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BlackRock Center Presents ‘Handcrafted: Fiber Art and Turned Wood’ Exhibit

February 1, 2018

The BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown is presenting a juried exhibition featuring fiber art and turned wood pieces in the center’s Kay Gallery through February 23.

   The regional juried exhibition “HANDCRAFTED: Fiber Art & Turned Wood” presents the work of 53 contemporary artists and fine craft artisans working in fiber art and turned wood. The exhibit was open to submissions from artists residing in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.

   The 23 selected works of fiber art feature traditional and experimental materials which employ textile techniques which include quilting, weaving, embroidery, knitting, sewing, beading, and mixed media along with current innovations in this evolving medium.

   The 38 selected works of turned wood include both functional and sculptural pieces created using the lathe, hand-held tools, and a steady hand to carve original turnings which demonstrate a wide range of forms which can be achieved on a rotating axis.

   Fiber Art entries were juried by Camille Anne Brewer, Curator of Contemporary Art at the George Washington University Textile Museum in Washington, DC, who selected works by artists Lynda Andrews-Barry, Sasha Baskin, Marina Baudoin, Atsuko Chirikjian, Linda Colsh, Catherine Day, Erika Diamond, Joan Dreyer, Zoya Gutina, Judy Kirpich, Alice Magorian, Dominie Nash, Yena Peace Park, Amy Wike, Katherine Wilson, and Dianne Miller Wolman.

   Turned Wood entries were juried by Fleur Bresler, a collector of turned wood who is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, who selected works by artists Tim Aley, Joseph Barnard, Douglas Bartos, Phil Brown, Michael J. Colella, Joe Dickey, Andy DiPietro, Richard Foa, George French, Bill Gray, Dan Greer, Steve Haddix, Carol Hall, Philip Hauser, Mark Heatwole, Brian Humbel, Michael Kehs, Jordon Kitt, David Milano, Tim Moore, William Price, Sherman Reeder, Bob Rotche, Lou Rudinski, Ann Ruppert, Paul Sandler, Ronald Sheehan, Donald Smith, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Mike Sorge, Rod Stabler, Michael Summers, David Swiger, David Termini, Jeannie Ureno, Richard Webster, and Stan Wellborn.

   BlackRock Center for the Arts is pleased to present “Handcrafted: Fiber Art & Turned Wood” in the Kay Gallery through Saturday, February 24. The galleries are open to the public and admission is free.

   BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries presenting more than 24 exhibitions per year, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes, workshops and camps in the performing and visual arts are offered for all ages.

   BlackRock Center for the Arts is centrally located in the heart of Germantown, next to the Germantown Public Library, at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874. Free parking is available in the lot at the rear of our building and along the street.

 

Captions:

Top: Turned wood - Black Ash Burl by Georgia French.

Next: Fiber art – Conflict No. 11 by Judy Kirpich.

Next: Turned wood – Life’s Journey by Tim Moore.

Next: Fiber art – This by Linda Colsh.

 

Images courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.

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