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Visiting artists will display and discuss their weavings and drawings

September  24, 2012

The Augustana College Art Museum will host visiting artists Wence and Sandra Martinez on Monday, October 15, for a presentation on their weaving, drawing and mixed media works. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the lower gallery of the art museum, located in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.). Several examples of the artists' work will be on display through October 16. Admission to the event and the art museum is free.

As a couple, Sandra and Wence Martinez have forged a unique marriage of Wence's pattern-driven weaving and Sandra's signature glyphic drawing. Wence was raised in a centuries-old commercial weaving center, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. He furthered his studies in Mexico City at the Taller Nacional de Tapiz (National School of Tapestry). His dream of focusing on his own designs and opening a gallery materialized in 1988, when he responded to a request to have one of Sandra's works on paper translated as a tapestry, a commission that brought them together. The Martinez Studio is located in Jacksonport, Door County, Wisconsin.

Sandra (Hackbarth) Martinez for 30 years has practiced a primitive drawing style as a way to engage nature and spirit. The graphic nature of her work lends itself to use in a variety of projects from the tapestries woven by her husband to small collections of accessories. One of her more recent concerns, expressed in plant imagery, arose when she spent time in Oaxaca and became aware of the issue of GMO (genetically modified organism) crops affecting local corn strains and the indigenous plant movement.

For more information, contact the art museum weekdays at (309) 794-7231 or visit Images of the artwork are available upon request.


Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833