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Exhibition Venue: The Gallery@ the Library
Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Exhibition Dates: April 11 - July 11, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday April 11, 2-4pm.

Public Lecture: Monday April 13, 6:30pm, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, Auditorium.

This exhibition is presented by Scottsdale Public Art.

The Scottsdale Reef, the New York Reef and the Chicago Reef installed in the The Gallery @ The Library in the Scottsdale Civic Center, 2009. Photos by Anna Mayer.

The IFF exhibition of the Crochet Reef Project opened in Scottsdale AZ on April 11, 2009. The show is the biggest exhibition of the project to date and now includes the work of almost 500 people.

List of Scottsdale Reef Contributors

Maria Abate, Denise Abell, Karen L. Adams, Rosemary Ahmann, Louisa Aikin, Jane Alanen, Celeste Allen, Hannah Allen, Laura Ashton, Patrick Asuncion, Judi Axlund, Gail Baker, Annie Baxter, Jonette Beck, Barbara Bell, Melissa Bergeron, Catherine Besler, Marybeth Besler, Pam Betz, Patricia Bliss, Therese Bliss, Sarah Bodney, Susanne L. Boydston, Joanne Brakatselos, Hanna Breetz, Ann Brenner, Erica Segal Brown, Beth Brumhall, Margaret Bruning, Patricia Bush, Katherine Cade, Jane Canby, Beverly Carroll, Heather Charles, Helene Charles, Cynthia Clark, Susan Clark, Tane Clark, June Cleveland, Lori Cline, Sylvia Cooper, Kimberly Cothern, Cindy Crandall, Darlene Crawford, Diane Crawford, Marilyn Crehan, Crochet Club of the Springs of Scottsdale, Kathy Cunningham, Bobbie Daley, Nancy Dallett, "Ellen Davis in memory of Gladys Hill and Ethel Nason", Rose Delmonico, Emily Detrick, Carol Diehl, Mariann DiMatteo, Marian Dort, Shirley Dupre, Olga Egyed, Teri Eichhorn, Kathleen Escobedo, Debbie Everett, Valerie Fair, Brandy Felts, Beatrice Ferraro, Elisabeth Ferris, Diane Field, Bethany Fisher, Diana Fisher, Valerie Fleming, Lorraine Florence, Jean Fox, Pat Fricke, Goldie Furman, Christine Gerbino, Joan T. Geringer, Debra Gettleman, Max Gibbons, Carol Gibson, Marty Gibson, Kathy Glady, Sybil Goldberg, Marge Gooderham, Estelle Gracer, Diane Graham, Donna Greco, Emily Greco, Marcia A. Griswold, Ruth Guth, Jeanne Haber, Patricia Haddy, Stephanie Haddy, Lorraine Hari, Judy Harmony, Dorinda Lee Hartson, Marla Hattabaugh, Dawn Hauch, Val Haugen, Sam Hawken, Michelle Hawkins, Gwen Hayes, Mary Healey, Tiffany Henderson, Teresa Henneberry, Rona Herman, Val Hilburgh, Diane Hughes, Chris Irish, Donna Isaac, Barbara di Jeannene, Jan Jensen, James Johnson, Erin Jones, Paulette Jones, Dana Jordan, Cecile Kaufman, Linda Kennedy, Mandy Klassen, "Marcella ""Sally"" Klemme", Suzan-Oda Knese, Sarah L. Knowles, Edna Langley, Janet Larkin, Sandra Larkin, Shelly Leichter, Mary Leshin, Levi, Marianne Levin, Lydia Lewis, Sally-Heath Lloyd, Deborah Lockett, Carli Longpre, Paige Lust, Jodi Maas, Janet Malka, Prudence Mapstone, Barbara Marini, Barbara Marshall , Frances Martinez, Lily Martinez, Melissa Martinez, Debbie Mattera, Laurie Mayhew, Rachel Mayotte, Chantel McBride, Tara McCay, Jean McConnell, Terri McCook, Kelly McDowell, Holly McGuire, Jean McLarnon, Janet Mehren, Sharon Menges, Belle W. Merwitzer, Ginny Mettille, Susie Miller, Megan Monks, Laurel Morley, Deana Monsef, Marlies Muschalle, Pearl Musenbrock, Sally Nave, Terry Neal, Billie Nightingale, Lael Nord, Amy Osteen, Tony Pantera, Debbie Parker, Carol Parsons, Barb Pavoni, Ellen Peck, Phoebe Perryman, Robin Pettett, Nancy Pimentel, Lucilla Pisani, Barbara Plowman, Lucelle Prindle, Njeri Pringle, Sarafina R., Gianna Raffino, Jonelle Beck-Raffino, Sophia Raffino, Martha Ross Raisanen, Wendy Raisanen, Amanda Redman, Ute Rhame, Lora S. Riordan, Blanca-Lydia Rivera, Maria Elena Rodriguez, Elaine Rowles, Francine H. Rubin, Laura M. Ruffalo, "Jennifer ""Ginger"" Ryan", Patricia Sahertian, Milena Santiago, Roberta Sauerweins, Rosita Saw, Deana Schaffino, Ellen Andres Schneider, Barbara Schnittman, Linda Shirey, Rasheda Smith, Marilynn Solley, Victoria St. Clair, Caneda Stalker, Barbara Standley, Gandolfa Stegmann, Ellen Stobaugh, Nancy Stone, Rita Stone, Stephanie Taber, Ruth Teller, Nancy Tepes, Jackie Topus, Gloria Traicoff, Anne Trudell, Evie Tweit, Joan Ulinski, Syeda Umar, Tori Varela, Mary Vogel, Janet E. Wagner, Sally Walker, Chrsitine Walther, Nancy Wanek, Marian Wanner, Jen Ward, Claire Warshaw, Ariel Watson, Katherine Weaver, Jennifer White, Mary Whitney, JoAnn Williams, Suzy Wnuck, Elizabeth Wolfenbarger, Bob Wood, Nancy Yahraus, Pate Yerger, Virgie Zenner

List of IFF Core Reef Contributors to the Scottsdale Exhibition

IFF Core Reef Contributors whose works are on show in the Scottsdale Exhibition:

Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim (CA, Australia), Daina Taimina (NY), Sarah Simons (CA), Evelyn Hardin (TX), Dr Axt (OR), Heather McCarren (CA), Helen Bernasconi (Australia), Marianne Midelburg (Australia), Barbara Wertheim (Australia), Helle Jorgensen (Australia), Anitra Menning (CA), Shari Porter (CA), Vonda N. McIntyre (WA), Ildiko Szabo (UK), Nancy Lewis (VT), Sue Von Ohlsen (VA), Rebecca Peapples (MI), Clare O’Callaghan (CA), Eleanor Kent (CA), Kathleen Greco (PA), Aviva Alter (IL), Catherine Chandler (IL), Nadia Severns (NY), Arlene Mintzer (NY), Anita Bruce (UK). With Alicia Escott, Erika and Monika Simmons, Pate Conaway, Paula Peng, Allie Gerlach, Spring Pace, David Orozco, Karen Frazer, Karen Page, Lynn Latta, Barbara Robinson, Kristine Brandel, Cindy Bennish, Diana Simons, Dagmar Frinta, Jill Schreier, Pamela Stiles, Barbara Van Elsen, Njoya Angrum, Siew Chu Kerk, Jessica Stapp, Kat Ramsland, Barbara Wakesfield, Amber Reyes, Ranu Mukherjee’s class at CCA, Katy Bevan, Rosy Sykes, Beverly Griffiths, Denise Quinn, Sara Noble, Lucinda Ganderton, Christina Bliss, Lily M. Chin, Sally Giles, Anna Mayer, Jemima Wyman, Elizabeth and Ann Wertheim. Plus unknown doillie makers and Chinese factory workers.

On display, in addition to the IFF's Core Reef Collection, is also the New York Reef, the Chicago Reef ,and the newly minted Scottsdale Reef. These three magnificent Satellite Reefs are displayed here in a gigantic atoll-like configuration that we collectively term "The People's Reef."

On this web-page we showcase a collection of images of this beautiful exhibition. This photo portfolio will be added to as we do further shoots of this astounding totality.

This exhibition is presented by Scottsdale Public Art.

The New York Reef and the Chicago Reef (detail). In the background is Dr Axt's "Whiticus-Reeficus - Reefer Madness II".

The totality of "The People's Reef" - a conglomeration of the Scottsdale Reef, the New York Reef and the Chicago Reef. Hanging above is a forest of video-take kelp by Christine Wertheim and Evelyn Hardin. Along the back wall are cases displaying the IFF's "precious" collection of special coral marvels.

"The People's Reef" (foreground). In the background is the IFF's Ladies Silurian Atoll. Hanging above is Helen Bernasconi's 30 foot long hyperbolic Sea Monster and Marianne Midelberg's timeless mound of carnation coral.

Detail of the Scottsdale Reef.

The totality of the Scottsdale Reef - the collective work of more than 250 citizens of Arizona (and a few would-be Arizonans, from as far away as Australia.) More information about the creation and production of the Scottsdale Reef may be seen on the Scottsdale Reef page of this website.

Voodoo-alter feature of the New York/Chicgo Reef conglomeration, with "bunny ears" model borrowed from the Scottsdale Reef. Helen Bernasconi's Sea Monster hangs in the background.

The totality of "The People's Reef" - a conglomeration of the Scottsdale Reef, the New York Reef and the Chicago Reef. Hanging above is a forest of video-take kelp by Christine Wertheim and Evelyn Hardin. Dr Axt's "Whiticus-Reeficus" sits serenely in the background.

Detail of "The People's Reef" featuring the New York Reef and Chicago Reef.

Evelyn Hardin's "White-Spire Tubeworm Grove" along with "cup coral" clusters by Arizona Reefer

The IFF's "Branched Anemone Garden" (left) and "Plastic Exploding Inevitable Reef" (at right), featuring hot pink Jelly-Yarn sand by Kathleen Greco. Hanging above the PEI Reef are video-tape kelps by Christine Wertheim and an exquisite flock of plastic jellyfish forms by Arlene Minzter.

The "Plastic Exploding Inevitable Reef", featuring hot pink Jelly-Yarn sand by Kathleen Greco. Hanging above are video-tape kelps by Christine Wertheim and an exquisite flock of plastic jellyfish forms by Arlene Minzter.

The IFF's "Toxic Reef", featuring plastic-bag amenones by UK Reefers Lucinda Ganderton, Beverly Griffiths and Katy Bevan; plastic-bag corals by NY Reefer Siew Chu Kerk; plastic trash kelp forms by Christine Wertheim and Ranu Mukherjee's class at CCA; wall-mounted diatom forms (made from plastic shower-curtain rings and cable ties) by Evelyn Hardin.

Christine installing the IFF's "Toxic Reef", her curatorial masterpiece.

The Blue Reef, made from used New York Times plastic bags by LA Reefer Clare O'Callaghan. [Better photos coming soon.] Clare is a master of plastic-bag crochet.

The IFF "Midden" - two year's worth of Margaret and Christin'e domestic plastic trash piled into a heap and adorned with plastic crochet Midden Monsters by Evelyn Hardin and Christine Wertheim. Decorating the Midden are large shrink-wrap anemones by Pate Conaway and exquisitely delicate sea-scapes painted onto discarded plastic takeout boxes and wrappers by CA artist Alicia Escott.

Evelyn Hardin's "White-Spire Tubeworm Grove" with Dr Axt's "Reefer Madness" hanging above.

Nancy Lewis's enigmatic sea monster points the way to the digital future.

Ladies Silurian Atoll (detail), featuring giant orange coral by Christine Wertheim and white spires by Evelyn Hardin. Photo © The IFF.

The Institute For Figuring is pleased to announce that the Crochet Reef will be showing in Scottsdale AZ during spring and summer 2009. This is the Reef's first exhibition in a desert state and we are thrilled that these handicrafted sea forms will be in a setting surrounded by the magnificent cactus gardens of the Scottsdale Civic Center complex. The exhibition will also feature the debut of the brand new Scottsdale Reef that has been constructed by citizens of Arizona in the months leading up to this show.

On Monday April 13, join IFF director and Crochet Reef co-creator Margaret Wertheim for a lecture about the project and its many evolutionary and community off-shots. Both the reception and lecture are free to the public.

For more information about the exhibition see: ScottsdalePublicArt.org
For more information about the Scottsdale Reef see: ScottsdaleCoralReef.com

Ladies Silurian Atoll (detail), featuring anemone tree by Chicago Reefers, felted coral pieces by Helle Jorgensen, and rubble corals by Margaret and Christine. Photo © The Institute For Figuring.

Also on exhibition will be the Chicago Reef and the New York Reef.

  • The Chicago Reef was created under the auspices of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Chicago Humanities Festival. A full list of Contributors to the Chicago Reef may be seen here on the Chicago Reef page.
  • The New York Reef was created under the auspices of the New York institute of the Humanities, the New York Crochet Guild and the Harlem Knitting Circle. A full list of Contributors to the New York Reef may be seen on the NY Reef page.
  • A full list of Contributors to the IFF Core Reefs may be seen here.