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The Center For The Arts Presents Off The Wall

This exhibit has been postponed.
We are working with the artists to reschedule

The Granucci Gallery

314 W. Main St. Grass Valley, CA

  • Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat, Noon – 5:00 PM
  • Opening Reception: Thu, July 2, 5 – 7 PM
  • Third Thursday: July 16, 5 – 7 PM
  • Receptions are held in the Lynn & Camille Kerby Lobby and the Granucci Gallery.

Off the Wall:

A contemporary fiber arts exhibition with multiple artists featuring work that is three-dimensional, free-form, and utilizes fiber-based material: cloth, paper, wood, etc. Curated by Brynn Farwell and Lin Schiffner, the purpose of this exhibition is to break free of the rectangular, two-dimensional confines of wall-based work.


Contributing Artists

Beth Leydon

Since childhood, Beth has been a maker and creator. In 2011 she was exposed to a simple felting technique and dove headlong into this ancient and ever evolving textile art form. She crafts one-of-a-kind pieces utilizing wet and “nuno” felting processes. Wool, yarn, silk and other fibers are transformed into functional and wearable art. Scarves, hats, slippers, vests, purses and decorative vessels are just a handful of items that she produces. She enjoys experimenting with hand dyeing and hunting thrift stores for garments to be repurposed. Locally sourced materials are utilized whenever possible. She offers classes and workshops at her home studio as well as community maker spaces.

Beth Leydon | website

Jennifer Landau

Jennifer Landau’s passion for art, fiber and the mountains has been with her since childhood. Jen is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, with the Sierra Nevada and France as places of family, exploration, retreat, and inspiration. With an academic background in organizational development, Jennifer is a pioneer of the profession, graphic facilitation, where visual thinking is used with teams and organizations. In Jen’s fiber art, handspun wool, “knit felt” and machine felting are signature materials. Increasingly Jennifer is becoming known for her 3D and freestanding art quilt work. Abstract themes draw on her background in graphic design, while landscapes reflect her love of both outdoor and urban life. Her art quilts have been
shown in local art events as well as regional and global SAQA exhibitions. Art Quilting Studio magazine has featured her work since 2013, and she enjoys speaking about the use of wool in her artwork. She sells her fiber work and demonstrates spinning at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair in the San Francisco area. Her work can be seen online at ruedoak.com and hammondhandspun.com

Sandra Poteet

Transitioning between the painted fabric work and other fiber manipulations renews my energy. My art continues to evolve, there are no rules and I exercise the right to try anything new. All doors are open, I can go through.

The choice of cloth as medium sometimes sets me in the midst of the never ending argument about what is art, and what is craft. So many opinions. I am clear that my work is art, but I can resolve to say that if the viewer also decides my work is “Art”, it is well-crafted. If chosen to be seen as “Craft” pieces, they are artful, designed and executed by me to provoke an aesthetic or emotional response. If an original work has integrity and can touch someone’s sensibilities – is the distinction critical?

Sandra Poteet | website

Susan Elsa

Susan Elsa | website

Valerie Messervy Birkhoff

Valerie Messervy Birkhoff graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Arts and Letters. Her work includes clay sculpture, hand-sewn-beaded-wire sculptures, oil/acrylic painting, and mixed media. Her work has been shown from Marin to Joshua Tree and several places in-between. Her awards include the following: Best of Show, for her beaded sculpture, “In Her Hands” at Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and her clay pieces “Sweating Dirt” and “Human Interaction” have also received a Best of Show there as well; First place award for 3D for her clay sculpture “Preasevare” with the Joshua Tree National Park Art Council Show, where she has participated since 2014 and received a Second Place Award in 2015 for her beaded sculpture “Ouch!.” Her clay sculpture “Unveiled Hero” received 3rd Place, a Bold Award for her clay sculpture “Words Hurt,” and her oil painting “Humour” was given an Award of Excellence, in Sacramento. She was included in the 30th Annual Clay Competition in Davis in 2019. She is an instructor of expressive clay sculpture in Auburn at JCLee Studios.

Valerie Messervy Birkhoff | website


Faye Schoolcraft

Faye Schoolcraft was born in Chicago, Illinois, to artist parents, Freeman and Cora Schoolcraft . The family moved to Georgia in 1965. While in the South, she worked for the South Carolina Arts Commission Mobile Arts Program, teaching workshops in rural communities. She migrated to San Francisco, California in 1981 and did post-graduate work at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Fiberworks of Berkeley, a branch of John F. Kennedy University. She currently resides in Nevada City, California and teaches ceramics and fiber arts at Sierra College. She has exhibited nationally, most notably: Crocker Museum Art Auction, Sacramento, B.N.S.A . Crocker Museum, Sacramento, J.Paul Getty Villa Museum Store, Sculptural Object Fine Art ( S.O.F.A) Chicago, National Fiber Directions in Wichita, Kansas, Small Wonders in New York, New York, Art Santa Fe, Burning Man , Black Rock Desert, Nevada, Feats of Clay in Lincoln, California, The Los Angeles Art Show.

Faye Schoolcraft | website