Contemporary Textiles, Ceramics and Sculpture will be Exhibited by
browngrotta arts at SOFA West Santa Fe 2010 from July 7th to 11th
At SOFA West, browngrotta arts will exhibit work by more than 24 international artists
Wilton, CT (Vocus) July 1, 2010 -- From Wednesday, July 7th to Sunday, July 11th, browngrotta arts will
present 30 works of contemporary art at the Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) West 2010 exposition at
the Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“We are delighted to be participating in SOFA West for the first time,” says Tom Grotta, president of
browngrotta arts. “Santa Fe is a dynamic and culturally rich city where we expect to find a highly receptive
audience for the tapestries, baskets and other works of fiber art that we will exhibit.”
One of the highlights of browngrotta arts’ presentation at SOFA West will be Randy Walker’s Shimmer Frames,
a series of five pieces of vibrant fiber and steel that will grace the exposition entrance. Walker, who studied
architecture, is known for his large-scale commissions using fiber and found objects to explore wrapped and
woven three-dimensional space.
Walker's most recent public artwork, Woven Olla, was unveiled in Santa Fe on June 26th. The City of Santa Fe
Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Public Library and a division of the New Mexico
Department of Cultural Affairs, commissioned Walker in 2008 to create the three-dimensional, suspended steel
and fiber artwork to hang under the main entry of the Southside Branch Library. The sculpture references a
traditional Pueblo water jar, or olla, and marks the entry as a gathering place. The piece is an analogy for the
Library as a container of knowledge, a resource as precious as water.
Another artist whose work will be highlighted by browngrotta arts at SOFA West is Japanese ceramicist
Yasuhisa Kohyama. Kohyama gained widespread attention in Japan in the 60s when he built one of the first
anagama kilns in Japan since medieval times. The Tokyo exhibition of w