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A detail from 'Tapestry,' by Florence Ridderhof, a member
Barbara Posey's 'Sycamore Tree/She' is on display as part of the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild's 'Community Artist Series: Fiber Art' show at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center.
A detail from 'In Flight,' by Lynette Reed. The sculpture is made
Students from the University of Mary Washington Museum Studies Department learn about some of the exhibits in the upcoming fiber art show.
BY BRIDGET BALCH
Art takes countless forms--from canvas and paint to marble and chisel, artists have utilized what was available to create something beautiful.
Two new exhibits at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center--Community Artist Series: Fiber Art, which opened Sept. 14, and Quilt National, to open Oct. 5--showcase how local and national artists have used all kinds of traditional and nontraditional materials to take their art beyond the canvas.
According to Lynette Reed, one of the local artists whose work will be displayed in the Fiber Art exhibit, fiber art is a multiple-medium form of expression.
The materials that the artists behind this exhibit have incorporated into their pieces include yarn, textured cloth, willow branches, metal coils, a freshwater pearl, silk, beads and a church's altar cloth, to name a few.
Rita Brown, another local artist whose tapestry weaving work is featured in the exhibit, says she learned to weave 50 years ago.
Brown said she uses all kinds of yarn, colors and patterns that are usually inspired by what she sees in nature.
The museum will continue its focus on textile art this fall with the Quilt National exhibit, which it has on loan from Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.
The traveling exhibit features work from artists all over the country who competed with fellow quilters for a spot in the show.
The museum will be displaying 25 pieces, about one-third of the traveling exhibit, simply because there is not enough space for the entire collection.
"We're getting a lot of calls from fiber art and quilt enthusiasts," said Ellen Killough, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center.
"The quilters in this area get real excited when something like that comes here," Killough said.
She believes that these two overlapping exhibits give the community a chance to compare and contrast local and national artwork.
The museum also has some historic fabric work from Fredericksburg's past, so visitors to the exhibits will be able to see how quilting and material artwork has drawn from the past and how it has evolved.
"It's part of the fabric of Fredericksburg," said Killough.
One of the Quilt National artists, Dominie Nash, will come from her home state of Maryland to speak and give a tour of the exhibit on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition, the museum will host a Second Saturday quilting program on Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The exhibits at the Fredericksburg museum are part of a wider local focus on textile and fiber art.
The University of Mary Washington Galleries and LibertyTown Arts Workshop will also feature textile and fiber art exhibits this fall.
The three institutions coordinated to provide the Fredericksburg community with a broader sense of fiber art.
UMW's exhibit will focus on national artwork, LibertyTown will feature local and regional work, and the museum will include local, national and international work.
Killough hopes that these exhibitions and events will give the Fredericksburg community a greater sense of what fiber art can be. She said that a lot of people see this type of art as "grandma's quilt," when it can really express an artist's creativity just as well as a painting can.
These three exhibits will unite as part of the Celebrate Fiber Arts! preview and reception on Oct. 25.
Trolleys will be running a route from the museum to the UMW Galleries to LibertyTown and back from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This program is also free and no reservations are required.
The Community Art Series: Fiber Art exhibit will run until the end of November and Quilt National will be displayed from Oct. 5 through mid-December.
Artwork by Reed, Brown and other local artists will be for sale in the Museum Store from Oct. 1 through Christmas.
Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444
Fall Fiber Art Events at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural CenterCommunity Art Series: Fiber Art
Sept. 14 through Nov. 30Quilt National
Oct. 5 through mid-DecemberSecond Saturday Quilting Program
Oct. 13, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Quilter Lecture and Exhibit Tour
Oct. 23, 7 p.m.Celebrate Fiber Arts!
Oct. 25, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.