Northwest Art Center showcases fiber artists
With colors to delight the eye and textures to caress the hand, "From Sheep to Shawl" showcases the handiwork of four Minnesota fabric artists at the Northwest Art Centerís Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery, Minot State University, September 12 through October 17.
Public reception for the exhibit will be Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery, with artist Karen Aakre, Underwood, MN, on hand to demonstrate spinning.
Aakre has teamed with Katy J. Olson, Underwood, MN; Joan Jarvis Ellison, Pelican Rapids, MN; and Sharon Marquardt, Henning, MN to present the collection of feltmaking, spinning, weaving, fabric dyeing, knitting and crochet that comprises the exhibit.
From wool coverlets in traditional Norwegian weaving patterns, to Scandinavian knitted sweaters and mittens, to a shawl in a Bosnian star motif, to an Ojibway-inspired Dream Net, to the nearly lost art of Norwegian "Shinfeller," the works celebrate age-old techniques of fiber crafting still alive and well in the 21st century. Display cards offer viewers information on the history and cultural origins of the techniques represented.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.
The Northwest Art Center Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Northwest Art Center activities, call 701-858-3264.