Crochet circle helps artist create museum installation


A group of 10 women, ages 13 to 94, gathered June 30 at Little House Activity Center to crochet covers for the last of a collection of 200 river rocks. The crocheted rocks, which range in size from 1 to 8 inches in diameter, are part of an art exhibit by sculptor Marianne Lettieri that will be installed this summer at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame.

Ms. Lettieri said her exhibit, titled 'House/Work," includes six installations that explore traditional roles of women in the home, past feminist hierarchies, and what constitutes meaningful labor today.

One of the artworks features a 19th century handmade cradle filled with 30 handblown glass spheres and set in a bed of crocheted river rocks. She appropriated doilies at local estate sales and worked with fiber artist Stefanie Fayard to cover many of the rocks, she said.

"I wanted to collaborate with the Little House crocheters as a gesture to underscore the themes of my art exhibition," Ms. Lettieri said. "Throughout history, women have come together to share domestic tasks and conversation."

The exhibit at the Peninsula Museum of Art will run from July 19 though Oct. 18. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

The museum is located at 1777 California Drive in Burlingame. Admission is free.

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