Downtown Red Bluff. Photo by Anne Whiteman.
Today is the art exhibit opening for Phyllis Wathen, an 89-year-old woman who is still actively working on her art. The exhibit is at The Big Picture, an art gallery in Red Bluff, California. Gallery owner Dianne Rabalais says that she’s been following the artist for several years and is impressed not only with her art but also with her constant quest to continue expanding her own artistic knowledge and experience.
I don’t know for sure if this art opening features any of Wathen’s crochet work but I do know that she’s a crochet artist among many other types of art that she does. The paints with both water colors and oil paints. She sculpts. She draws with colored pencils. And she enjoys lots of needlecrafts and fiber arts including not just crochet but also knitting, counted cross stitch, quilting and embroidery. Sometimes these crafts are combined together. For example, Wathen once did a diorama of the work of a sheep shearer, a piece of art that combines her love of yarn arts with her sculpture experience. The exhibit features a collection of her work representative of many different styles. It runs through April 5th and I hope to make it there to see it. If I do, I’ll let you know for sure whether or not there is any crochet work featured!
There are a lot of amazing old women doing cool things with crochet. For example, did you see my recent crochet post about the woman who was still doing intricate crochet work after her 100th birthday?!