Art Alliance is a volunteer organization whose members plan, support and participate in activities that benefit the Riverside Art Museum and contribute to its operating budget.

 FEATURED ARTIST

AT THE BLUE DOOR MUSEUM STORE

ELLEN FINAN

The museum store this month features some of the gorgeous weavings of fiber artist, Ellen Finan. Born and raised in rural New England, Ellen first came to California as a student and later taught literature and world history.  Ellen now dedicates all of her time to her artistic pursuits. She has a Saori studio in Desert Hot Springs --- one of four on the West Coast that is linked to Saorinomori  ( Saori Forest) in Osaka, Japan.  Some of her innovative, beautiful work is currently showing at La Quinta Museum in “Tell Me a Story” an exhibition of 95 Women artists, through April 30, 2017.  Last April, Ellen partnered with photographer Heather Sprague in a two person show, “Meditations” at the 29 Palms Art Gallery, CA.

Ellen has long been a supporter of RAM, exhibiting in museum member shows, and has generously donated her time and art to Art Alliance fundraisers.

 

Recalling her artistic journey Ellen writes:

 

People often ask me if I saw myself as a fiber artist ten years ago.  I say no; however, I have always had an interest in weaving and textiles.  In the 1970s I wove field flowers and rushes onto simple wooden frames and dyed yarns with dandelions.  I would crochet afghans and embroider blouses and purses for friends. But my interest certainly did not encompass the serious study and making of cloth that I began ten years ago under the direction of Mihoko Wakabayashi at Saori Worcester in 2007.

 

Saori introduced me to an aesthetic that guides my vision, a set of principles that focus my efforts and a skill that enables me to create. The art of Saori cultivates a lack of intention: in other words, one weaves without pre-planned drafts as one would in more traditional weaving. In this way the weaver is free to embrace serendipity --- those moments of inspiration  --- by being in the moment.  Each item cannot be replicated.  It is what it is, embracing its one of a kind nature.  Irregular selvages constitute an opportunity to move past the boundary of cloth; the different textures and yarn add dimension; color creates interest; design evolves. Such is the basis for Saori weaving.

 

Take the opportunity to enjoy and perhaps purchase one of Ellen’s original weavings this month at the Blue Door Museum Store.

 

 

 

 

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