Fiber Arts Exhibition opens Friday

The Central Iowa Art Association is proud to present the Fiber Arts Exhibition at the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown for the month of August. The exhibition opens Friday with a reception that evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and everyone is encouraged to visit this fascinating exhibition.

The work exhibited represents the efforts of the Iowa Art Quilters group. People participating in the show are: Rebecca Kemble, Rebecca Loew,

Barbara Riggs, Pat Weber, Ilene Bartos, Janet Bergeron, Janet Pittman,

Susan McIntyre, Sue Kluber, Sal Miller, Ann Iago, Linda Knierim, Wendy Read, Michelle Devine and Judy Ludwick.

The group formed about eight years ago and meets monthly in Grinnell. They are a group of women who have in common the love of textiles and fibers and a desire to combine them into art. Many of the members use lifelong skills of sewing and needlework and combine these with a deep appreciation of art.

Like other contemporary artists, they are a diverse lot. Some are very realistic in their interpretations, some are abstract and some are somewhere in between. The members come together to learn very uncommon techniques – burning fabric, bleach discharge, use various chemicals, marbling, rust dyeing, weaving, stitching, and not to mention just about anything that can be done with a sewing machine.

All in all, they have a lot fun in learning together and work to stretch horizons and support each other at every meeting.

This show was curated by Judy Ludwick from Grinnell. She said, “As curator of this exhibit, I am amazed at the amount and kinds of talent among our members. I have so much enjoyed bringing you this show and I hope you will find these works both appealing and intriguing.”