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43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition Continues

View of 43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition
Photo courtesy of Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ

The 43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition continues to be on display at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Mesa, Arizona through April 24, 2022. Thirty-six artists from 15 different states have 45 artworks from various fine craft media on display. From textile work, tapestries, jewelry to woodworking and glass, there is a wide range of artwork to view.

The photo above shows my artwork, Leaf Stack #22, on the farthest wall toward the right. I like how my artwork interacts with the other textile pieces on the walls with the greens and yellows echoing each other. In addition, the painted wall color also complements the colors in the artwork. These photos were provided by the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum. In addition, a digital catalog of all the works is available on the museum’s website.

Photo courtesy of Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ

This beautifully curated 43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition contains works chosen by the juror, Beth McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator of Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. She writes in her juror statement:

“There is an immediacy to craft, an emotionality in objects

made with materials that are both tactile and familiar.

With their functional roots, these artful expressions often

conjure associations to items that sustain us throughout our lives.

One might even say that the sharing of space with craft

evokes feelings like no other medium can . . . .”

Photo courtesy of Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ
Photo courtesy of Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ

In conclusion, I agree with McLaughlin that there is nothing like seeing artworks in person, especially these textural tactile pieces. Therefore, I hope you have a chance to enjoy this exhibition, or another art exhibition sometime in the near future.