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REVIEW: Conception Art Show

Review by Sarah Ribbers for ArtsEarth

The Conception Art Show at Laughing Monk Brewery highlighted the talents of local Bay Area artists. This hip location in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco allowed patrons to sip on craft beers and listen to live music while mingling amongst displays of contemporary art. The eclectic mix offered art for all lovers and collectors; some made bold statements with color or 3-D glasses while others engaged viewers with much subtler tones, such the work of Mrs. Ciccoricco.

Natalie Ciccoricco’s pieces play with textures and color to create delightful mixed media works. Her eye-catching collages, though mostly small in size, draw viewers’ attention with each minute detail. Mrs. Ciccoricco contrasts vintage magazine cutouts and photographs with carefully stitched embroidery thread to create a cohesive piece.

Her themes vary, yet each piece is loyal to her unique style. Most striking is a series of pieces of black and white magazine cutouts paired with meticulously stitched butterfly wings. The wings are beautiful and delicate. These pieces encompass Natalie Ciccoricco’s style. Each piece is pretty, detailed and has wonderfully curious subject matter.

The Conception Art Show was an excellent opportunity to check out the talents of thirty-eight local artists. The atmosphere was exactly what you’d hope to find at a small art show—it was fun, casual, and an opportunity for up-and-coming artists and art fans alike to mingle and celebrate the diverse world of contemporary art.

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