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Archive for January, 2009

Berenice Pliskin’s “Hudson View towards Hoboken” now on display at the Paramount Center for the Arts, through February 28.

REVIEW OF “NARRATIVE THREAD” by Bonnie Epstein

LAST WEEK FOR THIS EXHIBITION
— CLOSES JAN 31.If you are interested in hand embroidery and will be in NYC this week, try to see Narrative Thread. Co-curated by Orly Cogan and Michael Lyons Wier, Narrative Thread is an invitational exhibition featuring the work of 15 international fiber artists.

Narrative Thread
Lyons Wier- Ortt Gallery
175 Seventh Avenue @ 20th St, NYC, NY
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM.

Bonnie wrote: “As a hand embroiderer I was particularly intrigued by the work of three of the exhibiting artists: Cayce Zavaglia, Darrel Morris and Adam Cohen.

Each of them chose embroidery after having worked in other media, and it is immediately obvious that each is well aware of the potential of his or her new medium. Their work is fresh, honest, straight forward and deliciously untainted by trite embroidery-related irony, prejudice or politics.

Zavaglia’s background as a painter is definitely evident in her powerfully expressive stitched portraits. Both “Elly” and “Gregg” appear to have been painted with a carefully wielded palette knife rather than with a needle and yarn.

Morris’s intimate, evocative, snapshot-like scenes such as “Homemade Hair Cut” and “My Brother’s Keeper” are composed of applique covered with richly textural stitching.

Cohen, a glass and wood artist in his early twenties, discovered stitching while studying in Japan. Each of his meticulously outlined and satin stitched robotic army ants and his “Killer Bee” stand in stark contrast to its camouflage fabric environment. Cohen’s work is glaringly political without apology, but the political message is totally unrelated to his medium.”

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TEXTILE STUDY GROUP OF NEW YORK PROGRAM

Mordant Tears by Polly Baron, 48″ x 48″, Pictorial ikat, painted ikat warp.

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The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY) invites you to attend a presentation by artist Polly Barton at their January Meeting.

Date and Time: 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Location: Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), New York City, NY
Admission: $5.00 Special Guest Fee for members of other textile organizations;$10 Fee for unaffiliated guess attending a TSGNY meeting.

ROCHESTER, NY OPENING NIGHT FOR RAFA “NEW YEAR, NEW DIRECTIONS” EXHIBITION

Despite an Arctic front that held temperatures in the single digits, a record-setting 211 people attended the opening reception for Rochester Area Fiber Artists’ (RAFA) new exhibit at the city’s Arts and Cultural Council Gallery. NY State Rep Jeanne Beck’s “Parables 4” is one of the pieces in the exhibition.

“New Year, New Directions” features work by 23 RAFA members; visit the exhibition Mon – Fri, 10 AM- 4:00 PM until January 30, 2009 at Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Gallery, 271 North Goodman St., Rochester, NY.

EXHIBITION

One of Berenice Pliskin’s silk paintings, “Hudson View towards Hoboken” is currently being shown in a group exhibition by area artists at the Paramount Center for the Arts. The Paramount Center for the Arts is located at 1008 Beacon Street, Peekskill, NY.

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CYNTHIA SCHIRA IN ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM’S 30TH JURIED SHOW

JAZZ, by Cynthia Schira, 72″ h x 108″ w, woven on a Jacquard loom, is part of the Allentown Art Museum’s 30th Juried Show, February 1- April 26, 2009.

The opening reception is January 31st, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The Allentown Art Museum is located at 31 North 5th Street, Allentown, PA, 18108.

NEW YORK GUILD OF HANDWEAVERS WORKSHOP OFFERED

Silk Fusion with Karen Selk
1 1/2 day workshop

Presented by the New York Guild of Handweavers at the School for Visual Arts
214 East 21st St, New York, NY.

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and Sunday, March 29,2009, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

$120.00 members/$140.00 nonmembers. Materials fee: $75 per person, paid at workshop.

Send your registration check to: New York Guild of Handweavers c/o Susan Weltman, 71 Carroll St., Apt 5C, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

OPENING: PATTERNS AND PROGRESSIONS, LARRY SCHULTE: 25 YEARS ON PAPER
THE LOBBY GALLERY AT 499 PARK AVENUE


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Piggy Back by Elaine Longtemps

Elaine Longtemps Openings

Elaine Longtemps’ piece, “Piggy Back”, has been juried into the Allentown Art Museum’s 30th Juried Show, February 1 – April 26, 2009. If you are interested in attending the opening on January 31st, 6 -8 PM, please RSVP by January 29 by e-mailing events@allentownartmuseum.org The Allentown Art Museum is located at 31 North 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18101.

Another work by Elaine, “We Are But One World”, shown in a previous SDA blog, will be included in CONTINUUM at the George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042 from March 10 – April 11, 2009. An opening reception will be held on March 14, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

INVITATION:

You are cordially invited to attend the opening reception Thursday, January 8, 6-8 PM, for “Economies of Scale”, a juried exhibition of miniature works in fiber created by the artist members of the Textile Study Group of New York at the Phoenix Gallery. Dates: January 7-31, 2009.

Location: Phoenix Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue at 25th Street, Suite 902, New York City. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM.

“On the Move” by Linda Abrams, 53″ w x 57″ l.

Linda Abrams Announcement
Linda Abram’s work, “Wild Woman” won an award at the Quilt Nihon Japan, was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo and has been part of a traveling exhibit.

Linda describes this piece in her artist statement as “two powerful figures on the move. They are moving out of darkness into the light with conviction and vigor, confident and proud.”

Learn more about Linda’s art and multiple techniques for creating her work by visiting her website.

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