Live Performance Art at SJIMA

Posted October 28, 2021 at 10:46 am by

Dancer Valerie Goliff  - Photo by Elena Stecca

Belling­ham artist, Fran­cie Allen, will be in Fri­day Har­bor Sat­ur­day evening, Novem­ber 6 to present a live dance per­for­mance at the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art.  The per­for­mance will be held in the museum’s Atri­um to high­light Allen’s cur­rent exhib­it at SJIMA, On Being Alive!.  The exhib­it fea­tures wire and mesh sculp­tures, sus­pend­ed in air or free stand­ing, emu­lat­ing flu­id move­ment and dance concepts. 

Allen began sculpt­ing with wire and mesh in 2009 while car­ing for her hus­band, who strug­gled with Alzheimer’s Dis­ease.  After his death in 2019 she re-vis­it­ed her cre­ative work with an eye towards what it means to be alive, explor­ing and hon­or­ing the nat­ur­al move­ment and flow of the human body.  The sculp­tures in this exhib­it embody this theme.

The On Being Alive! exhib­it is accom­pa­nied by music cre­at­ed by Allen’s son, Nick Tipp.  Tipp, a Los Ange­les based record­ing engi­neer, mix­er, and audio/video pro­duc­er, will be join­ing his moth­er for the performance.

Doors open at 4:00 pm for the event, with the per­for­mance begin­ning at 4:30.  Admis­sion is on a pay as you can basis.  Masks will be required, fol­low­ing the coun­ty guidelines.

Fran­cie Allen’s On Being Alive! show is part­nered with the cur­rent Go Fig­ure!  and Going The Dis­tance exhibits at SJIMA, on dis­play until Decem­ber 6, 2021. 

On Being Alive! is spon­sored by The Hon­ey­well Char­i­ta­ble Fund, Nation­al Endow­ment for the Arts, Wash­ing­ton State Art Com­mis­sion, Har­bor Rentals, Browne’s Home Cen­ter, Orcas Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion and the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation.

Locat­ed in Fri­day Har­bor at 540 Spring Street, the hours are Fri­day-Mon­day from 11–5. Admis­sion to the whole muse­um is $10, with SJIMA mem­bers and those 18 and under admit­ted free. Mon­days are Pay as You Can Days. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion vis­it

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