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Smithsonian Institution’s National Gem Collection, Washington DC

Museum Acquisition

“Aquamarine Rhapsody” Pendant – March, 2024

Barbara M. Berk’s first sculptures were small, personal scale and wearable.  She wove high karat gold and platinum by hand, one-at-a-time, and shaped the flat fabric into a 3-dimensional sculptural form.  Precious metal ribbons, ruffles, spirals and loops...  Read more

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Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA

Juried Exhibition

A Question of Balance:  Selected Works from Pacific Rim Sculptors – January 27 to May 26, 2024

Barbara M. Berk’s ceiling-suspended sculpture “Open Spirals – Variations on a Theme – Medium 10 – 17:17” has been selected for A Question of Balance:  Selected Works from Pacific Rim Sculptors at the Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, CA...   Read more

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Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA

Juried Exhibition

Sculpture and Assemblage – An Exploration – March 7 to 30, 2024

Barbara M. Berk’s pedestal-supported sculpture “Interiors” has been selected for Sculpture and Assemblage – An Exploration, at the Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA. Juried by Jeff Owens, nationally recognized abstract metal sculptor, the exhibition features contemporary sculpture...  Read more

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Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

Juried Exhibition

She/They:  Pacific Rim Sculptors – January 19  to February 24, 2024

Barbara M. Berk’s pedestal-supported sculpture “Sea Currents” has been selected for She/They:  Pacific Rim Sculptors, a juried exhibition at the Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA. The exhibition features contemporary art by members of the Pacific Rim Sculptors who identify as women...   Read more

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ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Curated Exhibition

The Flame Within:  Metal Artistry Unleashed – October 13 to November 12, 2023

Barbara M. Berk’s wall-mounted sculpture “Round & Round” and her pedestal-supported sculpture “The Wave” have been selected for The Flame Within:  Metal Artistry Unleashed a curated exhibition of sculpture and jewelry at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA....   Read more

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Sausalito Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Curated Exhibition

Finding the Form:  Bay Area Sculpture – September 15 to October 8, 2023

Barbara M. Berk has been invited to participate in Finding the Form: Bay Area Sculpture, the first sculpture exhibition at the new Sausalito Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. Thirty six artists, “each weav[…e] unique narratives through a diverse array of materials and techniques...  Read more

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Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

Juried Exhibition

International Fiber Arts XI – July 29 to September 10, 2023

Barbara M. Berk's wall-mounted sculpture "Petite French Knot" has been selected for International Fiber Arts XI at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, CA. Juried by fiber artists Judith Content and Ann Johnston, the biannual exhibition presents a "distinct approach to innovative and ...   Read more

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Gallery House, Palo Alto, CA

Announcement

Barbara M. Berk Joins Gallery House – February 1, 2023

Berk is the newest member of Gallery House, the home of contemporary art in the Bay Area.  Founded in 1958, the gallery offers an extensive selection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics and jewelry by over 25 artists. 

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Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

Exhibition

100th Anniversary Exhibition November 5, 2021 to January 24, 2022

Two of Berk’s pedestal-supported sculptures – “Oskar Schlemmer’s Dancer” and “Sea Currents” – have been selected for the 100th Anniversary Exhibition at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA.  Celebrating the centennial of the Pacific Art League, the exhibition features 550 artworks...   Read more

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ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Curated Exhibition

Forge the Future  – October 9 to November 7, 2021

Barbara M. Berk’s wall-mounted sculpture “A Pair of French Knots” and her ceiling-suspended sculpture “Aigrette” have been selected for Forge the Future, a curated exhibition of sculpture and jewelry at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA...  Read more

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Gallery 1337, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, CA

Juried Exhibition

BEAUTY or TRUTH, by Pacific Rim Sculptors - April 23 to June 13, 2021

Barbara M. Berk’s wall-mounted sculpture “Lace Eleven:  A Pair of French Knots” has been selected for BEAUTY or TRUTH, a juried sculpture exhibition at Gallery 1337 at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, CA...   Read more

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PUNCH Monthly, Menlo Park, CA

Publication:  Article

“Wire Weaver” – Words by Eva Barrows – March, 2021

“Light reflects off twisted bronze and stainless steel, while shadows cast by the airy forms dance on the wall.  Elegantly fluid wire sculptures, whether ceiling-suspended, wall-mounted or free-standing, command attention and instill wonder.  Lace Four:  No Loose Ends floats overhead, slowly turning...   Read more

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M. H. de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Juried Exhibition
“On the Edge”: The de Young Open – October 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021

Barbara M. Berk’s “Lace Twelve: Oskar Schlemmer’s Dancer” has been selected for “On the Edge”: The de Young Open, an invitational community art exhibition celebrating the de Young Museum’s 125th anniversary, hosted by the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco...  Read more

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Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Juried Exhibition

2020 Biennial Members Exhibition – February 8 to November 8, 2020

The 2020 Biennial Members Exhibition celebrates the diversity of talents in the museum’s membership base. This biennial exhibition is an important opportunity for young, mid-career, and veteran artists to exhibit their work to the Fuller Craft Museum community...  Read more

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Metal Arts Guild, San Francisco, CA

Publication:  Written Interview

Featured Member of the Month – April, 2020    

Barbara M. Berk is honored to be the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco’s “Featured Member of the Month” for April, 2020.  The Metal Arts Guild San Francisco (MAG) is an independent, non-profit, educational organization...  Read more

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Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Publication:  Catalog

MFA Never 2020 Archive Project – March 2020

“The MFA Never 2020 catalog is an inclusionary publication of the over 120 artists who submitted work to this year's MFA Never open call. The book includes a full page dedicated to each contributing artist and a compilation of essays...  Read more

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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA

Juried Exhibition

Form and Function:  Fiber Arts for the 21st Century - 2019 – 2020

Featuring the work of the Artist Members of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the juried exhibition Form and Function:  Fiber Arts for the 21st Century features both “traditional and new media that emphasize art over craft with bold use of artistic elements...  Read more

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Art Ventures Gallery, Menlo Park, CA

Invitational Exhibition

Bauhaus Centennial – Taking Shape:  Bauhaus Fiber Art Exhibition - 2019

Art Ventures Gallery, “in the center of Silicon Valley, California, the crucible of tech, finance and invention, and having roots in Germany … [sought artists who would] …  create fiber art Bauhaus style, taking technology and contemporary aspects into consideration.”...  Read more

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Ruth’s Table Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Artist Talk

Transcending Textile Structures:  Weaving and Lace Making with Metal – August 1, 2019

“Ruth’s Table is honored to invite you to join us for an evening with Barbara M. Berk, artist and award-winning jewelry designer in the Bay Area. Berk will discuss the interplay ...  Read more

Photo Credit: Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography at Ruth's Table Gallery

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Ruth’s Table Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Curated Exhibition

Beyond the Warp and Weft:  The Enduring Legacy of the Bauhaus - 2019

Curated by Hanna Regev, Beyond the Warp and Weft:  The Enduring Legacy of the Bauhaus is the first of 4 exhibitions marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus to be held at Ruth’s Table Gallery in San Francisco.   Beyond the Warp and Weft, according to Regev...  Read more

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PUNCH Monthly, Menlo Park, CA

Publication:  Article

"Artists at Work" – Words by Sheri Baer, Photography by Irene Searles – February, 2019

Wander down the hallways and discover how artists are channeling their creativity at PMA’s Museum Studios.  Click here to view the article.

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Gentry Magazine, Menlo Park, CA

Publication:  Article

"The A-List: People to Know"  by Karen Salama – February, 2019

Accomplished artist and designer Barbara M. Berk is a genuine Renaissance woman. Having earned aMaster’s in Russian History, she subsequently spent 15 successful years in the magazine publishing industry...  

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Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey – Volume 1 (2017)
Metalsmith Magazine/Society of North American Goldsmiths, Eugene, OR
Publication: Book

Barbara M. Berk’s sculpture “Lace Four:  No Loose Ends” has been selected by all three jurors for
inclusion in the first annual Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey (JaMS), published by the Society of North
American Goldsmiths/Metalsmith Magazine...  Read more

 

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Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
Juried Exhibition
Reflections and Shadows - 2017

Barbara M. Berk’s sculpture Barbara M. Berk’s sculpture “Lace Four:  No Loose Ends” will be exhibited in Reflections and Shadows at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA from February 17 – March 26, 2017...  Read more

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Textile Techniques in Metal for Jewelers, Textile Artists & Sculptors 

Arline M. Fisch

Publication:  Book – Echo Point Books & Media (2016 hardcover reprint)

In a sense, I owe it all to Arline:  It began with a chance meeting at her Ancient Jewelry Symposium lecture, discovering over lunch common threads that ran through New York and competing consumer jewelry magazines, and an invitation to attend her “Textile Techniques in Metal” class...  Read more

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Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

Juried Exhibition

International Fiber Arts VII - 2015

Barbara M. Berk’s sculptures “Michael’s Waves” and “Vertigo” will be exhibited in International Fiber Arts VII at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA from October 23 – November 28, 2015.  This international exhibition, comprised of 62...  Read more

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