BELMAR, NJ — Artists who work with textiles — in many forms and styles — are invited to participate in Belmar Arts Center's Fiber Arts Plus Show, which will run from March 10 to April 24.

“Fiber art is a form of fine art that elevates the use of textiles, such as fabric, yarn, natural and synthetic fibers, with the focus on the materials and on the techniques used to make art with these materials," according to the show’s call for art. "The emphasis is on the aesthetics, rather than the utility of the resulting work.”

The exhibit is open to artists who use fiber-related media and techniques, including quilting, weaving, wearable, felting, beading, basketry, knitting, crocheting, macramé, doll-making, embroidery, fabric collage, assemblage, altered books and surface design.

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And as a “plus,” artists can use any other type of creative mixed media that incorporates fiber-related techniques, including weaving with paper, stitching over paint on canvas, among other materials.

The show is an outgrowth of BAC’s Fiber Friday group, which brings together artists with shared interests, according to Sheila Kramer, group coordinator and committee chair for the upcoming show.

“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,” she said.

Using techniques learned as part of that group, artist Louise Krasniewicz created a quilt inspired by her new passion: romance comic books from the 1950s and 1960s. “I printed panels from the romance stories, concentrating on the teary-eyed women that those comics were famous for … and made them into a quilt which I embellished with the Fiber Friday techniques. My first quilt is a bit odd but makes me want to explore fiber techniques even further,” she said.

Fiber Arts Plus is open to artists of all ages and is not a juried show. Works entered must be original creations by the artist, completed within the past three years and not in violation of copyright or trademark protections from any other artist.

The online deadline for digital submissions has been extended to midnight on Friday, March 6. For BAC members, the fee is $20 for one entry and $10 for two entries. For BAC nonmembers, the fee is $30 for one entry and $20 for two entries. Click here to register.

Artwork must be dropped off on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BAC, located at 608 River Road.  Artwork delivered must match the digital submissions. For more information, contact the exhibit organizers at info@belmararts.org.

During an opening reception on Saturday, March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., artists will have the opportunity to describe their work, inspiration, media and techniques.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on Sunday, Monday and Thursday.

For more information, visit  Belmar Arts Center’s website, email info@belmararts.org or call 732-749-3360.

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF FIBER ART

During the duration of Fiber Arts Plus Show, Belmar Arts Center has scheduled the following fiber-related classes and workshops, opened to people looking to explore the fiber arts.

• March 18: Heirloom Easter Basket Weaving with Mary May

• March 20: Make a Magical Poppet with Louise Krasniewicz  

• March 25: Japanese Sashiko with Kate Eggleston

• April 3: Wheat Weaving with Christine Metzler

• April 4: The Josie Basket with Mary May

For details on the sessions, visit the BAC website by clicking here.

About Belmar Arts Council

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 info@belmararts.org.

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