The Rare Bird: ‘A Twist on Tradition’

by admin on January 30, 2013

April 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Rare Bird
3883 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

Join us for the opening reception of “A Twist on Tradition”, Rare Bird’s Arpil-June show featuring three talented artists: Felicia Gabaldon, Lisa Spayde, and Cassandra Orion!

Opening Reception: Thursday April 20, 6-9pm
Art, music, wine, snacks, community.

Felicia Gabaldon:
“Iconic Visions” are a series of paintings that manifest a nostalgic illustration of the natural beauty of the American southwest; while also re-examining it. These paintings begin to narrate Felicia’s story of her identity as an American Indian of the Choctaw tribe with Spanish heritage. She is influenced by the desert landscape from basic stereotypes and the formulaic constructs of typical representations of the region to utopian visions …and romanticized beliefs. Her paintings represent a distant reverence to self discovery, culture, and history.

Felicia’s work draws from the imagination both a mythical and mystic part of human experience in the natural world. Her work being experienced through a cultural, iconic, and folkloric content expresses the wonders of nature realized through symbols and
tradition. Felicia hopes to suggest that the production of space and human experience influence the formation of individual and communal systems of belief. Felicia is from Santa Fe, NM. She currently resides in Oakland, CA and is a resident artist at Faultline Artspace in Oakland, CA.

Lisa Spayde:
Is a Northern California based fiber artist. Having grown up along the sandy shores of San Diego, she is inspired by her native landscapes of rich golden hills and the ever changing California coast. Lisa uses traditional tapestry techniques, along with foraged and repurposed materials, to create textural woven wall hangings.

Spending much of her life searching for a meaningful creative outlet, Lisa tried her hand at everything from painting to jewelry making and knitting, finally stumbling upon her niche when she took her first weaving class three years ago. The textures she was able to create using a myriad of fibers and color palettes fulfilled her inner need to make. Taking classes from a variety of weavers inspired and influenced Lisa greatly to find her own continuously evolving craft.

Lisa teaches beginning weaving classes in Northern California.

Cassandra Orion:
Bay Area artist, Cassandra Orion, introduces her latest work of contemporary quilts and multimedia pieces incorporating eternal ideas of nature, spirituality, femininity, and a taste of the occult. She is inspired by traditional textile techniques and meditative working processes. Her practice combines embroidery, quilting, collage, craft, and soft sculpture. Cassandra’s previous work has been shown at galleries in both New York and Los Angeles. Cassandra has a background in creative direction for advertising and has done work for clients such as Disney and Dreamworks.