On Saturday July 9, 2-3 PM, the Sonoma County Museum will host artist Gertrud Parker in conversation with Peter Selz* (UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Art History and founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum). Following this, attendees will view the exhibition Gertrud Parker: An Artist and Collector, (Admission: $7 non-members / $5 members, seniors, students) click here for more information.
On view through September 11, Gertrud Parker: An Artist and Collecortor, this exhibition focuses on a unique artist. Brought up in Austria, where the hand-craft movements of the Vienna Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte were paramount, Gertrud Parker works in a unique sculptural form of her own, often using gutskin (inspired by native Alaskan and Siberian Folk artists). She and her husband Harold Parker are well known for having “acquired one of the most notable Surrealist and craft art collections in the United States, work that frequently is reflective of Gertrud’s activities as an artist.” Gertrud Parker’s also has close and significant ties to the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She was founder, and Chair of the Board from 1982-1989 and is currently the Honorary Chair.
* Peter Selz: Sketches of a Life in Art is being published in January 2012, by my employer: The University of California Press.