March 30, 2014

Noah's Ark Spotlighted in Maloof Exhibition: Craft at Play

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Woodworker and minister Brian Kopke puts finishing touches on Noah's Ark model featured in Maloof's Craft at Play exhibition. Woodworker and minister Brian Kopke puts finishing touches on Noah's Ark model featured in Maloof's Craft at Play exhibition. Maloof Foundation

Craft at Play Exhibition Opens Sunday, March 30

Hand-Crafted Noah's Ark On View at Maloof Foundation; Exhibition Features Arts & Crafts Whimsey from Many Cultures

Runs March 30 - October 30

On the same weekend that movie theatres across the nation expect to be packing in crowds for the opening of the epic Noah, The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts & Crafts will offer the world premiere showing of an extraordinary handmade wooden model of Noah's Ark.

The ark serves as centerpiece for Craft in Play, a gallery exhibition that celebrates the spirit of play found in the works of artists and craftspeople from a variety of cultures.

"You can go to the movies and see a digital ark or you can come to the Maloof and see an actual wooden model of Noah's Ark, shaped, sawn and carved by a real-life woodworker and craftsman," says exhibition organizer John Scott.

The work was made especially for the exhibition, and has not been shown anywhere previously. More than six feet long and nearly three feet wide, it was created by Brian Kopke, a retired mnister from Ottawa, Ontario. Built using scraps left over from woodworker Sam Maloof's own furniture making, the ark display includes more than sixty hand-carved wooden animals. The piece has also been cleverly built to reveal the below-deck areas of the ark.

In addition to the ark and animals, more than four dozen other colorful, imaginative craft artifacts from a variety of museum and private collections have been brought together for the exhibition. Highlights include Indonesian-style stick puppets, a carved wooden carousel horse, nesting matryoshka dolls from Russia, extraordinary kites, modern and antique hobby horses and many other hand-carved traditional and contemporary objects of play.

"The works on display range from the simplest of carved objects to far more elaborate works," said Scott. "What distinguishes the selection is each artisan's clear intention to crete artistic works that surpass functionaity. We want to celebrate extraordinary craftsmanship, rich in imagination, design and execution."

Craft at Play March 30 - October 30 Thursdays & Saturdays, Noon - 4 pm

Opening Day, Sunday, March 30

Reception 2 pm - 4 pm

Woodcarving, music, refreshments! 

Free Admission

Maloof Foundation 5131 CarneiIan Street Alta Loma CA 91701 909-980-0412

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