Nationally acclaimed artist and Bay Area treasure Wendy Addison has enchanted us with her “objects for an imaginary life” ever since she opened her shop, Theatre of Dreams, in 1997 and filled it with her reworkings of antique toys, vintage decorations, and other ephemera. In the years since, her creations have been seen on Martha Stewart and other television shows, in books and magazines, and in product lines sold everywhere from boutiques to Bergdorf Goodman.
But who is the artist behind the art? What inspires her? And what is the secret to making the “imaginary life” real? Join us for a special evening with Wendy Addison as she answers these questions and shares what might be her most amazing creation yet.
Theatre of Dreams is Wendy’s ambitious handmade storybook complete with letterpress printing, evocative ephemera, hand-painted pages, and a built-in mechanical paper theatre. Available in a limited oversize edition, Theatre of Dreams brings together everything we’ve always loved about Wendy’s work. She describes the book’s story as “a fable about imagination,” and her talk promises to reveal some of the secrets which have helped her as an artist who brings imagination to life every day.
Seating for Wendy’s presentation in our upstairs gallery is limited, and she promises that the first 20 people to RSVP will receive not only a seat for the talk but also a special pack of vintage-style labels and artwork related to Theatre of Dreams. Even if you can’t make it to the talk, Wendy will mingle and sign books at the reception afterward, where all are welcome to join in the fun with refreshments and live music.
Wendy Addison’s Theatre of Dreams
Saturday, November 16, 2013
5:30 pm: Limited-seating presentation (must call to RSVP)
6:30 to 8pm: Festive reception with books, refreshments, and live music
Castle in the Air, 1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Wendy Addison and step into her Theatre of Dreams. RSVP for the 5:30 presentation by calling (510) 204-9801. (No RSVP necessary for the 6:30 reception.)
Theatre of Dreams will be available for purchase in-store at Castle in the Air at the event and throughout the holiday season, and can also be ordered directly from Wendy Addison.