Posts Tagged ‘Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’

I visited the opening of Fiberart International 2016 and the all-day Fiberart Forum in Pittsburgh. The Forum is an all day, intensive walk through of the show, with artists speaking about their pieces, anchored by a key note speaker.

This is an exhibition of contemporary fiber art, shown both at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft, from May 6 – August 21, 2016.

Full disclosure: this tri-annual show was the single most important inspiration for me to become a fiber artist. I visited the show in 2004 and 2007 in wordless wonder. I longed to be able to create like these artists did, but this dream seemed far out of reach compared to the reality of my life at the time.

Then, after a moment of profound enlightenment, I changed my life and began a now 10-year quest to become a fiber artist.

By 2009 that road had taken me to membership in the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, the wonderful organization that organizes this show every three years. So returning to “the Burgh” meant reuniting with my dear friends in the FGP as well.

The keynote speaker this year was juror Tali Weinberg, Executive Director of the Textile Society of America, and her topic was “Engaging Injustice Through Textiles.” She caught my attention by making the observation that textiles are interwoven with the history of injustice.  Think: enslaved labor picking cotton. Think: labor exploitation in textile plants.  Consider Ghandi’s movement to create hand woven products in India to counter British dumping of cheap manufactured cotton goods.

Her words echoed in my mind viewing the Best in Show: “THIS Revolution Will Not Be Televised: #13 Protest Series,” by Penny Mateer in collaboration with Martha Wasik. It is a giant (94” x 77”) quilt of the images of 80 unarmed persons of color who have been shot by the police since 1999. The border lists their names, ages, where they were from, and the date of their deaths.

Some other pieces that particularly intrigued me were “Snellandschap Luchtweg (Fast Landscape Airway) by Pauline MM Nijenhuis from the Netherlands. It is a canvas painted then hand stitched, and a statement on time – the fast and slow of it.

Susan Kathleen Doyle’s “Columbia” is a two-piece dress made from an encyclopedia her husband discarded. The muted colors and workmanship mesmerized me, plus I’ve a special interest in the use of old paper.

Margery Amdur’s “Amass #6” transforms cut cosmetic sponges with ink, gouache, pastel pigment into a lush landscape that you want to visually dive into and not leave.

“Mending, Roe v Wade,” is a small but powerful piece by Lori Zimmerman that gives visual, visceral representation to the erosion of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal.

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred has now made five “Tagged” pieces.  Each one, for me, has had special, personal meaning (my childhood best friend’s father was one of the 120,000 persons of Japanese heritage forced into internment camps under FDR’s Executive Order 9066).  This one, Patty says, is the best. She has learned more about the people pictured, and been able to add more information to the tags.

Finally, Emily Jan of Canada delighted me with her flying wolf adorned with peacock feathers. “Ragnarök” refers to the Norse Twilight of the Gods. A mysterious and beautiful world indeed.

  • Jay Ressler and I have art hanging in the cafeteria at Harmarville HealthCare South, Guys Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. The show, called Photos and Fiber, runs March 29-May3, 2012. The phone number there is: 412.828.1300.
  • May 11 -July 22 is Tone it UP and Lenses and Filters at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. I have pieces in both of them. There are also several other shows opening at the same time — always a great celebration of art!

Upon Further Reflection, 2012, #1196, Photo by Jay Ressler, thread painting, hand embroidery, beading, 12 x 16.

Jay’s photo is of reflections of the Allegheny River and the North Side in the David L  Lawrence Convention Center. He played with it in Photoshop, then I played further with my stitching. Thus the title: Upon Further Reflection.

This piece was accepted into Lenses and Filters, which encouraged collaboration between fiber artists and photographers.  Perfect for Jay and me!

Art All Night

April 28-29, 4001 Willow Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

4 PM Saturday through 2 PM Sunday. “No fee, no jury, no censorship.”

Look for my large Contemporary Art Quilt “Not So Empty Lot” among the thousands of art works. There is also live music, childrens activities, cartooning all night, Make Art on Site, and  even free beer! I will be mostly at the Tee Shirt Sales table, helping the cause.

84th Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg

21 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. 717l236.1432

May 18 – June 21, 2012

Jewish Community Center, South Hills Branch

845 Kane Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15243

June 11-July

Jay Ressler and I will have about 20 pieces of art hanging in the lobby.

YART Sale, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

June 24, 2012 10-4

1047 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Many great art deals, in the Ressler Art Studios tent and all around!

Doo Dah Days

July 14, Allegheny Cemetery, Butler Street, Pittsburgh, 15201.

I give tours of the cemetery dressed in my Civil War costume.  A little art and a lot of history!

ARTday with PSA

August 4-5, 2012

Fe Gallery, 4102 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Art demos and more! I will have two pieces in the show.

Art Harvest

East End Food Co-Op, 7516 Meade St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208