Artist Talks 3 PM Saturday August 20th

Join us Saturday August 20th at 3 PM for artists talks for our current exhibition, The Material is the Message. The event will last about one hour and there will be a small reception for attendees.

The Material is the Message opens Friday August 5th at 378

378 Gallery presents the August exhibition, The Material is the Message, beginning
Friday, August 5, running through Saturday, August 27, 2022. There will be an opening
event on Friday, August 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Material is the Message is an invitational exhibition featuring work from eleven fine
artists working in textile media – Adeline Barnett, Clare Butler, Jessica Caldas, Terry
Coffey, Beth Ensign, Julie Fordham, Deborah Lacativa, Leisa Rich, Elinor Saragoussi,
and Debra Baker Steinmann. The exhibition was curated by Clare Butler.
Adeline Barnett – is a fine artist born in Kennesaw, Georgia, who is a recent BFA
Painting Graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She works
with a variety of materials, including paint, clay, and fabric, utilizing whatever is best to
convey her message. What remains consistent in her work in any medium is the drive
behind it. She currently creates soft sculptures that pinpoint different types of memories
brought from childhood into adulthood. To portray how we grasp onto the past and how
it intertwines with our perception of current experiences, she chooses materials that
evoke comfort and the un-comfortability of these memories. She wants the heart she
puts into her work to radiate from the pieces, so that when viewers see them, they feel
as if they can have a conversation with her and she could be a resource to them in their
own artistic journey.
Clare Butler Is the exhibition curator and is presenting three pieces from her Modern
Day Saints series of embroidered portraits. She has made many embroidered portraits
throughout her life starting at age 6 and has consistently worked on various sewing
projects. In her Modern Day Saints series, she creates portraits of people who inspire
her or her clients as a way foster belief in a better world, recognize people of influence,
and solidify their hero status in the world. This is the fourth exhibition she has curated at
378 Gallery.
Jessica Caldas – is a Puerto Rican American, Florida and Georgia based, artist,
advocate, and activist. Her work connects personal and community narratives to larger
themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist
residencies, locally and nationally. Her work has received numerous awards, has been
featured in many cultural publications. And is held in public and private collections and
has been shown regionally and nationally. Caldas received her MFA at Georgia State
University in 2019 and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia
in 2012. She currently runs Good News Arts, a small community arts space and gallery
in rural North Central Florida.
Terry Coffey – Coffey’s inspiration for the show was two-fold. She had been playing
around with amazing novelty print fabrics left over from mask-making during the early
days of the Covid pandemic and making small mandala-like pieces. During this process
the Uvalde shooting kept invading her thoughts and felt an overwhelming urge to make

something to honor that. Thinking of soft sculpture, she began to sketch guns. When
she came across children’s themed fabric in her stash, she thought about the
disconnect between the two; both a troubling and cathartic. Coffey has been making
things from fabric since she was seven or eight, inspired by her Grandmother Coffey
who sewed on an ancient pedal singer and made many quilts. She has been a
craftsperson and made and sold hats for fifteen years. She attended art school in the
1980's but never pursued it much after that, resorting to crafts and teaching sewing.
Now she brings her high-concept fine art ideas to life using a variety of materials,
presenting them in gallery settings.
Beth Ensign – “I have always been fascinated with artists’ books as a particularly
intimate vessel for expression and fascinated with the detritus of female lives: hand
worked doilies, tea towels, handkerchiefs, collars, and gloves, hats, purses, jewelry; all
the things that women have used to both express and disguise themselves domestically
and in public. I have collected my materials in thrift stores, estate sales and yard sales
for many, many years. Some of the materials I inherited from my mother and my
grandmothers. All the materials contain vestiges of the hopes, dreams, and sense of
obligation to family and society that the women who wore or made them felt. How often
were their private dreams at odds with their public sense of duty, or the importance they
attached to appearances?”
Julie Fordham – is a mixed media painter working in Tucker, Georgia. With the birth of
her child in 2007, she began to explore embroidery as a serious medium. She instantly
fell in love with the repetitive deliberate way of leaving color and texture on her
paintings. making it a vital part of her practice. The work in “Material is the Message” is
autobiographical with a strong focus on her relationships and mental health. She
studied Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and has shown her work in Atlanta
and in Decatur.
Deborah Lacativa – Her work with textiles has much in common with contemporary
painting – the come and go of colors, lines, and textures – but carved into the surface of
cloth by threads under tension instead of paint on canvas. She combines her love of
color and abstraction in a continuing exploration into the possibilities of fiber as art.
Although the viewers are discouraged from handling the art, Lacativa wants them to
ache to touch it. Everything she makes is about exciting the eye and engaging the
viewer with the tactile draw of cloth and the drama of colors and shapes that hint at
mystery, magic, and sometimes, the sly grin.
Leisa Rich’s piece for the exhibition, titled Unraveled: Unravelling, got its start from a
photo taken of a small Kusama Infinity Room at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, then
manipulated and sent produced as a jacquard weaving. Then Rich embellished the
woven surface with new and recycled fabrics and felt. Just as Kusama’s room uses
repetitive, endless elements that seem to go on forever, recent events of the last
several years that seem to go on forever inspired Rich to make a work that utilized
things taken apart and put them back together again. Rich has a bachelor’s and
master’s degree in fine arts and a bachelor’s of education in art and has taught art for

48 years. Her work is held in numerous private, public and museum collections locally,
nationally, and internationally. She makes her home in Canada work on a quiet rural
island in Ontario that is accessible only by ferry. She says, “My life unraveled, and I am
putting it back together again.”
Elinor Saragoussi – Originally from Denver, Colorado, Elinor Saragoussi is currently
based in Winterville, Georgia. She works with a variety of mediums, including felt, set
design/installation and illustration to create fantastical, colorful works.  Eli occasionally
teaches workshops, plays bass in a rock n’ roll band named Blunt Bangs, and works for
a small local construction company called Levelish. Her work uses playful, bright, and
accessible imagery to investigate complex and often melancholic thoughts and
emotions. The juxtaposition of the playful and dark translated through detailed craft
creates something that feels special and is best experienced in person and cannot be
replicated in a virtual environment. In this age of constant stimulation and the ability to
“just Google it,” the artistic process is a quiet act of revolt against the contemporary
culture of fast-paced, disposable content.
Debra Baker Steinmann – “My art represents my story, told through my hands. I stitch
through joy and pain while losing any quilt makers’ connection to perfection. I learned to
quilt as a child watching Grandma Eva Baker around the frame with her sisters. I feel a
deep connection to the generations of quilters in my family as I dream of what’s next.
My work is meditative in the creation and hopefully evokes an emotional response.”

The August exhibition, The Medium is the Message, at 378 Gallery will follow public
health safety and protocols advised due to the worldwide Corona virus pandemic.
Attendance inside the gallery at any one time may be limited in number while viewing
the art. The exhibition can be viewed during the regular gallery hours of Fridays and
Saturdays in July from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and by appointment by calling gallery
director Tom Zarrilli at 404-530 9277.