In partnership with the City of Novato, the MarinMOCA residency aims to provide
a talented and committed visual artist with a stipend and free studio space at the
Novato Art Center surrounded by 50 other artists as well as MarinMOCA’s galleries,
museum store and classroom. This exciting new program will give a deserving artist
the opportunity to concentrate on making their art while giving the community opportunities
to connect and learn from his/her art practice and knowledge.
Through June 2017 Artists In Residence:
Demetra Theofanous and Dean Bensen
Studio Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11-5pm
Demetra and Dean are glass sculptors that utilize nature as a vehicle to communicate
environmental challenges, and metaphors for the human experience. Their work connects
the viewer with the story of the natural world, and instills an appreciation for
its’ interconnectedness to man, and its’ inherent fragility. Glass is a material
well-suited to convey this fragility that exists. This common thread in their work
will intertwine in a new body of collaborative work, creating wall tapestries from
woven glass. Through repetition of the woven form, they will create works made up
of hundreds of strands of glass.
Says Demetra "The strength or weakness of each strand affects the entire system
and is a metaphor for our interdependence on one another, as well as our environment.
A small change in the system can have far reaching impact that can cause the entire
system to crumble. Our ability to exist peacefully with others, and to protect our
environment’s resources, is a tenuous balance highlighting our interdependence on
others and the earth."
Glass Fusing Workshops on April 1, May 27 and June 17. More information here.