Opening reception took place on Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
This is not your grandmother’s quilt! Merging craft and fine art, the art quilter “paints” with thread and “sculpts” with fabric, pushing the boundaries of fine art with new materials, techniques, and interpretations. Creative Force revels in the joy of fine craftsmanship and surprises the viewer with extraordinary effects in fiber and the breadth and diversity of its styles and subject matter. This exceptional exhibition, juried by fiber artist Chunghie Lee, challenges and inspires. Artists from Canada, France, Hungary, the U.K., Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the U.S. are included.
This exhibition comprising 50 eye-popping creations was juried from a pool of 384 entries received from 179 international artists. In this selection, audiences will see achievements they never imagined possible in fiber. A range of figurative, abstract, graphic, and painterly works express many themes: social/political, travel journals, homages to nature, personal memories, and complex relationships. These artists borrow from other media without hesitation, including painting, the graphic arts, photography, collage, felting, printing, and embroidery. With designs both bold and subtle, this exhibition is guaranteed to surprise and delight.
The tour of Creative Force is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Linda Shelhamer & Stephen Haraden
Dr. F. Douglas & Karla Carr, Ralph & Sheryl Costanzo, Gareld & Barbara Krieg