217 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Trunk Shows at The Folk Tree with Mother’s Day in Mind April - May, 2012
In the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, The Folk Tree hosts trunk shows for Los Angeles artists Cathy Ashworth, Ulla Anobile, and Bibiana Abello. Visiting the gallery for three consecutive weekends, these artists have created a selection of pieces with a celebration of mother’s in mind. Painter/mixed media artist Cathy Ashworth will be here April 21-22; paper mache/felt artist Ulla Anobile comes April 28-29; and, jewelry designer Bibiana Abello shows her pieces May 5-6. All the artists will be present from 1-5 PM both days, and the public is invited to meet them and find out more about their work.
Self taught artist Cathy Ashworth started painting a long time ago and has been exhibiting for the last fifteen years. She paints images she likes and often leaves the narrative up to the viewer. Her interests include Day of the Dead, Halloween, vivid colors, Mexican architecture, sacred hearts, religious art, latino art and animals, to name a few. She gave up her corporate job four years ago to pursue her creative side and has not looked back since. Cathy will be showing a variety of objects, including small paintings, boxes, and masks.
The paper mache and felt pieces of Ulla Anobile are inspired by such folk art forms as the mask, the doll, the totem and the altar/box, which she reinterprets with personal insights. She also incorporates traditional stitching techniques in her work. Cross-stitching was a popular way to embellish linens and clothing in the folk arts of her native Finland. She learned - though kicking and screaming - embroidery and such skills while attending a classical "gymnasium for girls." Anobile, a former journalist, was born in Helsinki, Finland and has lived in Los Angeles, CA for over 35 years. Her artwork has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States, as well as in England and Finland.
Bibiana Abello creates one of a kind jewelry from semi precious stones that she has gathered from around the world. Each piece is designed to enhance not only the quality of the stones but to accentuate each wearer's uniqueness. Bibi gets her inspiration from the beauty and healing powers of nature and her love of style. Her unusual pieces are carefully designed using her trademark mix of color, texture, design and versatility. Semi precious stones in these one of a kind creations include: Amber, Taguas and Shells from Colombia, Agates from Brazil, Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan, Jaspers from Madagascar. Bibiana is originally from Colombia. She received her MBA in California and has lived in Los Angeles for several years.
The Folk Tree is an art store and gallery, focusing on handmade folk and decorative arts from around the globe, especially those of Mexico. The Folk Tree also periodically shows the work of local artists. It is located at 217 South Fair Oaks Avenue, minutes walking distance from the Gold Line’s Del Mar station, and just south of Old Pasadena. Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. For more information, call 626/795-8733 or 626/793-4828.