February 23, 2022, Closing Date for “In Deep Water” Exhibition in Sonoma, CA

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February 23, 2022, will be the last day to see “In Deep Water” at Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, CA.  The Sonoma Community Center webpage about this project gives all the details:  https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/event/in-deep-water-endangered/

This installation is a collaborative eco art installation art using hand papermaking and printmaking by artists Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback, focused on the current climate crisis and water.  A new configuration of the “In Deep Water” collaborative project will be shown at Gallery Route One Project Space, Point Reyes Station, CA, Nov. 19 – Dec. 26, 2022. The artists plan to continue this project and show it at other venues around the world in 2022-2023.

This unexpected opportunity to show “In Deep Water” at the Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, CA, was supported in part by an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and we are very happy to have been able to install our work in this beautiful light-filled gallery for longer than the two weeks originally planned, but now another exhibition is coming, and we will take this work down on Feb. 24. 
Please let me know if you want photos or more information about this work.  Public viewing in the Gallery is okay with masks, social distancing and groups of no more than 4 people during regular hours, M-F, 10am to 4 pm.   Just let me know too if you would like to meet me there before the show closes on Feb. 23.
Thanks to Jill Valavanis, Curator and Fine Arts Manager at Sonoma Community Center and to Timothy S. Allen for the photographs of the installation. See more of Tim’s photos at https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com

Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback, viewing their installation of “In Deep Water” at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Jan. 15 – Feb. 23, 2022
detail of “In Deep Water” installation by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Jan. 15 – Feb. 23, 2022

More Photos of “In Deep Water” installed at Sonoma Community Center Gallery & Invitation to Zoom Program Sat. Jan. 22, Demonstrations of Papermaking and Printmaking and How We Created this collaborative work.

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The installation of “In Deep Water” in the beautiful gallery space at Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma, CA, is now open for viewing. “In Deep Water” is a collaborative art project by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback focused on water and the climate crisis. The artwork will be on exhibition at Sonoma Community center Gallery until Jan. 30, 2022, Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and visitors can go see it without an appointment if they come in groups of no more than 4 people, wear masks, maintain social distancing and have proof of vaccination with them. Email Jane at info@janeingramallen if you would like to have a tour of the gallery with the artists.

You are also invited to a Zoom program next Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2pm Pacific Time for demonstrations of papermaking and printmaking to learn more about how this work was made and see the processes used in its creation. Go to this webpage for a direct link to this Saturday’s Zoom Program: https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/in-deep-water-endangered/

You can now watch the Zoom program for the Artists Talks online by going to the webpage of Sonoma Community Center: https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/in-deep-water-endangered/

The Zoom program “Artists Demonstrations” will also be recorded and put up on the webpage of Sonoma Community Center at the same link: https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/in-deep-water-endangered/

Thanks again to Jill Valavanis, Fine Arts Manager at Sonoma Community Center for all her help with this exhibition. The Sonoma Community Center exhibition of “In Deep Water” is supported in part by an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

“In Deep Water” from right side.
In Deep Water from left side.
In Deep Water with Jane walking behind it.
Detail of In Deep Water showing light coming through the work
Detail of In Deep Water showing some of the panels attached to the floor platforms.
Detail of In Deep Water from the other side.
In Deep Water (view of whole installation) This installation at Sonoma Community Center is approx. 14 feet high, 24 feet wide and 8 feet deep, and this work can be installed in many different ways in different spaces.

These photographs of the installation “In Deep Water” by artists Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback were taken by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com). Check here for more photos of the demonstration session that will be posted after next Saturday’s Zoom program.

“In Deep Water” Exhibition of Work by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback Now Open by Appointment or see it virtually!

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“In Deep Water” a collaborative art installation about water and our climate crisis, utilizing printmaking and papermaking by artists Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback is now on view at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Sonoma, California, for scheduled private tours with the artists. Contact Jane by email at info@janeingramallen.com to set up a time to view the work in person before it closes on January 29, 2022.

The Zoom programs for the Artists Talks on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 2pm and the Artists Demonstrations, Jan. 22 at 2pm are open for all and will be recorded for later viewing. See the website of Sonoma Community Center at https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/event/in-deep-water-endangered/?instance_id=6574

for updated information and the links to the Zoom meetings and recorded programs.

The Sonoma Community Center exhibition of the “In Deep Water” project by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback is supported in part by an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. The whole installation measures about 24 feet wide, 16 feet high and 8 feet deep, and it is made up of 12 panels, each about 2 feet wide and 14 feet long of handmade paper with printmaking on the papers joined by natural threads so it all folds up for easy transportation, and it can be very different at each place where it is installed. Jane and Jami plan to continue adding to this project and exhibiting it around the world. You can walk behind this installation and view the work from the other side too! This photo shows the completed installation of “In Deep Water” at Sonoma Community Center Gallery. Photo is by Timothy S. Allen, https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com

Other photos of the installation will also be posted on this Blog in a few days.

Due to Covid, Exhibition in Sonoma, CA is now virtual only and activities are on Zoom

Yes, the opening and gallery visits are currently on hold and everything will be virtual for the exhibition Jan. 15 – Jan. 30, 2022, of “In Deep Water” a collaborative art project by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback.  Check the website for Sonoma Community Center under Events to see what the latest news is.  We are having activities online via Zoom for both the Artists Talks on this Sat. at 2pm, and the Demonstration Session is now on Sat. Jan. 22 at 2pm via Zoom too. 

Anyway, we are so glad to get to put up this installation in the Sonoma Community Center Gallery, a great space with high ceilings and lots of natural light.  We will post lots of photos, and you should contact Jane via email at info@janeingramallen to arrange a private in-person tour if you are able to visit the gallery during the next two weeks. Looking forward to seeing you online!

Here is a photo taken yesterday by Timothy S. Allen of the installation going up.  We are hoisting the 12 panels panels up like sails!

Installation Going Up on Jan. 12, 2022, of “In Deep Water” at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Sonoma, CA, photo by Timothy S. Allen

“In Deep Water” Exhibition at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Sonoma, CA, January 15-31, 2022

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The exhibition of a collaborative art project titled “In Deep Water” by artists Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback opens on Saturday, January 15, at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Sonoma, CA.  The project is focused on the current climate crisis and water and makes use of Jane’s handmade paper skills and Jami’s printmaking expertise to create a multi-media multi-part large-scale installation combining printmaking and hand papermaking.  The work will be installed from Jan 15 to Jan. 31 at the Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Sonoma, CA. All the details are on the Sonoma Community Center website now at this link: https://sonomacommunitycenter.org/in-deep-water-endangered/

The opening reception for the “In Deep Water” exhibition which also includes works by Paul Ford will be on January 15, 1-4pm at the Sonoma Community Center Gallery. The Artists Talks will be live and also via Zoom on Sat. Jan. 15 at 2 pm.

Topic: Artist talk: In Deep Water (Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback) and Endangered (Paul Ford)
Time: Jan 15, 2022 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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This exhibition of “In Deep Water” is supported in part by an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. The project will expand and continue in 2022 and 2023 with exhibitions at other venues.
Here is a preliminary photo of some of the work in this project, and more photos will be posted soon after all of the 12 panels are installed later this week in the gallery.

“In Deep Water” installation detail by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback, photo by Timothy S. Allen

There will also be a Demonstration of papermaking and printmaking on Sunday, January 23, at 2 pm in the Sonoma Community Center Print Studio. Come see how the processes the artists used to make this collaborative art project using a variety of hand papermaking and printmaking techniques.

For the opening reception and Artists Talks on Jan. 16 and the Demonstrations on Jan. 26, all Covid protocols will be followed with masks and social distancing and limited numbers allowed in the gallery. Contact Jane by email at info@janeingramallen.com for more information.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2022

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View of “In Deep Water” installation by Jane Ingram Allen and Jami Taback, in progress on Nov. 19, 2021

I am happy to report the receipt of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to help support the exhibition of “In Deep Water” at Sonoma Community Center Gallery, Sonoma, California, January 15 to 31, 2022. This collaborative project with printmaking artist Jami Taback results in a mixed-media multi-part installation combining hand papermaking and printmaking and about the climate crisis and water. This grant is for the unexpected opportunity to exhibit this work at the Sonoma Community Center Gallery for two weeks in January 2022. We have also been selected to exhibit this project at Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA, in Nov. – Dec. 2022, and we will continue working to expand the installation creating more panels to make site-specific installations in multiple venues. We hope to exhibit this work at other places in the US and internationally in 2022 and 2023. The grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is a great holiday gift! And we are so thankful to be able to do this in-person exhibition at a great gallery space. We are planning a gallery talk and opening at Sonoma Community Center the weekend of January 15-16, 2022, so watch for an update in early January to set the date and time for these events. Joy and Peace to all in 2022.

“Living Quilt for Steckborn” still blooming in Switzerland

Yesterday I received email from Haus zur Glocke art center in Steckborn, Switzerland, to report that my “living quilt” installed there on the shores of Lake Constance in Switzerland on April 26, 2021, is still blooming, even in November! Haus zur Glocke plans to leave the installation in place over the winter and hope for the wildflowers to return in the spring. It’s wonderful to have this documentation of the continuing transformation of my “living quilts” that are created with handmade paper and wildflowers seeds. Here’s the photo taken by a Steckborn viewer on November 21, 2021.

Updates on Art Activities, Fall 2021

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Updates on Art Activities from Jane Ingram Allen

Papermking Workshops 

Intro. to Papermaking Workshop on 10/2/21

Introduction to Papermaking workshop on Saturday, Oct. 2, 10AM to 4pm.  This class was a great group, and here is a photo from the outdoor papermaking workshop.   I will offer more papermaking classes at my Santa Rosa studio in the Fall and Winter.  Send email if you want information about future papermaking workshops. 

Fall 2021 Exhibitions

Gallery Route One Project Space, “WEAD Extraction Exhibition”, Point Reyes Station, CA, opened Sept. 18 and continues to Oct. 24, 2021,  The virtual opening via Zoom was on Sept. 18, and another Zoom program with artists talks about the exhibition was on Sept. 30.  For information about this exhibition see www.galleryrouteone.org and www.weadartistslorg

My work in this show is a site-specific installation titled “Point Reyes Waterways”: https://www.weadartists.org/upcoming-events

Point Reyes Waterways, 9 feet x 6 feet wall installation

I will also make a presentation for local high school students through the Gallery Route One Artists in Schools Program, about my work in the ”Extraction” show and its relationship to extraction water issues and the environment.

Change – 2021 International Paper Fibre Biennale, Taiwan Crafts Research Institute, Exhibition Hall, Caotun, Nantou County, Taiwan, opens November 2021 and closes April 2022.  My work in this exhibition is an interactive sculptural work of handmade paper titled “Scrolls” created during the first 99 days of quarantine in California for the Covid 19 pandemic.  For information about this exhibition in Taiwan: https://biennialartpaperfibre.com/2020/09/24/2021-22-edition-of-the-paper-fibre-art-biennial/

Daily Scrolls, 2020, handmade paper and recycled wire grid, 14″ x 14″ x 4″

“Living Quilt for Nestucca”, Nestucca Valley K-8 School, Otis, Oregon, public eco-art installation, created as a visiting artist with the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Summer Youth Program.  This handmade paper quilt with seeds in the pulp to grow and bloom is sited in the school’s garden and will continue to change over time.   Watch for postings in the Spring when wildflowers begin to bloom.  Here is the Sitka Center website for more information about the summer youth 

program:  https://www.sitkacenter.org/blog/summer-youth-arts-announcement

Living Quilt for Nestucca Valley, 2021, 8 feet x 10 feet x 5 feet

This art project was featured in ART NEWS on Sept. 8, 2021:  https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/jane-ingram-allen-living-quilts-1234603170/

Ongoing Public Art Installations

“Living Quilt for Steckborn”, on the shore of Lake Constance in Steckborn, Switzerland, created in April 2021, in cooperation with Haus zur Glocke Art Center, Steckborn, Switzerland, www.hauszurglocke.ch

Living Quilt for Steckborn, installed in April 2021 in Steckborn, Switzerland
Living Quilt for Steckborn in September 2021, showing blooming wildflowers

“Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth”, Sojourner Truth Park and Community Garden, Sacramento, CA, created as an Artist in Residence for the City of Sacramento Office of Arts & Culture, installed in November 2020 and continuing to change over time.  Here is a link for information about the City of Sacramento program:  https://arts.cityofsacramento.org/Programs/Sacramento-AIR

Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth installed in Nov. 2020
Living Quilt for Sojourner Truth, Sacramento, CA, in June 2021

“Living Quilt for Santa Rosa”, Rincon Ridge Park, Santa Rosa, CA, created in Nov. 2018 with grant from City of Santa Rosa, and continuing to change over time.

“Guns Into Flowers”, South Natomas Community Center Park, Sacramento, CA, created in March 2019 with students at Natomas Charter School of the Arts, and continuing to change over time.
Guns Into Flowers living quilt in June 2021
Making Blue handmade paper in my Santa Rosa studio for “In Deep Water” project, Oct. 2021

Upcoming Art Project , “In Deep Water”, a collaborative ecoart project with printmaker Jami Taback.  This project will explore combining papermaking and printmaking to create a multi-part large scale installation focused on the climate crisis and water.  Jami and I are seeking grants and exhibition spaces for exhibitions of the work created during this collaboration and hope to travel the work internationally in 2022 and 2023.  Follow my Blog at https://janeingramallen.wordpress.com for updates and other art activities.

New Wall Installation Up Now in Point Reyes Station, CA

My new art installation titled “Point Reyes Waterways” is up now at Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA. This wall installation of handmade paper and thread is part of the Women Eco Artists Dialog (www.weadartists.org) Extraction Exhibition in the Project Space at Gallery Route One, a non-profit exhibition space with a focus on works connected to the environment. This show is organized by WEAD and part of the huge multi-country, multi-gallery project called Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss (https://www.extractionart.org/home).

“Point Reyes Waterways” focuses on Extraction and Water.  Extraction is a problem because of how we extract what we extract and how much we take without nature being able to replenish it.  We almost have to extract something to make anything and to live.  My focus is on over-extraction of water, a necessary element for life.  Over-use and extraction of underground water causes land subsidence.  Global warming and climate change are causing droughts, flooding, rising sea levels and other catastrophic events involving water.  This site-specific wall installation of handmade paper, cotton thread and seeds for blue wildflowers highlights the waterways of Point Reyes, and by leaving the land as negative space makes us more aware of the water. 

detail of “Point Reyes Waterways” 2021 at Extraction Exhibition, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA
“Point Reyes Waterways”, 9 feet x 6 feet wall installation of handmade paper, dye, thread, seeds for blue wildflowers

This work and the “Extraction” exhibition will be on view in Pt. Reyes Station at Gallery Route One Project Space, September 18 to October 24, 2021. For more information about gallery hours and the public programs for this exhibition: https://galleryrouteone.org/exhibits/upcoming/

My “Living Quilts” are featured today in ART NEWS

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I am happy to announce that my “Living Quilts” are featured in today’s ART NEWS publication. Art writer Julia Travers contacted me recently about writing a feature for ART NEWS about my outdoor public art installations “Living Quilts” that make use of handmade paper with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp to grow and change over time into living blooming artworks. This article talks mainly about my most recent living quilt made in the Summer Youth Art Program of Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon (www.sitkacenter.org)

Installing the “Living Quilt for Nestucca” on August 12, 2021, at Nestucca K-12 School Garden, Cloverdale, OR

This ART NEWS article also mentions other Living Quilts I have done in Santa Rosa, CA, with the City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program in 2018, and in 2019 in Newnan, Georgia, with the Newnan Art Rez program. 

The photos for the Art News article are all by my husband Timothy S. Allen https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com

Here is the link to the ART NEWS article: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/artists/jane-ingram-allen-living-quilts-1234603170/