Sonoma Valley Museum of Art unveils two new exhibits

Opening Friday, March 18 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (CA, USA) is new exhibit titled “Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Sculpture,” which explores the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-20th century.

Also opening this weekend is “Thomas Ingmire: Contemporary Calligraphy.” This show, curated by guest curator Kate Eilertsen, follows the evolution of renowned calligrapher Ingmire and his calligraphic process. According to SVMA, the exhibit provides a look inside the world of contemporary calligraphy through Ingmire’s books, prints, poetry sheets and sketchbooks.

There is a member’s reception for the two shows at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18. The shows run until June 12.

Well known in the calligraphy world, Thomas Ingmire is considered one of the most prominent practitioners of the style working today, according to Eilertsen. For many years, he has collaborated with writers and artists in the production of artists’ books and calligraphic sheets that combine his calligraphy with original works of art.

Since the early 1980s, Ingmire has collaborated with Sonoma-based artist Joseph Goldyne to create books and sheets of calligraphy with prints. With Manuel Neri, he has produced a series of artists’ books that combine his calligraphy of poems by Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda with original drawings by Neri. He also recently collaborated on artists’ books that pair drawings by Oliver Lee Jackson with poetry by Quincy Troupe. Selections of these works as well as calligraphy study sheets will be on display.

Through his books, calligraphic sheets with prints, poetry sheets, sketchbooks and more, says Eilertsen, the Ingmire exhibit will delve deep into the artist’s creative process, exploring his evolution as an artist and calligrapher.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art unveils two new exhibits Sonoma Valley Museum of Art unveils two new exhibits