mixed media art she terms as “shibui,” a Japanese term meaning “understated elegance” and influenced by the Japanese technique of shibori, where white cloth is wrapped around a pole, bound, dyed, sometimes bleached and dyed again. Her current work uses dyes on silk and cotton, and she also print fabrics with rusted metal.
“For many years, I have been fascinated by how fabric accepts dye, what type of binding repels it and the patterns that result,” Bashaw said. “Shibori patterns on cloth produce lovely images reminiscent of shadows in nature, wood grain and water flowing and more. My fiber wall pieces are about landscape and references to weather. Watching storms roll in with clouds moving through profoundly effects my work.”
Bashaw has also created a new series of collages, her “Zen line,” created of paint, mixed media including botanicals, wood veneer and wonderful recycled materials, and found objects. According to Bashaw, these works embrace her aesthetic of quiet, meditative work, meant to encourage and remind the viewer to sit and relax, unwind and retreat from the hectic world.
Bashaw, a resident of Grandview, Mo., has 30 years of experience developing unique, one-of-a-kind works created by dyeing natural fabrics including silks, cottons and linens. She also creates wall pieces of resist-dyed silk fabrics, sewn/pieced together and stretched over a frame. Inspired by geology, geography and the weather, her pieces often are like regional landscapes.
Admission to the Campanella Gallery, located within the University’s Norrington Center on the Parkville Campus, is free. Building hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m.
For more information on the exhibit, contact Andrea Lee, Ph.D., director of the Campanella Gallery and assistant professor of art, design and interdisciplinary studies, at email@example.com.