Rita Returns to Long Beach
Rita's Excellent Adventure, a story written in verse by Nicki Bair and illustrated by her and five other tapestry artists is now on exhibit at the Long Beach Public Library - Main Library. The exhibt will be up through year end 2013.
Ritas Excellent Adventure% is a whimsical tale of a sand crab named Rita that loves purple plankton. Her adventures in search of the best plankton in Santa Monica Bay are told in verse and illustrated with 20 tapestries. It was completed in June 2012 and its initial showing was at the Society Gallery on Pine Ave during Convergence 2012 Long Beach. It has just returned from Eureka, CA where it was exhibited at the Morris Graves Museum of Art and will now be exhibited the Long Beach Public Library through the end of 2013.
Whether the story is read out loud or silently, one can only smile while learning of the habits, predators, habitats and adventures of this small sand crab named Rita.
For the art lover, there is the discovery of how six artists with different styles can come together and create 20 tapestries, which coalesce into one look for the story. It is also fun for the viewer to guess which artists wove which pieces.
And for the child within each of us, there is the occasional discovery of two eyes peeking back at us from a tapestry here and there.
Once upon a time, Nicki Bair saw a small sand crab while walking barefoot through the surf. She named it Rita and later created the story of Ritas adventure in search of the best purple plankton in Santa Monica Bay. With the help of Merna Strauch, Karen Leckart, Judi Freed, Margie Fine and Carollee Howes, Nicki illustrated the story with tapestries. Each artist incorporated their own unique style while using a common palette of yarns and some basic parameters.
The book is available for borrowing from the Long Beach library and can be purchased through Amazon or at www.nickibair.com.
The Year of the Ladybug
Every year Nicki creates a new beetle framed under glass. This is her fourth year of creating a collectible beetle and 2013 is the year of the ladybug. If you would like to purchase this years creation, they will be available for sale at the Weaving & Fiber Festival on the first Sunday in November at the Torrance Cultural Center and at the Designing Weavers Exhibit and Holiday Sale the weekend before Thanksgiving in SIerra Madre.
Become a collector!
When: Weaving & FIber Festival on November 3rd, 2013
Torrance Cultural Center, Torrance CA
When: Designing Weavers Exhibit and Holiday Sale
Saturday & Sunday November 23 & 24th
Sierra Madre Women's Club
550 West Sierra Madre Blvd.
Sierra Madre, CA 90120
Tapestry Alights to the Central Coast
Nicki's study in black tapestry called Folding Space will be on exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art from November 22 to December 29th. This piece depicts the planet uranus and all its orbiting moon in a variety of black yarns. The crescant of one of its moons reflects the light from the far off sun. The tapestry exhibit Tapestry Alights to the Central Coast includes recent works from the members of Tapestry Weavers West.
When: November 22-December 29th, 2013
Where: San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Reception: Saturday November 23rd, 3-5pm
Four Pieces on Exhibit in Pleasanton!
Nicki Bair will have three tapestries from her Friends series on exhibit at the Firehouse Art Center in Pleasanton California Nov. 6 - Dec. 18th as part of the Remnants exhibit by the California Fiber Artists. These three tapestries have frames woven from palm fronds she found while taking her morning walk. Nicki will also be exhbiting an exploratory piece composed of bubble wrap, old silk ties and plastic bags. Read her blog for more details.
When: November 6-December 18, 2013
Where: Firehouse Art Center, Harrington Gallery
4444 Railroad Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Reception: Thursday, November 7th 7-9pm
Three Tapestry Poems on Exhibit in Buena Park
Nicki is exhibiting three of her tapestry poems as part of Designing Weavers exhibit in Buena Park CA. Included in this exhibit are artists Nicki Bair, Maureen Cox, Carolle Howes, Deborah Jarchow, Julie Kornblum, Sandra Rude, Deborah Shoenberger, Rebecca Smith and Cameron Taylor-Brown. This show will be on display in the Buena Park City Hall Council Chamber from July 2 through October 10, 2013. Council Chamber is located in Buena Park City Hall at 6650 Beach Boulevard in Buena Park and is open to the public Monday - Thursday from 7:30 am 5:30 pm.
Rings of Fire in Colorado
Nicki's Rings of Fire
, a three dimensional view of the flames of a fire, is on exhibit as part of the juried Woven Together: Firestorm
exhibit in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Photos of the exhibit are availabe on the Pike's Peak Weavers Guild website. Here
When: June 21 - August 2, 2013
Where: Hagnauer Gallery
513 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Spirngs, CO, 80829
Rita's Excellent Adventure
Rita's Excellent Adventure a story about an sand crab living in the Santa Monica Bay told in both verse and tapestry is on exhibit at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in April and May 2013. Nicki Bair wrote the story and six tapestry artists, including Nicki, illustrated the story with 20 tapestries. The published book is availalble for purchase at the Museum Shop.
When: April-May 2013
Where: Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka CA
California Fiber Artists 2013 Portfolio Just Published!
California Fiber Artists 2013 Portfolio
was just published. It includes work from the 35 current members of California Fiber Artists, a group dedicated to educating the public on the diversity, creativity and innovativeness in fiber art today. Nicki Bair wrote and currated the 2013 edition. It is available for viewing and sale here
Long Horned Beetles to Fresno
Four of Nicki's long horned beetles join the New Vision, New Directions exhibit showing at Studio 74 in Fresno California. California Fiber Artists first exhibit of the year fills Studio 74's old renovated three bedroom house with innovative and creative fiber art. April 1-April 20
Rita's Excellent Adventure - Published!
Rita's Excellent Adventure told in words and weft has been published and is available for sale on this website. This unique book tells the tale of a small sand crab named Rita who simply loves purple plankton. One day she decides to ride a current to find the best plankton in Santa Monica Bay. Her adventures are illustrated with twenty tapestries woven by six tapestry artists; NIcki Bair, Merna Strauch, Karen Leckart, Margie Fine, Carollee Howes and Judi Freed. The story was written in verse by NIcki Bair.
Gallery Talk - Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
The City of Tracy is opening their 2012-13 Exhibition Season at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts with Contemporary Fiber Works
by California Fiber Artists. Included in the exhibit is one piece by each member including, My Tapestry Spiral
by Nicki Bair. This is a colorful three dimensional tapestry in the shape of a helicoid. Details on how this unusual tapestry was woven, pulled and shaped is on her blog http://theweavingdiva.blogspot.com/2012/
. If you have questions about this piece or about any of the California Fiber Artists work, ask Nicki on the 29th when she will be giving a gallery talk between 12 and 2pm.
Dates: September 8th - October 27th, 2012
Reception & Gallery Talk: September 29th 12-2 pm
Address: 715 Central Avenue, Tracy CA 95376
Life Lines in Carlsbad
Nicki exhibits two pieces in Life Lines which exemplify her two favorite themes in her fiber work; combining fiber with her creative writing and portraying the patterns of nature in unexpected ways. An Empty Spot in Time is a line from a poem written by Nicki which is hidden in blocks of color surrounded by blocks from an antique printing press. Go Forth and Multiply shows a male and female flower beetle woven in sewing thread.
Where: Front Porch Gallery
What: Life Lines a group exhibit by California Fiber Artists
Address: 2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad CA 92008
Dates: July 22 - September 9, 2010
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri: Noon-6pm, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm.
Nicki: the Inspiring Weaver on YouTube
Nicki Bair was interviewed by Debby Thompson, a docent at the Long Beach Museum of Art about her piece Mr. & Mrs. Wallichii
which is in the Small Expressions
exhibit through August 12. Here is the wonderful video Debby put together based on the interview. Nicki Bair: The Inspiring Weaver
Rita's Excellent Adventure told in Tapestry
Rita's Excellent Adventure told in Tapestry will be on exhibit July 13 through July 27 at Society Gallery, 635 North Pine Avenue in Long Beach.
Twenty tapestries woven by six tapestry artists illustrate the adventures of a sand crab named Rita as she searches for the best purple plankton in Santa Monica Bay. The story was conceived and written by Nicki Bair and illustrated in tapestry by her and five other tapestry artists; Carollee Howes, Margie Fine, Karen Leckart, Judi Freed and Merna Strauch.
Enjoy the tale told in verse as well as tapestry.
Beetles to the Long Beach Museum of Art
Mr. & Mrs. Wallichii
© by Nicki Bair, Pacific Palisades California was accepted into HGAs prestigious Small Expressions
exhibition to be held May 10th-August 12, 2012 at the Long Beach Museum of Art
in conjunction with Convergence® International Fiber Arts Conference, July 15-21, 2012.
These two beetles, one male and one female, are flower beetles (Dicranophalus wallichii wallichii) woven in rayon and metallic sewing thread.
Turquoise Slap Bracelets
The May/June 2012 issue of Handwoven magazine has an article by Nicki on how to weave turquoise taqueté slap bracelets that are reminiscent of the silver and turquoise jewelry of the Southwest...but made of fiber!
Beetles & Flowers in Chico
Two of Nicki's favorite beetles and her silk tapestry portraying a Lily up close and personal, will be showing at the Avenue 9 Gallery as part of the California Fiber Artists' exhibit Sense of Place
When: May 25th - June 24th
Where: Avenue 9 Gallery
Opening Reception: May 25 5-8pm
My Mom and Me
Nicki gave a presenation to the Creative Weavers Guild of San Diego on the development of her artistic career and the influence of her Mother, also a fiber artist, on her work. It was wonderful presentation and so special given that it was Mother's Day weekend.
Words & Weft in San Francisco
Nicki's two recent tapestry banners, Ode to the Ocean and Ocean's Revenge are showing in San Francisco 11/14 through February 3rd, 2012. They are part of the Interconnections: Tapestry Weavers West exhibit curated by Kerri Hurtado of Artsource Consulting and Deborah Corsini.
220 Montgomery St
San Francisco 94104
Viewing M-F 8-6
Last Chance to View a Giraffe Butt
One of my favorite tapestries Butt Series: Giraffe is on exhibit at the Cultural Center at Glen Allen; Glen Allen, VA; September 15-October 30, 2011; Show opening: September 15, 2011, 7:00-9:00pm. It's your last chance to see it before it goes to a private collection.
That's Sooo Seaside!
Seaside Weavers is a small weaving guild on the Westside of Los Angeles which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011. An eclectic group of artists, which rarely exhibits collectively, will be having a unique exhibit titled That's Sooo Seaside!. The exhibit will have weavings of current and former Seaside members showing how creating with fiber has changed [and not changed] over the past 40 years. Nicki Bair is one of the curators as well as an exihibiting artist in That's Sooo Seaside!
When: August 4-August 30, 2011 (during library hours)
Where: Pacific Paliades Library
Opening: August 6, 2011 1-3pm
Butt Series - Giraffe on Tour!
Nicki's small tapestry Butt Series - Giraffe is on exhibit as part of the Small Tapestry International 2: Passages. The tapestry depicts a giraffe seen at the Los Angeles Zoo with a wonderful reticulated pattern. The giraffe itself is hidden by use of an unexpected viewpoint with a color shift making the pattern come alive; obscuring the obvious.
April 2-May 2, 2011 Weaving Southwest Taos, New Mexico
June 2 - July 1, 2011 Tacoma Public LIbrary, Tacoma Washington
September 15-October 30, 2011 Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen, Virginia
Adventures in Bookbinding
Nicki Bair is a guest artist in the just published book Adventures in Bookbinding; hand crafting mixed-media books by author and bookmaker Jeannine Stein. A mini book was created from a Navajo tapestry woven by Nicki illustrating how to give an old tapestry new life.
Tapestry in Eureka
Nicki has two tapestries, Behind the Scenes, showing an unuusal view of a zebra and My Tapestry Spiral a three dimensional pulled tapestry showing at the Eureka Art Museum as part of the California Fiber Artists exhibit Fiber Enriched.
Where: William Thonson Gallery, Morris Graves Museum of Art
When: June 22- August 21st, 2011
Reception: July 2nd
Bakersfield Art Museum
Nicki has two tapestries in the California Fibers exhibit Fiber Optics at the Bakersfield Art Museum through May 29, 2011.
Text & Texture
Nicki's textural pieces will be showing in Folsom at Gallery 48 as part of the California Fiber Artists' Text and Texture Exhibit.
When: January 21-March 10, 2011
Where: Gallery at 48 Folsom CA
Mazes & Letters at Woodland
Nicki has three pieces in the California Fiber Artists' Exhibit Fiber Art to Go
in Woodland, California at Gallery 625 curated by Yolo Arts. Work is for sale during the exhibit. When
: December 1, 2010- January 10,2011Where
: Gallery 625
625 Court St., Woodland,
Country Administration BuldingInfo: www.yoloarts.org
Beetles Visit the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum
Nicki has five beetles availabe for sale to help benefit the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum in their annual High Fiber Under Five
fund raiser. Details are here: http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/gallery_hig
Bair Awarded Honorable Mention
One of Nicki's woven taquete pieces was awarded an honorable mention by juror John Marshall in the West Coast Fiber & Book Art exhibition. She has two pieces at the exhibit, her award winning Beetle Collection as well as a new piece My Woven Alphabet.
Where: Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery
262 E Grand Ave. Escondido CA 92025
When: The Month of September (gallery closed Sundays and Mondays)
A Murder Mystery Told in Twill comes to Escondido
Nicki's kimono My Murder Mystery Told in Twill is on exhibit in Escondido for the month of September at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery. 262 E. Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025. It is part of the Designing Weavers' Ancient Pathways Exhibit. The coat tells the story of murder and mahjong all told in a variety of undulating twills. Nicki wrote and wove the story and Marj Meadows helped create the coat.
Friends Visit Chico
Three of Nicki's small format animal tapestries woven in silk dyed with indigo are on exhibit in Chico California as part of the California Fiber Artists exhibit at the Chico Art Center.
Where: Chico Art Center
450 Orange St. Suite 6
When: July 31 - August 22, 2010
Open daily 10-4pm
Nicki's new piece; My Beetle Collection was on exhibit at the Albuquerque Convention Center July 21st-July25th. The piece dazzles with sea green metallic thread highlighting each beetle.
Nicki received the Complex Weavers award for this piece. The award is be given for excellence in weaving a piece original in both design and execution with a complex interlacement of threads and fibers beyond plain weave.
A Murder Mystery Told in Twill
Nicki's woven kimono will be exhibited at the Albuquerque Convention Center in conjunction with Convergence. It will be in the Fashion Show on July 21 and on exhibit for the rest of the conference; through July 25. The coat tells the story of murder and mahjong all told in a variety of undulating twills. Nicki wrote and wove the story and Marj Meadows helped create the coat.
Beetles Travel to New Mexico
Twelve of Nicki's woven beetles from her Thailand Collection have travelled to Corralles, New Mexico for an exhibit at the Old Ysidro Church. The beetles are part of a group show held July 17-July 26th 2010 in conjunction with Convergence.
A New Butt at the Richmond Art Center
Nicki is exhibiting an exciting new tapestry,Behind the Scenes - Giraffe at the Richmond Art Center. This is a small format tapestry in a series which she fondly calls her Butt Series. It is part of the Tapestry Weavers West Members' Exhibition in Richmond California. If in the area be sure to check it our.
Where: Richmond Art Center
2540 Barett Ave, Richomond CA
When: June 29-August 21, 2010
Gallery Hours - T-Sat 11am-5pm
Nicki will be exhibiting her Bridge in the Rain #3
as part of a collaborative entry by Seaside Weavers in the Enchanted Pathways Exhibit
, a small format tapestry exhibition sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance in conjunction with Handweavers Guild of America's Convergence in New Mexico in 2010. William & Joseph Gallery
Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 10-31, 2010
Beetles Travel to Camarillo
Nicki's beetles will be on display in the Fiber 2010 West
exhibit curated by Julie Kornblum. Where: Studio Channel Islands Art Center Gallery
, Camarillo, CA. When:
April 16-May 22, 2010. Opening Reception:
April 16th 5-7pm.
Beetles Visit Riverside
Sixteen beetles from Nicki's Beetles from Thailand Collection are being exhibited in the Fiber 2010 Exhibit at the Brandstater Gallery La Sierra University in Riverside CA. From Feb. 8 - March 8, 2010.
Uranus Rises Over Petaluma
Nicki's tapestry Uranus is part of the Tapestry Weavers West - Shining Brightly exhibit at the Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma CA. January 10-February 21st 2010.
Unravelling the Art of FIber
The Palisades Post had an article
about Nicki Bair and Merna Strauch who both won awards at the recent Fiber Open in Camarillo. July 30th, 2009
HGA Award to Nicki Bair
Nicki Bair's My Tapestry Spiral
was awarded the Handweavers Guild of America Award for work demonstrating outstanding creativity and craftsmanship in the fiber arts at the Focus on Fiber Open II Exhibit.Studio Channel Islands Art Center
Camrillo CA 93010.
May 16-July 3rd, 2009.
Connections: Small Tapestry International 2009 Exhibit
Nicki Bair's small tapestry, Over Easy has been accepted into the Connections: Small Tapestry International 2009 exhibit, sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance. Over Easy, a connection of dots along a Fibonacci grid will be exhibited with 47 other small-format tapestries by artists selected by the juror Jane Sauer.
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA.
May 5, 2009-July 26th, 2009
Opening reception: Sunday, May 10th, 2009
Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
August 20th, 2009-September 20, 2009
Opening reception: August 28th, 2009
First Place Multi-Dimensional Weaving
Nicki Bair's Tri-color Fusilli , a woven pulled tapestry creation of hand dyed silk and cotton, was awarded First Place in Multi-Dimensional Weaving at the Color Connects conference in Riverside CA March 2009.
Spectrum Exhibit - Color Connects
Nicki will have three tapestries exhibiting at the Spectrum Exhibit, the best of the weavers of Southern California, in Riverside March 5-8th, 2009. My Mom Loved Van Gogh
, a tapestry depicting the artist's Mother in the colors of Van Gogh, The Earth Warms and the Sun Still Rises
, a tapestry exploring exposed warp on the journey of climate change, and Tri-Colored Fusilli
, a pulled warp tapestry will be on display during the Color Connects
conference in Riverside California.
Uranus at the Riverside Art Museum
The tapestry Uranus
will be exhibited as part of the Designing Weavers - Personal Best, exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum
from February 14 - April 4th, 2009. The tapestry conveys the wonder of space through the recurrence of universal themes and black yarns.
Beetles at the LA Aboretum
Five beetles from My Beetle Collection are showing in the library of the Los Angeles Aboretum through March. These are realsitic yet artistic framed beetles woven in sewing thread. There is also a beautiful collection of baskets which compliment the beetles.
National Fiber Arts Exhibition
The Escondido Arts Partnership
will present their first juried National Fiber Arts Exhibition
August 28th-October 3, 2008. Reception is September 13 from 5:30-7. Two of my favorite delicate dimension
pieces were accepted and received honorable mentions. The Escondido Municipal Art Gallery
262 East Grand Ave
Designing Weavers Sideshow
The Designing Weavers Sideshow refects the divergent responses of our guild members to the theme 'circus'. Every year our Guild selects a theme and each member creates a project inspired by it. Some members were inspired by the positive imagery of clowns, animals, colors, acts and sideshows. Others viewed the circus as mistreatment of animals and wanted circuses to be banned. Yet another called the 2000 presidential election a 'political circus' and created a piece about hanging chads and politics. Nicki exhibits her animal inspired slap bracelets and a tapestry titled Behind the Scenes in this exhibit.
Additionally Designing Weavers will also have an exhibit of selected works reflecting the artists approach to fiber. Nicki will be exhibiting her Menagerie Series and her Variations on the Maze with In Search of a Kiss and Anegada Memories.
June 12 - July 5, 2008
Designing Weavers Annual Exhibit & Sale
Saturday and Sunday May 17th & 18th; 10am-4pm. 800 Woodward Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Come celebrate fiber, discover new designs and techniques, watch demonstrations, enjoy delicious refreshments, All at our new, home-studio location. Come to the Designing Weavers Annual Exhibit & Sale. Designing Weavers
Hawaiian Tides showing in St. Petersburg
, a delicate and graceful woven bracelet will be showing in the HGAs' The Pearl in the Oyster
exhibit. The piece was a collaboration between Nicki Bair, the designer/weaver and Barbara Jones, the metalsmith. Florida Craftsmen Gallery
St. Petersburg, Florida
May 23-August 23, 2008
Regatta Maze at the Tampa Convention Center
The Regatta Maze, a thirteen foot woven sailboat regatta in the form of a maze will be on display at the Tampa Convention Center, June 25-June 28, 2008 as part of the HGA's Ebb Tide exhibit. Nicki designed and wove this piece to challenge viewers to follow the nautical signs and warning flags and successfully pass the finish line in record time.
Civil Twilight over Santa Monica Bay Showing in Tampa
One of my experimental tapestries, Civil Twilight over Santa Monica Bay, woven in cassette tape will be showing at the Woven Gems exhibit.
June 1 July 31, 2008.
Teco Plaza Gallery
704 Franklin St.
Beetles from Thailand in Tarpon Springs
Two beetles from my Beetles of Thailand Collection will be showing in the Weaving in the Computer Age from inkles to jacquard exhibit.
Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, Tarpon Springs , Florida
June 8 July 30, 2008
Honorable Mention - _It's Raining Beetles_
In 2006 I entered the Great Lengths
exhibit with a piece of woven yardage about 15 feet long which consisted of over 12 miles of sewing thread portraying 59 species of beetles and 1 ant flying through a rainbow. Great Lengths Exhibit