100+ musings

100+ musings

barbara cohen

available online: december 2 - december 16, 2021

opening: 7:00p, december 2
ccbc shop & gallery

thank you!

A big thanks to everyone who participated in our fall fundraiser, 100+ musings. Thank you for your purchases and donations during this giving season – your contribution helps us continue building programming that supports craft artists in the BC craft sector. 

We would also like to thank Barbara Cohen for her generosity in donating over 100 pieces of work, as well as a selection of her jewellery work. 

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 door prizes during the event!

  • Doors open: 7 pm

  • Speakers: 7:40 pm

  • Door prizes: 8:00 and 8:30 pm

View the gallery below of musings in advance and plan your purchase! 
Along with these 100+ musings Barbara has donate 27 exquisite pieces of jewellery from her personal collection. These pieces can be viewed in the CCBC gallery and bid on through our auction website.


gallery of musings

Take a closer look at the 100+ musings that will be on display at the gallery. Each 3-to-4-inch musing will be for sale for $38 and all the proceeds will go to funding CCBC programming to support the craft sector in BC. 

Sales will start at the opening reception on December 2, 2021 and online from 9pm on December 2 – 16, 2021. 

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.