'Textures' exhibit begins March 13

Feb 27, 2013
Photo by: Donated photos Above is Peggy Debell's "Limber Pine." Pictured below is "Embers," by Amy Putansu.

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will host an exhibition called "Textures," beginning Wednesday, March 13 through Saturday, April 6.  Gallery hours from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m.  Monday through Saturday. Textures celebrates the many forms and techniques of textile and fiber art. An artist’s reception will be held  from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22.
Textiles were first formally used as protection to the elements, social cues, and to soften, shield, and/or embellish living spaces. Most textile arts are began by spinning and plying to make yarn which in turn is made into fabric for clothing and soft furnishings such as quilts.  There are many forms of textile arts including embroidery, needlework, weaving, and quilting.   The exhibit celebrates the many forms and techniques of textile art.
The featured artists of Textures include Amy Putansu, Suzanne Gernandt, Liz Spear, Laurel Tewes, Peggy Debell, Elizabeth Garlington, Kathrin Weber, Catharine Ellis and Neal Howard.
Putansu is the fiber instructor in the Professional Crafts Fiber Program at Haywood Community College. A coastal Maine native and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she came to the mountains in 2008 to teach full time. Her background includes primarily weaving and the business of craft. As a full time studio artist from 1998-2005, her hand woven accessories and garments were exhibited nationally in wearable art galleries, boutiques, and fine craft shows. Currently Putansu's work explores new weaving techniques and incorporates hand dyed yarns. She began teaching others at places like Penland and Peter’s Valley about 10 years ago.
Gernandt is a highly regarded textile artist. Her works of art are made from her own hand-woven and hand-dyed cloth as well as other materials, to which she adds surface color by means of dying, painting and printing. By layering the colors, depth and complexity are created and there is interplay between texture and pattern, intense color and subtle nuance of shade.
Spear has been working with her hands since 1978, and is now a full-time craftsperson in Western North Carolina.  She is primarily a weaver of cloth and a maker of fine garments and accessories, as well as a line of exhibition-worthy coats, incorporating other fiber artists’ cloth and colors.  Teaching and demonstrating for North Carolina’s craft schools and craft organizations are an important part of her continuing to master her craft.
Tewes studied art at University of North Carolina in Asheville, where she began her love for painting murals. This became a 30 year career for Tewes.  She has painted on any surface she can get her hands on, such as a refrigerator that featured a large floating hot air balloon gliding over a landscape setting. Her style ranges from hyper realism to the abstract.  Laurel also works with various textile mediums, especially fabric. Her work reflects her traveled life and acquired tastes through her art career.
Debell’s love for sewing led to her career as a textile artist.  After years of creating works through a process called batik, Debell decided to take photography and various quilting courses. These courses led to Debell bridging the gap between digital technology and traditional handwork.  She took her new photographic and quilting skills and designed works that combined photographs with textiles in one frame.

“Whether its layers of inkjet medium painted in smooth strokes onto organdy; plastic netting melted into a recycled painter’s drop cloth, or stitching on top of it all, the textures that I create on cloth are as important to me as the photographs I print on them.”
Elizabeth Garlington loves living in Western North Carolina. She has found that the vibrant community of visual artists has enriched her creative life and support of her teaching and craft works of art.  She is a licensed teacher in art, gifted and special education.  Garlington crafts narrative art quilts via the process of fabric collage. She works to create, arrange, and document shapes, objects, and colors into a composition that illumines a point of time.
Weber has been dyeing and weaving since the late 70's. Weber weaves fabrics that are used for various motives such as decorative wall decor and bags. She particularly enjoys the flow of colors during the process of her work. She combines primary dye colors to make a full color palette for the fabrics she weaves.  Weber teaches workshops on dyeing and weaving through various schools such as John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School of Crafts.
Ellis has been a weaver and dyer for more than 35 years. After many years of teaching the Professional Craft Fiber Program at Haywood Community College, she now divides her time between studio work, research, and specialized teaching.  Ellis' work has been defined as woven shibori, which she has been developing and refining for nearly 20 years.  The applications of woven shibori have impacted a number of textile processes including dyeing, shaping, and other chemical treatments. She is currently working in collaboration with The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, developing a line of Jacquard woven textiles that combine industrial weaving with her own hand tied and naturally dyed shibori work.
A North Carolina native, Howard has been professionally engaged in the fiber arts for 23 years, maintaining both weaving and dye studios in Jackson County.  Using silk and silk blend yarns, she dyes and weaves them into scarves, wraps, and yardage.  Woven shibori, stenciling, masking, and embroidery further embellish her award winning jackets.
Textile and fiber art has been a long-standing heritage throughout many countries.  Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 exhibition, Textures, celebrates the many forms and techniques used in this glorious form of art.
For more information,visit the Haywood County Arts Council online at www.haywoodarts.org or www.facebook.com/haywoodarts.

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