“Threads to New Worlds—A Collection of Fiber Arts” will be opening on Friday, May 3rd at Art Presence in Jacksonville. This juried show features 30 pieces of fiber art created by 24 artists from Oregon. Art Presence is located at 206 North Fifth Street in Jacksonville. The hours for this show are 11:00am until 5:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May, as well as on Memorial Day. An opening reception will be held on Friday May 10th with hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the gallery from 5pm-7pm.
This show is part of a year-long traveling exhibit sponsored by the Weaving Guilds of Oregon. The Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) was formed as a state wide organization in 1982, to share information, resources, education and to promote fiber arts throughout Oregon. This show will travel all over Oregon during the year. Members of the two local weaving guilds, The Rogue Valley Handweavers’ Guild and the Saturday Handweavers’ Guild are staffing this show and demonstrating various fiber arts including weaving, spinning and bobbin lace.
Three local fiber artists and weaving guild members have pieces in this show. Kathy Fennel is a creative weaver here in the Rogue Valley. Her unique woven photographs earned the Juror’s Choice award in this show. Another local fiber artist, Cindie Kitchen, won the Complex Weaver’s award with a beautiful handwoven scarf. Shirley McFarland, an accomplished weaver here in the valley is showing her talents in this fiber show with a wonderful woven pillow embellished with bobbin lace.
Today’s fiber artists continue to pursue the ancient art of weaving: Making wool yarn into rugs, silk and the new synthetic fibers into scarves and garments; cotton and recycled fibers and items into wall hangings and other items specially designed by the artists.
The 700-plus members of the Weaving Guilds of Oregon hope you will enjoy your visit to this great collection of fiber arts when it comes to Jacksonville in May.