Bodil Fox has had a longtime passion for art. Bocce ball? It‚Äôs all new.
Now, how about combining the two interests?
Funny you should ask. Fox and close to a dozen other artists did just that for ‚ÄúBocce Balls and Other Human Propelled Spheres‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ the newest exhibit at the Marilyn Citron O‚ÄôRourke Gallery at the Benicia Public Library.
Running through Oct. 18 with a reception this Saturday, the exhibit features the work of Fox, her husband, Larni Fox, Nikki Basch-Davis, Hedi Desuyo, Angela Fortain, Brian Giambastiani, Marty Jonas, Barbetta Lockart, Lisa Reinertson, Jack Ruszel, and Sabine Thompson.
Fox had no idea what her colleagues had planned when she submitted the proposal to meet the library‚Äôs entry deadline.
‚ÄúI was delighted and surprised I was accepted,‚ÄĚ Fox said.
All the participated artists entered new work, Fox noted. All were thrilled, with several bocce players among them while others observed a game to get the feel of it.
‚ÄúI asked them to do whatever inspired them,‚ÄĚ Fox said. ‚ÄúI was surprised that some of the who are used to doing two-dimensional work decided to do rounded balls and spheres.‚ÄĚ
Basch-Davis took the oil-on-canvas route, creating ‚ÄúHere We Go,‚ÄĚ a man rolling a bocce ball, with a second piece, ‚ÄúEyes on Target,‚ÄĚ of a man made out of clay. Noted Benicia woodworker Jack Reszel created an interactive ‚Äútree‚ÄĚ where a small globe is rolled down to the bottom.
Giambastiani‚Äôs ‚ÄúIn Motion,‚ÄĚ painted steel and glass, creates the illusion of bouncing glass balls.
Bodil Fox took one ball of fiber optics and made it into five fragile balls. Fontain‚Äôs ‚ÄúThink Globally‚ÄĚ is fiber and found objects with a second piece of egg shells and acrylic. And Lockart created a fiber ball with balls around it, naming the piece ‚ÄúThe Bocce Championship Celebration Got a Bit Out of Hand Saturday Night.‚ÄĚ
Jonas crocheted silk fabric and yarn into spaghetti strands while antique bocce balls were quasi-meatballs in ‚ÄúSpaghetti and Bocce Balls,‚ÄĚ an exhibit that begs grabbing so much, Fox added a DO NOT TOUCH sign.
Other entries include Thompson‚Äôs ‚ÄúCatcher in the Rye Grass‚ÄĚ of plaster, wire, fabric, modeling paste and acrylic paint.
Larni Fox used magnets to make his point about relationships creating a kinetic sculpture of wood, bamboo, concrete and acrylic.
Admittedly, ‚ÄúI was not sure at first I trusted the artists‚ÄĚ to adhere to the them, Bodil Fox said. ‚ÄúI talked to them along the way.‚ÄĚ
She is, however, thrilled with the final product.
‚ÄúSome of the art is something that has never been done before,‚ÄĚ she said.
Bocce Balls and Other Human Propelled Spheres runs through Oct. 18 with an opening reception Saturday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., O‚ÄôRourke Art Gallery, Benicia Library, 150 East L St.. For more, call (707) 746-4343.