BELMAR, NJ — Artists who work with textiles — in different forms and styles — are showcased in Belmar Arts Center’s current exhibit, which runs through April 24.
The Fiber Arts Plus Show features 40 entries that are diverse in both materials and methods. On the materials side, fabric, yarn, metal, found objects, wood, rush, wheat, beads and felt are among the items used. And in terms of fiber-related media and techniques, many of these artists used quilting, crocheting, weaving and coiling, as well collage and assemblage to create their artwork.
The exhibit is being held during Women’s History Month “to highlight the traditional textile works of women and how they have evolved from being viewed as merely functional objects into expressions of meaning and art,’ said Sheila Kramer, the show’s committee chair.
It also an outgrowth of the BAC’s Fiber Friday group, which brings together artists with shared interests. “We have a core group of about 10 to 12 members who meet every other month to share our current projects and try out new techniques. The group has attracted artists who work in a variety of media,” said Kramer, who started out as a traditional quilter about 17 years ago and soon began to make fabric collage art quilts to enter into quilt shows and challenges.
“Our group had a small show in the BAC lounge in December and it was so successful that we decided to plan a ‘fiber plus’ show, open to the public, as part of the regular 2020 schedule of shows at the BAC,” added Kramer, who serves as the group’s coordinator.
In addition to the show’s entries, BAC trustee Dorsey Lucas has filled the entire back wall of the gallery with a display of textiles, including clothing, dolls, baskets and decorative needlework from all around the world and collected by generations of her family.
As another bonus, artist Louise Krasniewicz contributed an item from her collection on molas — handmade textiles that are part of traditional women's clothing from the Kuna people of Panama.
BAC postponed the show's March 14 opening reception, which will feature the artists describing their work, inspiration, media and techniques. (Check back to confirm a new date and time.)
BAC is located at 608 River Road, on the corner of Seventh Avenue near the railroad tracks.
Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
Belmar Arts Council (BAC) was established in 2004 as a volunteer-based organization with one major mission: To bring people together to discover, learn and celebrate the arts.
And one major vision: To develop the BAC as an inclusive community of artists with activities, education, and fellowship.
Its goals are to encourage the arts and support artists, to bring arts programming and education to all and to use the power of the arts to benefit the community.
BAC relies on the support of its members, donors, sponsors and volunteers throughout the year. For more information, call 732-749-3360 or email email@example.com.
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