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VISUAL: See Shirley Bunger’s multi-media artwork shown alongside student responses from her 10 week class this Fall.

Shirley Bunger – Artist in Residence: Stories

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Date(s) - 01/10/2022 - 03/25/2022
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Community School of Music and Arts


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Join us for a celebration of personal stories! See Shirley Bunger’s multi-media artwork shown alongside student responses from her 10 week class this Fall. In that class, Shirley led students through exercises that spent time exploring personal journeys of grief, joy, discovery, and re-emergence from the pandemic. Participants used vintage paper and ephemera to transform ordinary blocks of wood into visceral multi-dimensional collages.

Artist’s Statement: As a child, I spent much of my time with my head in a book or lost in a daydream. I loved stories and longed to be able to tell my own. But when, eventually, I tried to write my own stories, I found myself at a loss. I couldn’t make the words say what I wanted to say. Pictures and drawings and things seemed to convey so much more for me than words on a page.

My work celebrates my fascination with things that tell rich stories. I’m drawn to old books, magazines, letters, photos, and bits of paper we might find lying on the street, or lingering in the back of a junk drawer—items that once held great meaning, but are now likely to be overlooked or thrown away without a second thought. Using a range of techniques, from collage to sewing to printmaking, I reconfigure and reconnect these discarded pieces into new stories that give them new life and new meaning.

The exhibition is open to the public… Masks required.

  • Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

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The Community School for Music and Arts (CSMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit center for arts education, serving Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto and over 20 other Bay Area communities. CSMA is Northern California’s largest nonprofit provider of arts education programs. With a $6 million budget and 160-member staff and faculty, we are one of the ten largest community schools in the United States.

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