Bedford Gallery opens the 2016-17 exhibition season with ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection. These imaginative works come from the tool-inspired collection of John Hechinger, owner of the mid-Atlantic hardware store chain popular in the 1980s-90s. Hechinger was an active community patron and civil rights advocate in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He also firmly believed in creating dynamic, engaging arts experiences for people of all backgrounds. The four themes in ReTooled – Objects of Beauty, Material Illusions, Instruments of Satire and Tools: An Extension of Self – showcase this belief in an innovative collection of paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs.
Berenice Abbott, Allan Adams, Arman, Bill Arnold, Barton Lidicé Beneŝ, Hugh R. Butt, Anthony Caro, Jim Dine, William Eggleston, Richard Estes, Walker Evans, Howard Finster, Hans Godo Frabel, Red Grooms, Stephen Hansel, Gary Kuehn, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Legér, MANUAL, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Valdmir Salanum, Lucas Samaras, Lee Schuette, Roger Shimomura, H.C. Westermann, Phyllis Yes.
ReTooled was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, from Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection, gift of John and June Hechinger.
In the Alcove Gallery
Blade Runner: ReTooling the Saw as Art
Blade Runner is an invitational organized by Bedford Gallery that includes 20 artists from the Bay Area whom have utilized the blade in their work as a surface for painting or as a 3D object. Featured artists include Randy Colosky, Kristin Farr, Bella Feldman, GATS, Beverly Rayner, Susan Martin, and Rico Solinas.
Blade Runner Artists:
Jody Alexander, Ray Beldner, Hopi Breton, Randy Colosky, Marc D’Estout, Kristin Farr, Bella Feldman, Brett Flannigan, GATS, William Hildreth, Max Kauffman, Marcos LaFarga, Susan Abbott Martin, Jeff Meadows, Beverly Rayner, Lucien Shapiro, Rico Solinas, Shannon Taylor, Jamie Vasta.
Sunday, September 18, 3-5pm
View tool-inspired art from the Hechinger Collection at the exhibition opening.
Admission: General $5; Youth (13-17) $3; Children 12 and under, free.