March 31, 2011

Fiber Show at "Weavings, Ink." Gallery

 I am delighted to have four works in a group fiber show at the Weavings, Ink. Gallery in Wrightsville, PA that opens this Friday, April 1.  Above is Deer and Mayapple, and below is The Old Bridge, which is just back from being exhibited at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
 Here's the details:
“200 Years in the Making”, a group fiber art exhibit  will be shown at the “Weavings, Ink.” art gallery at 208 Hellam Street (a.k.a. Rt.462), Wrightsville, York County, PA from April 1 – April 30, 2011.
This exhibit will include the work of these 3 York and 3 Lancaster County artists:
Ann Booth, tapestry weaver, York
Phyllis Koster, weaver; wall hangings, Hellam Township
Sylvia Lehman, contemporary basket maker, Elizabethtown
Vivian Narehood, contemporary weaver; wall hangings, Mt. Gretna
Deb Roberson, knotted miniature basket maker, Hallam
Sue Reno, contemporary quilt maker, Columbia

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 1 from 5-8 p.m.
A closing reception is on Saturday, April 30 from 1-5 pm. The reception is free and open to the public and many of the artists will be on hand to talk about their work. Refreshments will be served.

This group of artists represents over 200 years of experience in the medium of fiber. All of them are masters of their chosen craft and this is a great opportunity to see some of the amazing fiber work being done in Pennsylvania.
Also included are Watt & Shand #3, above, and Watt & Shand #10, below:
Here are the bios of the other artists.  I feel privileged to be in the company of such talent!

Ann Booth, Tapestries
Ever since I can remember I have worked with yarn. As an art student in the early 70’s I would come home from painting all day to knit. When I discovered tapestry in 1977, It was such a joy to realize I could combine my 2 loves painting and fiber. Although I stopped weaving for about 15 years to work in glass. Tapestry was always in the back of my mind. In 2004 I just stopped doing my sandblasted glasswork and returned to tapestry. Since than I have been enjoying the creative, and meditative process of tapestry. I love color and value change. I dye most of my own yarn in order to get just the colors I want, and to achieve value change you. Recently I have been using images of nature, to illustrate my own spiritual journey.

Sylvia Eisenbise Lehman, Contemporary baskets
I love textures, forms, possibilities and hardware stores. A complexity of contrasts and unexpected connections please me. I look for appearance rather than referencing function. With this attitude, the whole world becomes an art supply store. My favorite hiking paths in the woods and fields around my studio provide a wealth of potential. Some of my gleanings become handmade paper, allowing me to explore the correlation between pressed fiber and woven fiber. A traditional weave structure with unexpected and nontraditional resolution invites us to look at and consider everyday objects in a new way and perhaps helps us be present and alive to what’s around us.A friend who knows me well stepped into my studio one day and said,“You’re weaving your life.” I feel fortunate to “tell” myself in this way, but the main event is visual; a complexity of textural forms, contrasts and unexpected connections. I am a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and a participating artist in the PA Arts Experience. View the craft fairs and events I will be exhibiting and selling my baskets and paperwork by clicking my show schedule.

Phyllis Koster, Woven hangings
The craft of weavings has intrigued Phyllis Koster since the age of 12, when she was allowed to sit on the loom bench and weave at the Landis Valley Farm Museum in Lancaster, PA. While studying at Millersville University, she attended Penland School of crafts, near Asheville, NC, where she received most of her formal weaving training. In 1976, after graduating from Millersville University with a BA in Art, Phyllis started her own hand weaving business, The Flying Shuttle, now located in a renovated garage on their farm property. She has received awards from the Philadelphia Hand Weavers Guild, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Recent shows include an invitational show at YorkArts in 2007 and “Fiber Celebrated 2007” at the Durango (CO) Arts Center where she won the Juror’s Choice Award. She and her husband, artist, Robert Oughton recently opened a gallery in Wrightsville, PA called “Weavings, Ink.”.

Deb Roberson, Miniature baskets
Deb Roberson has been a baskets maker for over 30 years. Her focus of interest recently has been miniature knotted baskets in the Native American tradition. These exquisite baskets are measured in inches and are intricately woven.

Vivian Narehood,  Contemporary weaver
Vivian came to her love of weaving in the early 1970's when she won a raffle for a public radio station to take a weaving class at Fiberworks, a wonderful weaving studio in Oakland, California. She fell in love with the way fibers absorb and reflect light and color depending upon how they meet, encounter and interlace. She has been weaving ever since, despite numerous life changes. Increasingly, she dyes and spins her own fibers to accomplish the result she is looking for which is, in part, planned and, in part, incorporates some of the random unpredictability of nature. Her themes are always nature based, some-times pure inspiration from nature rhythms, sometimes an effort to evoke a particular scene of water, clouds, rocks, etc. She uses fibers of different textures and widths to create the effect she hopes to achieve.

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