In addition to her series of rescued textile works, Bay Area artist is showing off the results of her collecting the descriptions of the locations where women and men reported having been harassed and assaulted. Note date change this month to Jan. 9 – second Tuesday.

A selection of Barbara Bryn Klare’s (at center) rescued textile works, along with a piece from “Where Were You Harassed” project, at bottom right. Courtesy images.

The avalanche of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations unleashed in 2017 – and the #MeToo movement that continues – has sparked a global conversation about the issue.

Bay Area artist Barbara Bryn Klare has found a potent, incisive way to harness that conversation into a compelling art project. Dubbed “WHERE Were You Harassed,” the project centers around the artist’s collection of victims’ descriptions of the locations where women and men reported having been harassed and assaulted. Klare  created the collection via Facebook, and garnered more than “100 responses on the first day,” Klare told the Huffington Post. 

Klare is showcasing one of her visual representations of those responses at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton Ave.), throughout January, with a wine reception set for Artwalk on January 9 (note date change) at the venues below, 5:30-7:30pm. 

“The project does not attempt to draw conclusions,” Klare told HuffPo about the project, which is open to all victims of sexual harassment and assault, regardless of gender. “But rather [it] serves as a vehicle to display sexual harassment locations and stories in plain sight. It is an open platform for self-expression about a very difficult topic.”

Klare is also exhibiting at the Chamber “Modern Boro / Modern Life” rescued textiles, a collection of some of her mixed media work featuring rescued textiles used to create social and cultural statements. 

“I examine the crossover between textile and drawing, thread and line, and the space between remnants and what used to be,” Klare says. “This ‘between-space’ is both solid and fleeting, like the moment between breaths—a line continuously tracing between now and then—that is deeply poetic to me. Our social fabric, with its most recent rips and tears, begs to be expressed.”

“My work sits between emotional and physical repair and its companions, degradation and decay,” Klare adds. “I rescue and champion the humble and frayed, finding a tentative beauty in things fragile, handmade or in need of care, while finding a complementary energy in their deconstruction.”

Klare’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, South Korea, Canada and the United Kingdom. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Cambridge Sustainability Residency and Icelandic Textile Centre. Klare is curator for the online modernboro collection of ragged, tattered and patched pieces and is a Founding Member of Textile Arts LA.

The 411: Barbara Bryn Klare showcases “WHERE Were You Harassed” and “Modern Boro / Modern Life” rescued textiles at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton Ave.), throughout January, with a wine reception set for  Artwalk on January 9 (note date change) , 5:30-7:30pm. MORE INFO.​

Here’s the full list of Artwalk participants on January 9, 5:30-7:30pm, along with each exhibit’s month-long hours:

Annual Members’ Show / Group Show, mixed media
616 Throckmorton Avenue, 415-388-4331
Hours: Tues-Fri 11 am-3 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm

Daniel Patrick, “Reflections: The Wonder of Stinson Beach” iPhone photos
375 Throckmorton Avenue, 415-289-4292 x203
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 am-9 pm, Fri 12 pm-6 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm – 5 pm

​Theatre Gallery: Katy Kuhn “Winter Has its Delight” acrylic & mixed media 
Crescendo Gallery: Diana Bradley, Watercolors
142 Throckmorton Avenue, 415-383-9600
Hours: Tues-Sun 11 am-5 pm

Gallery Group Show
108 Throckmorton Avenue, 415-384-8288
Hours: Tues-Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun 12-5 pm

Nance Miller “Dreamscapes” oil on canvas
38 Miller Avenue, Suite 19, 415-326-5130
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-7 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am-12 pm

Barbara Bryn Klare “Modern Boro / Modern Life” rescued textiles and papers
85 Throckmorton Avenue, 415-388-9700
Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-4 pm

Russ Eddy: “Nature Art” Photography
96 Throckmorton Avenue, 415-388-2550
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am-7 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-10 pm

Ashleigh Sumner “Come As You Are – A Visual Rock Anthology” mixed media
23 Sunnyside Avenue, 415-246-3944

Laura Culver “California Colors”
39 Forrest Street, Suite 201, 415-381-3001
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm

​Kellyann Gilson Lyman, mixed media
118 Throckmorton Avenue, 415-888-2135
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 am-8 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun 10 am-6 pm
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