WOMEN ON THE RISE 2019: HILARY BRACE, LINDA EKSTROM, PEGGY POWNALL AND ASTRID PRESTON

VITA ART CENTER, VENTURA, CA

FEBRUARY 23 THROUGH MARCH 22, 2019

The Vita Art Center, in collaboration with Focus on the Masters, will exhibit the artwork of 4 women artists who will be honored by the FOTM program during 2019. Each will be interviewed, and their artwork will be extensively documented and archived. This is the third annual exhibit featuring women

to be co-curated by Vita Art Center and Focus on the Masters. Hilary Brace will be interviewed by Donna Granata for Focus on the Masters at the Ventura County Museum of Art on October 13, 2019.

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NATURE IMAGINED: HILARY BRACE, ELLEN JEWETT AND CHERYL MEDOW

THE WILDLING MUSEUM OF ART AND NATURE

SOLVANG, CA

JULY 21, 2018 - JANUARY 2019

The Wildling Museum of Nature and Art presents a special exhibition that celebrates nature through the vivid imaginations of three artists who use diverse materials and methods to create environments that engage the imagination. The viewer is invited to explore the unique weaving of image, texture, and detail that resembles nature and yet is unlike anything in the natural world.

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HILARY BRACE TAPESTRIES AND DRAWINGS

CRAIG KRULL GALLERY, SANTA MONICA, CA

JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 24, 2018

Hilary Brace is recognized for her intimately sized, yet sublime charcoal drawings of waves, clouds and wildly Baroque weather. In reviewing her drawings, The New York Times wrote, "once in a while you come across an art of such refined technique that it seems the product of sorcery more than human craft..." Starting with the smooth surface of polyester film darkened with charcoal, Brace works in a reductive manner by removing charcoal with erasers and other handmade tools. According to Christopher Knight of the LA Times, the work "conjures ephemeral poetics of light and space." The exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery opening on January 20 will feature a group of recent drawings, and will also premiere her new work in tapestries. While a visiting artist at the American Academy of Rome, Brace was inspired by Raphael's tapestries, and considered how she could translate her images into large-scale textile pieces. She was introduced to the TextielMuseum in Tilberg, The Netherlands and began working with their TextielLab. The sophisticated Jacquard looms allowed for fine detail and complex thread combinations that resulted in what Brace calls, "a light-reactive surface, so that the pieces change in response to the light source or position of the viewer."