craft council of bc gallery
December 2, 2021
CCBC shop & gallery
1386 cartwright st, granville island
vancouver, bc, v6h3r8
$10 ticket or at the door
100+ Musings is the result of one artist’s question to herself. In the winter of 2020, after the world had changed before our eyes, jewelry artist and curator Barbara Cohen asked herself “How can I do good with my work?”
Barbara Cohen has been a long-time member and supporter of CCBC, joining in 1979 after moving to Vancouver from Montreal. She has exhibited, served as juror and curated exhibitions for the Craft Council. In 1999, a display of seven pieces of her then relatively new work launched Cohen’s career as a jewelry artist. According to Barbara, the exposure from that small display at the craft council led to gallery shows across Canada and the US.
Twenty-two years later, Cohen is still an invaluable asset to the craft council. When she approached us with an idea for a fundraiser at the beginning of summer 2021, we jumped at the opportunity to have our gallery once again house her creative work. Over the course of her lengthy career, Barbara has amassed a great collection of materials. From the remains of bicycle tires, cocoons, cement tiles, fossils and more the artist has created 100+ ‘musings’ which she has donated to the CCBC. These small scale – sculptural wall hangings are intended to be unexpected surprises among more obvious decorative elements in one’s home. Designed in Barbara’s signature quirky and eclectic, the musings will be on view and for purchase in December 2021 at the Craft Council of BC shop and gallery.
Join us for an evening of celebrating stories, surprise and generosity. Enjoy light snacks and drinks, music and memories at the opening and fundraising event – 100+ Musings, where over one hundred detailed artworks made and donated by Barbara Cohen will be for sale.
All ticketholders are eligible for 2 doorprizes during the event!
Doors open: 7 pm
Speakers: 7:40 pm
Doorprizes: 8:00 and 8:30 pm
about Barbara Cohen
Montreal born artist Barbara Cohen attended Sheridan College School of Design in Ontario where she majored in textiles. In 1979 she moved to Vancouver and eventually transitioned to focus on body ornament. Creating jewelry offered an intimacy and commitment to refinement that spoke to her sensibilities. Using materials out of context is a consistent aspect of her work. She has been widely exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, won awards and is included in the permanent collection in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.