"For the Love of Water: Over 4,000 miles of walking and 20 miles of thread"
Guest Artist-Explorer Linda Gass: "For the Love of Water: Over 4,000 miles of walking and 20 miles of thread"
Please join us for tea and biscuits (cookies) and an evening with Linda Gass at The Foster on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, as part of the Guest Artist-Explorers at The Foster Speaker Series.
Linda Gass makes textile, glass and installation art about the relationship between humans and the water and land that sustain them. Linda’s presentation will take you on a photographic journey to the places that inspire her artwork, from the wilderness areas of California to significant water interventions in the American West. Linda will share images of her artwork made in response to her experience of the landscape, her research and the environmental implications of the interventions.
About Linda Gass
Bay Area artist Linda Gass creates art about land use and water issues in California and the American Southwest. She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science, and has been creating art more than 20 years after a decade long career in software.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines, including The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, 500 Art Quilts, and American Craft. Linda's awards include the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship. She recently completed a Creative Ecology Art and Science Residency through the Palo Alto Art Center and Junior Museum and Zoo. Linda has served on the boards of the Textile Arts Council of the deYoung Museum and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and she volunteered for 10 years with the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit to find lost people in the wilderness.
Linda is a native Californian and when she’s not making art or championing environmental causes, you can find her backpacking, camping and hiking in the wilderness areas of the West where she finds much of the inspiration for her work.
About Tony Foster
Born in Lincolnshire, England, artist-explorer Tony Foster finds inspiration in the wild places of the world, which he paints en plein air. Since 1982, he has undertaken a variety of watercolor “journeys”—painting projects based on a philosophical or environmental theme—that often involve multiple expeditions over many years. His subjects range from mountains, rivers, rainforests, deserts, coral reefs and Arctic icebergs to such iconic natural areas as the Grand Canyon and Mount Everest.
Hiking, rafting, kayaking or canoeing to find the perfect painting site, then camping outdoors for weeks at a time to make his paintings, Foster frequently faces challenging weather and difficult conditions. His paintings, complete with diary excerpts and “souvenirs,” document his experiences in wilderness and his commitment to its preservation.