Functional Art: The Wine Country Home

March 5 — April 19, 2014

Functional Art: The Wine Country Home
Functional Art: The Wine Country Home is a national juried exhibit, with artworks selected by juror Curtis Steiner.  The concept for this exhibit was developed to show how art is reflected in items we use everyday.  A national call for artists was sent out through an online system called callforentry.org.  115 works were submitted and 43 works were selected for the final exhibition.

The Larson Gallery held its first national biennial Art to Wear juried exhibition, started by gallery director Carol Hassen in 1990. Twenty years later, as new director, Cheryl H. Hahn in 2010 implemented the new title Nature by Design: New Directions in Fiber & Jewelry. It was modified in 2012 to Adorn the Form: New Directions in Fiber & Jewelry – but the exhibitions still only accepted wearable art entries. 

This year’s show broadens its focus as Functional Art: The Wine Country Home, giving more artists in different media the opportunity to participate. The online call to artists welcomed aesthetic objects that serve a utilitarian purpose in the ‘Wine Country Home’ as a broad organizational theme. Clothing, textiles, jewelry, tableware, tools, fixtures, and furniture in a variety of media were encouraged.

Curtis Steiner
Curtis Steiner, owner of the eclectic gift shop Souvenir in the Ballard area of Seattle, was given the task of jurying the show. Steiner, known as “artist and entrepreneur,” was featured in the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest and Seattle Homes and Lifestyles magazines. Steiner’s “1,000 blocks” is in the Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection and currently on display.

Steiner narrowed down the 115 entries to 43. The accepted artists are from Ohio, New York Washington, Georgia, New Mexico, California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and New York.  The show will open with a reception on March 7 and continue through April 19.