The Quicksilver Mine Co.
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VISION TO FORM
Don de Vivieros & Hugh Wiley
July 10—August 16, 2009
A rare exhibition combining mixed media sculpture, fine craft, paintings and drawings by fellow artists Don de Vivieros and Hugh Wiley opens at Quicksilver on July 10th.
Wiley and de Vivieros, who both taught at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, also lived as neighbors in Willits for many years. This Exhibition brings them together once again, each man’s individual work transforming their art experience from Vision to Form.
Hugh Wiley, born in Indiana in 1922 and now living in Willits, has been an artist, sculptor, and teacher his entire lifetime. His current work centers around concrete relief sculpture on wall panels, as well as paintings, drawings and other mixed-media three-dimensional works.
Past solo exhibitions include the Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico, D.F.; Dubin Galleries in Philadelphia; Ball State University; and Bertha Schaefer Gallery in New York City; his work has also been included in many national and regional group shows including exhibitions at the Crocker Museum, the Oakland Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and the Grace Hudson Museum.
Don de Vivieros received his MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1969 and continued teaching there until 1989, when he left to pursue his own artistic career. Also a professional bowyer since the 1950’s, de Vivieros work spans and merges a contemporary vision of art and craft: he paints, draws, makes sculpture and does fine hand carving, leather work and clothing.
For this exhibition at Quicksilver, de Vivieros has returned to his early work as a bowyer, focusing on art and archery and using his knowledge and the aesthetic of form and function to inform the primary craft of the archer.
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An Artist Reception for de Vivieros and Wiley will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 4—6pm.