Patterns of Meaning: Croatian Folk Life Traditions
April 24 - July 12, 1997

Promotional postcard featuring Croatian folk designs

Patterns of Meaning: Croatian Folk Life Traditions is a visual introduction to Croatian folk life traditions, this exhibition centers on folk dress and household textiles, complemented by historic illustrations, contemporary photographs, ceramic and stone models of village architecture, original naive art featuring village life and ritual artifacts. Much of it is the work of women's hands because women traditionally have been the nurturers and conservators of the nation's culture. As an introduction to Croatian folk life traditions, this exhibition at the Riffe Gallery centers on folk dress and household textiles, complemented by historic illustrations, contemporary photographs, ceramic and stone models of village architecture, original naive art featuring village life and ritual artifacts. Much of it is the work of women's hands because women traditionally have been the nurturers and conservators of the nation's culture. All tell of the history and values of the Croatian nation.

Featured artists include Jaga Babic, Ivan Lackovic Croata, Berislava Sanko Daugirdas, Viktorina Sanko, Lucija Peronic Sanko, Angelija Kocijan, Martha Stanic, Anka Gvozdanovic, Mary Tomc, Katica Bogdanovic, Dora Funda, Sister Ana Vukas, Miguel Vilhar, Josip Doljak, Ivan Kos, R. Mosinger, and Josip Generalic.