JGallery Celebrates Fiber Art

JGallery Celebrates Fiber Art

In partnership with JGallery, Austin Fiber Artists presents “Celebrating Fiber” from Dec. 4, 2017 through Jan. 22, 2018 on display at the Shalom Austin Jewish Community Center. This exhibition will showcase the variety of fiber art and the depth of talent in the Austin fiber community. Each artwork is unique and represents the distinct voice of the artist.

The opening reception on  Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m., will feature comments from the AFA president and artists will highlight the variety of fiber techniques including weaving, felting, quilting and beading.

The objective of this show is to share the joy and enthusiasm for the diversity of fiber art. Austin Fiber Artists have unique backgrounds and experiences and work with a variety of materials.

While some incorporate traditional materials, others push the limits by including nontraditional materials, methodology and applications of fiber.

Participating artists include Sherri Lipman McCauley, Lorraine Bier, Donna Bone, Patricia Day, Debra Goley, Dianne Hegebarth, Catherine Hicks, Linda Kim, Mary Macaulay, Anita Mester, Linda Miles, Susie Monday, Mary Nailos, Amy Nelson, Judy Row, Sara Sharp, Marinda Stewart, April Sullivan, Mary Ann Vaca-Lambert, Marie Welsch, Gay Young, Samantha Conklin, Kelly Hogan, Katie Winter and Patrice Meffley.

AFA member and an artist participating in the exhibit, Lorraine Bier explained she works in fiber because it takes the homey familiarity of fabric and sewing into surprising places using beautiful textures and colors.

“I paint dye on silk because the process is frequently uncontrollable and the results can be uncertain, but when it works out, it's magical,” she said.

Marinda Stewart, another artist participating in the exhibit and AFA member, explained her medium is fabric.

“It is usually the source of inspiration for a quilt or art piece. Any technique available can be used on a piece - appliqué, piecework, beading, metallic threads. As the piece comes together, elements are added until the result is pleasing.”

Painting on fiber was the first step on Marie Welsch’s artistic path.

“I discovered that there were many other art quilt avenues to explore and develop. It has been a fun, rewarding and energizing journey every step of the way,” said the AFA member and artist who is participating in the JGallery exhibit.

Participating artist and AFA member Sherri Lipman McCauley said, “I like to work extemporaneously and in the abstract. Bright colors excite me. I typically work in the moment, working with paints and dyes on fabric. The simple line of a geometric shape, the blast of a colorful line, or the contrast of black against white makes my canvas sing.”

Austin Fiber Artists is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development.

Recent Austin Fiber Artists exhibition venues include the Dougherty Arts Center, the Pflugerville Library, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Copper Shade Tree. ■

For more information visit austinfiberartists.com. "Celebrating Fiber" is on display at the JCC, 7300 Hart Lane, Dec. 4-Jan. 22. Opening reception is on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

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