Wednesday, December 9, 2009

You Are Invited!

Forest Lawn Museum invites you
and a guest to the opening reception of

The Homage of Chief Legaic, 2003, From the collection of Tom Bernard

Chris Hopkins
Honoring Northwest Coast Native Culture

The wonderful paintings of Chris Hopkins depict both historical scenes and images that show the reemergence of a vibrant contemporary Native culture. By working closely with tribal leaders and anthropologists, Hopkins has created art from the native point of view with exceptional historical accuracy.

Thursday, January 28, 2010
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Forest Lawn Museum
Forest Lawn Memorial Park–Glendale
1712 South Glendale Avenue
Glendale, CA 91205

Columbia River Bounty, 2006 From the collection of Tom Bernard

Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
R.S.V.P. by January 21, 2010
323-340-4792 or e-mail
For more information about this exhibit, visit
Exhibit open through April 25, 2010

Maria Jones, From the collection of a private collector

Friday, October 23, 2009

Chris Hopkins - Haida Gwaii Unveiling

Painting unveiled at 40th anniversary celebration in Masset B.C. , Canada

Chris was commissioned to commemorate the 1969 raising of the first totem pole in a century by the Haida people. That arguably marked the renaissance of the Haida Native Culture. The 1969 totem pole was carved by 22 year old Robert Davidson. The presentation of the painting took place at a three day celebration that occurred in the ancestral homeland of the Haida people, the Queen Charlotte Islands, B.C. Canada. The celebration marked the 40th anniversary of the 1969 pole raising hosted by Robert and Reg Davidson. The painting was donated and now in it's permanent home at the Masset Hospital.

Jan Hopkins @ SOFA Chicago 2009

"Law of Identity" - Dimensions: 57-1/2"x12-1/2"x8", Materials: melon rind, weathered hydrangea petals, silver dollar pods and yellow cedar bark, photo: Ken Rowe

This piece is part of the women icon series and homage to Gertrude Stein. I am inspired by her words and the impact she had on the written word. While contemplating how I was going to portray her work, I decided that I wanted to use her most famous quote "a rose is a rose is a rose". According to Wikipedia" In Steins view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of the thing already evokes the imagery and emotions defused through her own writing and the culture at large." it is also pointed out that "Gertrude Stein's repetitive language can be said to refer to the changing quality of language in time and history. She herself said to a University that the statement referred to the fact that when the romantics used the word "rose" it had a direct relationship to an actual literature that would no longer be true. The areas following romanticism, notably the modern era, used the word rose to refer to the actual through the use of the word, the archetypical elements of the romantics era. It also follows the rhetoric law of thrice fold repetition..."

SOFA Chicago Lecture Series at Navy Pier Festival Hall

9:30am - 10:30 am, room 327

Fiber artists Jan Hopkins and Leslye Richmond
discuss their innovative use of materials and
process to create alternative forms and surfaces.

Presented by Surface Design Journal
Represented by Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Foot Notes

"Head over Heels" was recently acquired by the Museum of Art and Design, NYC, through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Thank you Jane Sauer Gallery for arranging this acquisition!
An interview by Claudia Lynch entitled "Eco Art High Heels A-Peel to Shoe Lovers" with Jan Hopkins is online, click link below to read full interview - 

Eco Art High Heels A-Peels to Shoe Lover

Claudia Lynch (the interviewer) is an artist, and a blogger for Her mission is to find and report on artists working with and inspired by shoes.

For those of you who are true shoe lovers, check out Claudia's website at

The Fuller Art Museum exhibition"The Perfect Fit - Shoes Tell Stories" continues through January 3, 2010. Here is a link to a Boston Globe about the show.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Jan Hopkins@SOFA West

Santa Fe Convention Center
201 W. Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
June 11-14, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 5:30-9:00PM

Represented by
Jane Sauer Gallery
652 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-995-8513, fax: 505-995-8507

“Child’s Play” - 21”x14”x7”, 2009, lunaria pods, hydrangea pedals, yellow cedar bark, waxed linen and paper, photo credit Ken Rowe

This first piece is about creativity” The quote on the top says “Hold on to child like wonder”, something I try to do while creating my own work.

The quote on the waist and bottom of the skirt says “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” a quote by Pablo Picasso

"Young at Heart" -Dimensions: 21”x14”x9”,Date: 2009, Materials: silver dollar pods, skeleton leaves, yellow cedar bark, waxed linen and paper. photo credit: Ken Rowe

This piece is about aging and time. I used silver dollar pods (lunaria) and skeleton leaves and the time consuming quilting technique all relating it to life, time and aging. The quote inside this piece is by William Butler Yeats "The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time."

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Jan Hopkins-Cut the Edge/Weave the Line/Textile Arts 09

Mobilia Gallery
358 Huron Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

June 16- July 31, 2009
Artists reception - June 18, 2009

“Rain Dance” - Dimensions: 10””x6”x6”, Date: 2008, Materials: grapefruit peel, waxed linen, Alaskan yellow cedar bark and lotus pod tops

"Reflections-Ever After" (a collaboration by Jan and Chris Hopkins) 4"x16"x16", oil paint, resin, Rhododendron leaves, yellow cedar bark and waxed linen, photo credit: Ken Rowe

Jan Hopkins - The Perfect Fit – Shoes Tell Stories

Fuller Art Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
t 508-588-6000
June 6, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Brockton, Massachusetts, once known as the shoe capital of the world, will revive its legacy with The Perfect Fit – Shoes Tell Stories. Curated by Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, who has strong family ties to Brockton’s shoe industry, this exhibition will explore how shoes can tell stories, addressing topics such as gender, history, sexuality, race, class, and culture.

“Tolerance” - Dimensions: 8-1/2”x 10”x 3” (each shoe) Date: 2008, Materials: grapefruit peel, cantaloupe peel and waxed linen, Photo Credit, Ken Rowe

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the
Sara and David Lieberman Collection
New Mexico Museum of Art
Apr 24, 2009 - Sep 06, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, April 24, 2009
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Approximately 75 works from the Lieberman's impeccable collection will be in the exhibit. The baskets are made from traditional, natural material as well as commercial, and often surprising, media. Artists range from the region to the international, the collections include both functional and sculptural pieces.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Jan Hopkins @ SOFA NYC 2009

Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York, NY, 10021
April 16 - 19, 2009
Wednesday April 15, 2009 5:30 - 9:00

Represented by
Jane Sauer Gallery
652 Canyon Road Santa Fe
New Mexico 87501

phone: 505-995-8513 fax: 505-995-8507

"Head Over Heels" - Dimensions 6-1/2", 9"x3-1/4", Date: 2009, Materials: grapefruit peel, yellow cedar bark, melon rind and waxed linen.

Description: The interior of shoe and shoe base is made of grapefruit peel, the Obama head was drawn and wood burned onto the inside part of the peel and sealed with encaustic wax. The outer (white) surface is melon rind and the writing and designs are sewn on with waxed linen. (photo credit: Ken Rowe)

Concept and Design: These shoes were made to document a moment in time, the excitement and fervor over the nomination and inauguration of Barack Obama. What a time in our history! I took two of his campaign slogans and put them together to say “Yes we can change”. The head of Barack is placed purposely on the heel of the shoes (head over heels). The head of Barack is actually also the “O” in Obama. The “A” inside the shoe is hidden so that when you look into the shoe, you see the word BAM. This is in reference to the comic book super hero Barack that was created during his campaign. The blue star on the back of the shoe is holding up the words written on the outside of the shoe.

A collaboration by Jan and Chris Hopkins
Reflections – Wonder”, 5-1/2”x18”x18”, 2008, Medium: oil painting in resin, lotus pod tops, paper and waxed linen (photo credit: Ken Rowe)
Concept and outer bowl by Jan Hopkins

Interior of bowl painted and designed by Chris Hopkins

Concept: I contemplate the future for our children. A young woman is looking into a koi pond reflecting her future. Japanese associate koi with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. This is my hope for next generation and our future. I have wrapped the bowl with lotus pod tops symbolizing rebirth.

Jan Hopkins - Basketry in Prospective Exhibit

Jane Sauer Gallery
Exhibition dates: April 24 - May 26, 2009
opening Reception: Friday, April 24, 2009, 5-8 PM

Scheduled to coincide with “Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Collection of Sara & David Lieberman”. “Intertwined” opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly the Museum of Fine Art) on April 18.
“Mother Hen” – Hen, 5-1/2”x11”x5-1/2” chick 3”x6-1/2” x 3”, 2009, cantaloupe peels, grapefruit peels, Alaskan yellow cedar, ostrich shell beads and waxed linen. Photo credit: Ken Rowe

"Regeneration", Dimensions: 14"x14"x14", Date: 2009, Materials: lotus pod tops, yellow cedar bark and waxed linen, photo credit: Ken Rowe
Regeneration (interior detail)

Other artists included in exhibit - Dona Anderson, Kate Anderson, Danielle Bodine, Jill Clark, Jeanne Dravus, Carol Eckert, Katherine Glover, Lissa Hunter, Stephen Johnson, Kay Khan, Nancy Koenigsberg, Nancy Moore Bess and Polly Adams Sutton

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chris Hopkins - Promotional Art

Promotional art used for The Seattle Childrens Theatre
stage production of the Peter Pan

Oil on canvas, 24"x36"

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chris Hopkins - 2009 Commissions

Haida Artisans and Chiefs Series
(private commission)

" Dancing Sisters", 2009, 30"x38", Oil on canvas
Portrait of Bill Reid, 2009, 14"x 18", Oil on canvas
Portrait of Maria Jones, 14"x18", Oil on canvas
Portrait of Victory Moody, 14"x18", oil on canvas

Jan Hopkins - 2009 Past Exhibits

The Fountainhead Gallery
"Masters of Contemporary Basketry" curated by Jane Sauer

Exhibition dates: January 8 - February 1, 2009
625 W McGraw St.,Seattle WA 98119

This exhibition featured 16 of the nation's top artists in Contemporary Basketry. Many of these artists' work has never been shown in the Northwest. Scheduled to coincide with the Bellevue Arts Museum hosting of "Intertwined, Contemporary Baskets from the Sara & David Lieberman Collection," all of our featured artists have work in the museum show. The exhibit featured new work available for acquisition.

"A Stitch in Our Time, The New Art of Sewing"
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Avenue Muskegon, MI 49440
organized by the MMA with the assistance of fiber artist Ann Baddeley Keister
November 13, 2008-February 8, 2009

Artists choosing fabric as a medium (and surprising alternative materials) and sewing as a technique is spreading throughout the contemporary art world. A Stitch in Our Time, organized by fiber artist Ann Baddeley Keister, Grand Valley State University Professor of Art, Allendale, Michigan, includes more than 30 objects by 11 artists that reveal the diversity of approaches to stitching and sewing as part of a studio art practice. The artists are Ilze Aviks, Susan Brandeis, Lindsay Ketterer Gates, Jan Hopkins, Mary Anne Jordan, Ann Keister, Kay Khan, Tom Lundberg, Anne McKenzie Nickolson, Carol Shinn, and Anna Torma. All of them acknowledge a debt to the traditions of crafting objects with techniques related to cloth and sewing, but your grandmother's quilts these are not! The creations of these nationally known artists exemplify the transcendence that occurs when artists of vision combine traditional textile techniques with other mediums such as digital imaging, new methods of dyeing, use of the sewing machine, painting and printing cloth, and incorporating non-traditional materials. That the works selected for the exhibition are exquisitely made is part of their appeal. It is also the individual voices of these gifted artists that instill the objects with magic and visual poetry.