Co-Op Fine Art Gallery serving the Mountain Area since 1985.

Vivian Helena


Creating art is a big part of Vivian's day. "All sorts of ideas float around in my mind, pinning them down is the fun part. I love Mixed Media Fiber Art, because it gives me free rein to create and surprise the viewer."


She works in Fiber and Gourds primarily, but also enjoys creating new pieces of jewelry from her collection of beads and found objects. She loves to add little surprises to her art quilts. When viewing her pieces you can see the texture added from hand stitching and beading.


Teaching fabric dyeing at her home studio in Coarsegold is also one of her passions. "I am not exacting about the process, but spontaneous, and the surprises that come after the fabric is washed and ironed is inspirational.


Vivian attends several Retreats a year connecting with other Artists, sharing ideas and new techniques, which she brings home to the mountains, to share with her friends and local Sierra Mountain Quilt Guild.


"I love seeing faces light up when they enjoy and connect with a piece I have designed, that is pure joy."


Vivian's fiber art can be quiet and thought provoking, or wild and colorful. Her series "kites" are a mix of ideas and fabrics. They give the impression of flying high in the sky with a tail of ribbons, beads and yarns.


She is a member of Studio Art Quilting Assn., National Quilting Assn., Sierra Art Trails Home Studio Tours, Yosemite Western Artists, Sierra Mountain Quilters, Madera Arts Gallery, Postmarkd'art, and an active member of P.E.O. Vivian is also known for her paintings, photography, gourds and jewelry. She has won numerous awards and her art is in corporate and private collections.

40982 Hwy. 41 • Oakhurst, California 93644 • 559/683-3345 • Monday-Sunday 10am-4pm Closed Major Holidays