100+ musings is the result of one artist’s question to herself. In the winter of 2020, after the world had changed before our eyes, jewelry artist and curator Barbara Cohen asked herself “How can I do good with my work?”
Barbara Cohen has been a long-time member and supporter of CCBC, joining in 1979 after moving to Vancouver from Montreal. She has exhibited, served as juror and curated exhibitions for the Craft Council. In 1999, a display of seven pieces of her then relatively new work launched Cohen’s career as a jewelry artist. According to Barbara, the exposure from that small display at the craft council led to gallery shows across Canada and the US.
Twenty-two years later, Cohen is still an invaluable asset to the craft council. When she approached us with an idea for a fundraiser at the beginning of summer 2021, we jumped at the opportunity to have our gallery once again house her creative work. Over the course of her lengthy career, Barbara has amassed a great collection of materials. From the remains of bicycle tires, cocoons, cement tiles, fossils and more the artist has created 100+ ‘musings’ which she has donated to the CCBC. These small scale – sculptural wall hangings are intended to be unexpected surprises among more obvious decorative elements in one’s home.