Our town has attracted talented artists for decades – painters, photographers, jewelry makers, weavers, sculptors. But I bet that St. Petersburg, FL-born Gina Gallina is the first artist to use crochet as her medium.
Gina has been crocheting since she was 8 years old and perfected her childhood skill during long drives on tour as a musician. Before she knew it hats, gloves and scarves became trees, furniture and bicycles. She never uses patterns and has gone way beyond the basic granny square, turning crochet into a whimsical art.
A Eureka Springs resident, Gina has exhibited her crochet work at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR. She is currently yarn bombing her way through the galleries, coffee shops, festivals and street corners of Northwest Arkansas and enjoys teaching others to do the same. In fact, her workshop at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts starts July 11th.
Recently, Gina yarn bombed the trees at Basin Spring Park in the heart of downtown. Here’s a sample: