JRB shines spotlight on contemporary crafts 

Contemporary crafts are the focus of May's exhibit at JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N. Walker, beginning with a 6 p.m. reception Friday and ending May 31.

According the show organizers, contemporary crafts utilize traditional techniques "? wood, glass, clay, metal and textiles among them "? to serve a function, but yet double as art.

"I'm intrigued by the notion of craft," said co-curator Charleen Weidell, in a press release. "Its history is woven in and out of cultures and modern art history. We find ourselves today in a quandary over not only the definition of craft and its relationship to fine art, but our identity as artists."

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Hailing from New York is artist Reina Mill Brill, who constructs knitted mesh wire figures. One featured in the exhibition is "Jamari," a colorful green creature that looks like the spawn of Shrek and Satan. Clad in overalls, "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers and a mischievous smile, the kid-like beast clutches an equally bizarre stuffed animal in one of its joint-less arms.

On the more realistic side of things, "Fish Dish" from Massachusetts artist Cynthia Eid is a piece of silver hollowware shaped like and resembling a friendly swimmer of the sea.

For more information, call 528-6336 or visit their site.

 "?Rod Lott

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