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Phyllis Thelen 2014

Homecoming: Highlights from Phyllis Thelen's Museum Shows

Artwork by Phyllis Thelen

Honker, Phyllis Thelen Artwork Photo by Cindy Pavlinac
Honker, Phyllis Thelen, © 2014, Okra pod, bamboo, coconut fiber, paper, ginkgo pods, 26" x 22" x 9"
Photo by Cindy Pavlinac

August 8-September 6, 2014
Receptions: August 8 • 5–8pm


Phyllis Thelen’s innovative work has been featured in two recent solo exhibitions, at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, and the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka.  “Homecoming” offers Bay Area friends and collectors the opportunity to see a selection of these unusual sculptures, back home where they were first created.

Thelen creates sculptural forms out of organic materials, including barks, pods, plant stalks, banana leaves, bamboo shields and shells.  “The materials themselves suggest an idea,” she explains, “they tell me their stories, and I capture them in a form that the materials suggest.”  

The sculptures in this special exhibit include  vessels, creatures, and sanctuaries.   The vessels evoke imaginary journeys of the spirit, where the creatures appear as unusual beings encountered along the way.  The sanctuaries are places of refuge for the soul in search of serenity in a turbulent world.

Please join Phyllis at one or more of the receptions in August.



Phyllis Thelen is an experimental artist creating sculptural forms out of organic materials.

She received her B.A. in Art from Connecticut College, and continued her education at the Art Institute of San Francisco, Dominican University of California, and the Miasa Bunka Center in Japan, where she studied with Toshi Yoshida.   Phyllis received an honorary Ph.D. in Humane Letters from Dominican University in 2002.

Phyllis’ work has been featured in exhibitions at galleries and museums in California and Japan.  These include two recent solo museum shows:  “Spirit Vessels,” at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in 2013, and “Journeys of the Imagination” at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in 2014.    She is represented by the Vault Gallery in Cambria, CA.

Phyllis’ work may be seen (by appointment) at Mark Drive Studios in San Rafael, CA.

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