“Threads: A Survey of Fiber Art” celebrates the work of seven textile artists: Karen Arzamendi, Shirley Boudreaux, Pauline Crouse, Kristi DiClemente, Beverly Joyce, Aislinn Noltie and Melody Vydas. The exhibition runs until Oct. 27.
“The purpose of the exhibition is to show the possibilities of an art medium that is not often studied in art departments now,” said Beverly Joyce, gallery director and one of the participants. The exhibition includes contemporary quilting, weaving, felt making, embroidery, basketry and free form, three-dimensional stitching.
Two of the artists, DiClemente and Joyce, are professors at Mississippi University for Women. DiClemente is a medievalist historian who has contributed embroidered landscapes to the exhibition. Joyce teaches art history, and her work features weaving and felt making.
Boudreaux and Vydas are alumni of The W’s art department. Boudreaux earned an Master of Fine Arts in fiber art and is exhibiting three-dimensional floral designs created by free-form stitching on a sewing machine. Vydas is an independent artist who has contributed coiled baskets she made after attending a basketry workshop.
Arzamendi, who earned her MFA in studio fibers, features an array of textile techniques including quilting, stitching, weaving and basketry. She currently oversees the Columbus Arts Council gallery and teaches workshops in fiber art.
Crouse needle felts highly naturalistic images of animals that exude a touch of whimsy. She is originally from Scotland, educated in England and lived in Columbus until recently. Crouse is now in Virginia with her husband, former W theater professor Lee Crouse, and their children.
Noltie also lived in Columbus until recently. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in fiber art and has contributed refined cross-stitched patterned works. For her, the negative spaces created by the stitches are as fascinating as the cross-stitching itself.
A virtual reception, in keeping with restrictions due to COVID19, is in the planning stage. For more information, email Joyce, gallery director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located in Summer Hall, Mississippi University for Women Galleries are open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. following the university calendar. The Galleries are free and open to the public.
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