Desert Fiber Arts - Metamorphosis - January 3 to 27, 2017
Desert Fiber Arts “Metamorphosis 2017”
January 3 – January 27, 2017
Artist Reception, Sunday, January 8, 1:00 pm
The Parkside Gallery will be embellished and warmed this month with beautiful hand spun and knitted lace shawls, woven baskets, hand-woven items for the home as well as clothing, art pieces and wall hangings. The show is always a delightfully colorful event that warms the heart in the cold days of January. There will be a display of looms and spinning wheels, along with docents demonstrating and available to answer your questions. Viewers will be seeing cotton as it is grown on plants, spun, and woven into lace tea towels, as well as wool going from fleece to finished lace. This show is educational as well as visually and emotionally stimulating.
Show coordinator Susan Schmieman says, “The theme this year “Metamorphosis 2017” is based on change of fiber to cloth, much like going from the cocoon to a butterfly. You will be amazed! Our featured artist for this show is fellow Desert Fiber Arts member, weaver and fiber artist Christine Simonen of Richland, WA.”
Be sure to stop by the Gallery to see the show and please come to our reception on January 8 where you may meet and talk with many members of Desert Fiber Arts.
Artwork pictured by Christine Simonen
Through the continuing generosity of the family and friends of long-time Board member Bette Szulinski, Allied Arts is able to present this annual award. The recipient is a recognized member artist who has distinguished themselves with excellence of craftsmanship in a three-dimensional medium during the previous year. Bobi Wilson is our selection for the 2016 Szulinski Award.
Bobi’s work has been featured in galleries and events throughout Washington State receiving numerous awards. Bobi says “through jewelry, small sculpture and bookart, I discover and reveal the Magnificent in the Mundane and the Universal in the Everyday”. She uses traditional metalsmithing and bookmaking skills when she can. When she finds she cannot, she transforms metal, stone, wood, bone and paper into art meant to be held and explored. Bobi states she attempts “to find the connection and share it”- making her work both intimate and infinite in the palm of your hand. You are invited to view a special collection of Bobi’s artwork at the Gallery this month.