Conversations in Stitch, an exhibition of fiber art by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition, will be on view at the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin, January 23 to March 20, 2011. An Opening Reception is scheduled from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on January 23.
The Fiber Artists Coalition is made up of Professional Artist Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) from the upper Midwestern United States. FAC curates traveling exhibits of its members' works.
Members employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge. Some members have published books about their artistic processes and are in demand as teachers and presenters. Many exhibit their work in juried group and solo exhibitions within and beyond the U.S. The sixteen members whose works are included in this show are Frieda Anderson, Astrid Hilger Bennett, Kathie Briggs, Shelley Brucar, Jennifer Conrad, Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Clairan Ferrono, Linda Witte Henke, Kasia, Peg Keeney, Pat Kroth, Casey Puetz, Gwyned Trefethen, Laura Wasilowski, Maggie Weiss, and Trish Williams.
In making selections for the exhibition, co-curators Gwyned Trefethen and Linda Witte Henke choose works that are likely to spark “conversations” with viewers or other pieces on display. Trefethen explains, “There are multiple ways to interpret trees or unexpected fabric and embellishment choices. I chose work that I hoped would cause viewers to stop, question and ruminate.” A feature unique to this exhibit, “Conversation Cards” will enable viewers to communicate responses and address questions directly with the artists.
Visit the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ website at http://www.saqa.com. Learn more about the Fiber Artists Coalition at http://www.fiberartistscoalition.com/ and its blog, http://fiberartistscoalition.blogspot.com/.
List of participating artists with location of residence:
Frieda Anderson, Elgin, IL
Astrid Hilger Bennett, Iowa City, IA
Kathie Briggs, Charlevoix, MI
Shelley Brucar, Buffalo Grove, IL
Jennifer Conrad, St. Paul, MN
Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Mattawan, MI
Clairan Ferrono, Chicago, IL
Linda Witte Henke, Indianapolis, IN
Kasia, Delafield, WI
Peg Keeney, Harbor Springs, MI
Pat Kroth, Verona, WI
Casey Puetz, Waukesha, WI
Gwyned Trefethen, Appleton, WI
Laura Wasilowski, Elgin, IL
Maggie Weiss, Evanston, IL
Trish Williams, Chicago, IL (above image "Save Darfur")