The 28th Annual Miniatures Show, Glimpses, will open on Friday, November 7 with special events planned to coincide with Stormy Weather Arts Festival. The featured artists for the show are basket makers Donna Sakamoto Crispin, and Kathleen Kanas. In addition, the Miniatures Show is a juried exhibition that features artwork in all media created by artists from across the Northwest. This year’s guest curator is Jennifer Zika of the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery.
On Friday night, the CBAA will kick off the Stormy Weather Arts Festival with a Collectors Preview Party from 6-8 pm with guest curator Zika and artist Donna Sakamoto-Crispin. This is a great opportunity for serious buyers to come in and see the show at the beginning of this busy arts festival weekend.
On Saturday night, there will be an open Artist’s Reception from 5-8 pm with artists from the Miniatures Show and Zika in attendance.
Featured artist, Donna Sakamoto Crispin, is known for her work both in natural materials and using wire to crochet vessels. Since 1986, Donna Sakamoto Crispin has been creating contemporary baskets that incorporate Pacific Northwest indigenous techniques, Japanese aesthetics, and materials and inspiration from the natural world. Her work ranges from baskets of handmade paper and cedar bark to life-size figures woven from willow branches. To master traditional techniques, Sakamoto Crispin attends workshops by Japanese and aboriginal instructors. “The influence from other cultures isn’t something I take lightly,” says Sakamoto Crispin, a third-generation Japanese American. “I try to be respectful.”
Sakamoto Crispin hand-gathers about 80 percent of her basketry materials. She grows several willow species in her garden for the twigs, and she harvests leaves from daylily and iris plants. Weaving materials fill two bedrooms of her Eugene, Oregon, home.
Jennifer Zika is the current Director at the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, where she has served in that position since the fall of 2000.
Jennifer Zika hard at work.
As director, Zika is a liason for Oregon artists, clientele, and a staff of approximately 100 volunteers who help operate the gallery and greet the public. The gallery showcases some 250 artists and presents 3 large shows each year, in addition to various events to educate the patrons and volunteers about the artists’ work.
Prior to moving to Oregon, Jennifer worked as a manager and district manager for The Limited Inc. in San Francisco, New York city, and for a short while in Portland. She was a volunteer for SFMOMA in the photography department for several years when she resided in San Francisco, working on various projects to help organize components of their photography collection.
There is more information for artists interested in participating in the Glimpses show on the Juried Show Program page of our website.
Cannon Beach artist, Elizabeth Pattison, at the Jeweler’s Showcase last year.
There will be a Jeweler’s Showcase all day Sunday featuring Cannon Beach jewelry designers and their one of a kind creations.