Matt Ritchie_Photo Credit
Chromaforms_Photo Credit
Sharon Engelstein_Photo Credit

In response to the popularity of our 2015 exhibition BLOW UP, Bedford Gallery is excited to present a second exhibition of inflatable art. BLOW UP II explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. BLOW UP II will feature large-scale artworks by a roster of internationally renowned artists not before seen at the Bedford. 

BLOW UP II will travel nationally after its debut at the Bedford Gallery.

Participating Artists: 
Chromaforms (Portola Valley, California), Sharon Engelstein (Houston, Texas), FriendsWithYou (Los Angeles, California), Joshua Harker (Dexter, Michigan), , Susan Lee-Chun (Miami, Florida), Matt Ritchie (San Francisco, California), Lizabeth Rossof (Denver, Colorado), Jen Stark (Los Angeles, California), and Max Streicher (Toronto, Canada).

Public Programs: 

Opening Reception

Sunday, July 14
3 – 5 pm

Admission: $5 general, $3 youth (13-17), 12 & under free. Free for Bedford Members

Create and Inflate Workshop: Make Your Own Inflatable

Saturday, August 3
10 – 4 pm 
Civic Park Assembly Hall
1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

This summer, in conjunction with our upcoming exhibition BLOW UP II—a joyful exploration of larger-than-life inflatable artwork—Bedford Gallery is thrilled to offer an extremely unique and exciting day-long Inflatable Workshop! The workshop will be led by arts educator Carrie Ziser, who will teach participants every step of making their very own blow up sculpture. Students will learn about sculpture, installation, and site-specific art with fun, yet challenging, materials. Working in groups or individually, participants will plan, design, and sketch out ideas to create large inflatable sculptures. All workshop attendees will be able to take their professional blow up home!

Students are welcome to stop by the gallery to see BLOW UP II as an introduction to contemporary sculptors working in this medium during their lunch break or after the workshop as part of their participation fee. 

-Non-refundable fee: $85 for adults, $75 for youth. 
-This workshop is for participants 12 and older. 
-Base materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring along their workshop toolkit and a lunch.