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Loom & Lathe 

When: March 16-April 13 2008
p>Fiber artist Kay Sekimachi and wood turner Bob Stocksdale are eminent figures to crafts connoisseurs, but less familiar to the general public. Eighty of their works, most borrowed from private collections, are displayed for the first time together at this Berkeley Art Center double retrospective show organized by former BAC director Robbin Henderson. Both Berkeley artists discovered their métier while interned during World War II -- she as a nisei, he as a Conscientious Objector -- and became prominent personalities in the burgeoning local art scene of the 1950s, marrying in 1970. Strong independent bodies of work -- her elegant, innovative textiles, vessels, and books; his polished, organically shaped wooden bowls fashioned of exotic woods -- emerged from their long partnership. Stocksdale died in 2003; Sekimachi, honored by her peers, continues to work. A catalogue is available; book signing by Sekimachi on April 13. Through April 27 at Berkeley Art Center (1275 Walnut St., Berkeley). BerkeleyArtCenter.org or 510-644-6893.


— DeWitt Cheng

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