From Nature’s Studio: Textiles by Regina Benson
Art exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens Gates Garden Court Gallery
(exhibit open from Aug. 7 – Oct. 3, 2010)
DENVER—Denver Botanic Gardens is pleased to present an exhibition of textiles by internationally acclaimed Colorado artist, Regina Benson. “From Nature’s Studio: Textiles by Regina Benson” offers nature-inspired fabric works created with natural dyes and discharge methods to achieve powerful hand-dyed effects. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Aug. 12, 5:30-8 p.m.
The Lithuanian-born artist has exhibited her wall hangings and textile sculptures in galleries and museums in The Hague in the Netherlands, San Diego, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. Benson was the recipient of Quilt National’s 2007 “Award of Excellence” and her work has been credited with maintaining artistic integrity, technical innovation and visual excitement. She continues to push the boundaries of contemporary textile art.
Benson’s work emanates from the manipulation of and intentional mark-making on fabric, from silk and cotton to horse-hair and industrial polyesters. Her work frequently starts with a solid piece of black fabric, which she “discharges” (removes the base black dye) with paste or soy wax resists; she then overdyes or rusts the fabric surface many more times with natural dyes to elicit additional images and textures. These initial markings are then oversewn with other textile fragments. She free-motion stitches the work to its finish with hand-dyed threads and incorporates encaustic processes and burning to complete her vision.
“My pieces are very graphic and intricately detailed at the same time. I want the viewer to feel the overall piece at 10-15 feet – and, as the distance gets closer, discover more detail of color and texture to enhance first impressions. I want the viewer to be enveloped, surrounded and drawn inside my work.”
Thursday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $10
From Nature’s Studio Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 18, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee: $35 members, $45 non-members
Experience the art of embossing cloth using leaves and garden debris to create fabrics similar to those on display in Benson’s exhibit.
About Denver Botanic Gardens:
Green inside and out, the Gardens is considered one of the top botanical gardens in the United States and a pioneer in water conservation. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Gardens’ living collections encompass specimens from the tropics to the tundra, showcasing a plant palette chosen to thrive in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. The Gardens’ dynamic, 23-acre urban oasis in the heart of the city is now in its 51st year, offering unforgettable opportunities to flourish with unique garden experiences for the whole family – as well as world-class education and plant conservation research programs. Additional sites at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Jefferson County; and Mount Goliath, a high-altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, extend this experience throughout the Front Range. For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens.org