100+ musings

100 + musings jewellery auction

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. 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. These 3-4 inch wonders will also be available for sale online starting December 2 on our shop website.

Along with the 100+ Musings, Barbara has donated 27 pieces of jewellery to be auctioned off. Each of these stunning pieces are from her private collection. Her intent in donating these works of art is to help CCBC to raise critical funds for our programming that supports the practice of material-based artists across BC.

Our aim is to raise $5,000 – so have some fun bidding on these exquisite pieces. Couldn’t get the piece you wanted but still want to help?

Please feel free to donate and receive a charitable tax receipt.