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Shape Shifters – Fibers, Threads and Fabric
April 12 – May 19, 2018

The Arts Center Gallery is open
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Admission is always free.

 

In the exhibition business sometimes things don’t always go as planned.  This exhibition began as a textile challenge last fall.  Artists were given the winter to work on their projects.  For many of our artists, life got in the way.  And they couldn’t complete their artworks.  This happens sometimes and, as the saying goes, we learn to roll with the punches.

In early March, realizing that the exhibition wasn’t moving forward as expected, I dropped size restrictions and contacted other textile artists and private collectors to insure that the exhibition would continue as planned. The exhibition title, Shape Shifters, expresses differences in perspective.  The notion that through the magic hands of artists, simple everyday materials are transformed—or shape shifted—into new, unique pieces of art.

SPECIAL EVENT!  Meet & Greet Lunch
Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00 pm

A great opportunity for the public to see the exhibit and visit with the artists. 
A homemade lunch will be provided for $5 or, if you prefer, bring your own. 
Please RSVP by May 7 for lunch to 701-251-2496.

The resultant exhibition features a group of fiber and textile arts including three-dimensional and two-dimensional artwork like quilts, baskets, weavings and more.  There are 15 artists involved, Lydia Richez-Bowman (Bismarck), Linda Olson (Minot), Sue Balcom (Mandan) Myra Olson, Joleen Reiland Lorenz, Emma Mickelson, Bonnie Tressler & Doreen Strode (all of Jamestown), Vicky Jo Bogart, Debra Richman, Virginia Dambach, Lona Daley Getz, Julie Richardson (all of Fargo), Jill Bredahl (Spiritwood) and Pamela Gordon Davis (Grand Forks).

Several of the artists have multiple pieces and including our newest Arts Center staff member Myra Olson.  Myra’s medium of choice is textile, not only does she create handmade artwork, but she raises the sheep, angora goats and alpacas that provide the raw materials for her pieces.

A particular “thank you”  to Vicky Jo Bogart and the Designing Quilters group of Fargo for adding some terrific work from their own textile challenges.

 

Feature photo: Rug Market, Virginia Dambach, mixed media fiber quilt, 2012