Today marks the beginning of the final two weeks for "The Realm of Dreams" exhibit at Dominican University's Alemany Library.  As students return for the new semester, they will have a chance to enjoy  this unique and special collaborative exhibit by Phyllis Thelen and Barbara Andino-Stevenson.  The exhibit is open to the public during Library hours through August 31, 2012.  To view photos + a slideshow from this exhibit by Margot Duane Images, please click here, or on the images below.

Thelen and Andino-Stevenson have created unique worlds in their pieces, suggesting alternate lands, places we could visit or imagine a story evolving from the works.  Delicate sailboats crafted from natural plant fibers move across a ceramic sea, glazed of aqua blue and textured with hand-carved waves.  Dried grasses weave a complex forest-like tangle and lift up a smooth stone, presenting it to the heavens.  

A very large work, more than 5 feet in diameter is a ceramic world of mountainous peaks, valleys and nooks filled with live succulents and water that trickles throughout the piece.  Andino-Stevenson has included her new ceramic whistles, which are characters who could certainly live in this earthy, clayscape, but they stand alone as impressive and highly detailed ceramic collectibles.

A must see!  The Library staff shared this week that many have been snapping photos daily with their iPhones and small cameras.  They noted that this is really a unique type of exhibit for the Library and that it should be seen to be enjoyed.  San Rafael photographer, Margot Duane, of Margot Duane Images, had the opportunity to visit the exhibit this week and has provided photos. 

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