Fiber Forward: Contemporary Practices in Textile Art includes three distinct shows. Gallery one: Fierce Winds, organized by guest curator Deborah Weir – an exhibition focusing on fierce winds, a natural phenomenon tearing through the lives of people and leaving a trail of destruction. Weir’s mixed media art quilts and art cloth allow a space large enough to “blow up a storm” of activity and destruction. Gallery two: Confluence, with guest co-curators Inga-Gorsvans-Buell and Deborah Weir. This exhibition is in response to two issues of great importance: water and art. The exhibit utilizes a distinct range of media, and couples it with unique perspectives, resulting in an intellectually-compelling and visually-beautiful show. Gallery three: 24 x 80 featuring guest co-curators Art Cloth Network and Deborah Weir. This exhibit is a traveling exhibition showcasing art cloth artwork 24” wide by 80” long. Art cloth is fabric that has been transformed by adding color, line, texture, value, or additional fiber to create a compelling surface.
Also exhibiting in the Multipurpose and Hallway Galleries is the Print: Democracy In Art and Life - organized by guest curator Cathy Weiss. Artists have used prints to spread their ideas - political, personal and social, to broader audiences. This exhibition includes fourteen artists who demonstrate a commitment to social activism through their art, teaching, community organizing, and collaborations. Some of the artists featured in this show include Alison Saar and Ruth Weisberg.
Three special events in response to these extraordinary exhibitions will be offered. Friday, January 18, PVAC will host a unique Fiber Artists Art Talk to be offered to PVAC members from 5-6pm. Ladies, do we have a special evening planned for you! Come join artist Deborah Weir for a creative Silk Scarf dyeing workshop, Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. You will be using a simple and fun technique (no dye powders or scary chemicals) for transferring luscious colors onto a lovely long scarf which you will take home with you. Bring nothing but your desire for fun as the scarf and ALL supplies and equipment are included. Light dinner and beverages will be served! Lastly, a family monoprintmaking workshop with artist Poli Marichal, Sunday, March 3, 2013, 1:30-3:30 p.m., $20/parent and child (suitable for ages 5 and up). Enjoy some quality family fun time creating unique monoprints. Learn to apply colored inks to a Plexiglas plate using brushes and rollers, and then create textures and other effects using rags, stamping, stencils and Japanese paper appliqués before printing the image on paper. The resulting prints make exquisite little gifts and can be used to create note cards. Registration required for both workshops. Register today by calling 310-541-2479.