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Contemporary Crafts at Hyde Gallery

January 25, 2016 - March 03, 2016

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Grossmont College Hyde Gallery

Grossmont College's Hyde Gallery is presenting "Contemporary Crafts," a two-person show featuring modern, vibrant quilts by artist and middle-school science teacher Kathy Nida, and the artwork of longtime San Diego sculptor and painter James Watts Jan. 25-March 3. 

A free opening event for the exhibit curated by gallery director Prudence Horne is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, a the gallery.

Nida, whose eclectic quilts have exhibited throughout the country, has been making quilt art for more than 20 years, exploring images of women.

"I dream and those dreams become art," she states on her website "I let memories, good and bad, capitulate with pen and paper; these days, the images translate into the texture of fabric, beads, embroidery, paint, and pen. I trust my subconscious ability to reconcile each object within the whole. In short, I tell stories."

Watts, who was an art teacher at the Museum School and other local youth organizations in San Diego, and ran a co-op for several years in downtown San Diego, has shown at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Museum of Art and other major institutions. He is a self -taught artist, whose sculpture and other art pieces demonstrate a level of craftsmanship and refinement that set them apart from much of the “Raw Art” movement. At the same time James’ concentration on universal themes, bawdy humor, and workman-like production of multiples keep his pieces in the realm of folk art.

"My work is my visual interpretation of ideals,  thoughts or stories I wish to share," he said. "My choice of materials: simple wood, stone and metal  -- primal, everyday material common to all people -- express my visual metaphors. The 'World Savior' piece is a tribute to the slain and missing children in the world, a begrudging celebration of a life lived, 'Don Quixote' was inspired by a line in the book in which Don Quixote tells Sancho Panza that  'one day they will make a sculpture of us.' 'The Big Verse Little' is my visual response to the Tianamen Square incident in which a lone  man stopped a tank, and the blocks are to let the viewer change the story, not the artist."

Hyde Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with the exception of legal holidays. Admission is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available from the vending machine in Parking Lot 1, section F.

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