Friday, December 2, 2011

Threads of Time

Here's the postcard for the exhibits coming up at Quinlan in Gainesville, Georgia.  My work is in the George and Anne Thomas Gallery.  As the card notes, there are another artist and two groups in other galleries of the Center.  Quinlan provides a very active visual arts center for the city of Gainesville and the surrounding north Georgia region.   I'll be giving a brief talk about my work on Thursday, December 8 at 5 p.m. along with a demo of tapestry making.  A reception follows at 5:30.


    

Members of Tapestry Weavers South will be exhibiting at Quinlan in the largest gallery space during 2013, and demonstrations and workshop will be scheduled during the show's duration.  I'll be posting more about that next year.  In fact, if you want to become a member of TWS so that you'd be eligible to exhibit with us, give me a comment and I'll put you in touch with Rosemary Smith, the membership chairman for TWS.  Our TWS exhibits have always been open to members to enter, rather than juried.  The resulting collection of works are always exciting, combining the tapestries of folks who are new to the field as well as those from people who've worked in tapestry for many years.  

On another note, Pat Williams and I went into Atlanta yesterday to see The Opulent Object, an exhibit of works by Jon Eric Riis, Richard Mafong, and Mike Harrison.  This is being shown in Museum of Design Atlanta on Peachtree Street, just across the street from the High Museum of Art and will continue through December.  The museum is open T,W, F, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.  

Jon Riis's work is incredible; I always stand before any of his tapestries just staring in amazement.  As the accompanying brochure says:
"Jon Eric Riis links his work (which is tapestry) to the ancestral textile tradition by using historical iconography and traditional techniques to articulate contemporary themes.  Many of his pieces reference myths, beliefs, and ideals of past cultures; they express the sacred and the ceremonial through their imagery and through the use of luxurious and sensual materials such as gold thread, freshwater pearls, crystal, turquoise, and coral beads.  In this way, Riis uses the tapestry genre to investigate issues of humanity, identity, and life."
Try to get there before it closes, if you haven't yet! I know that several of the tapestry study group in Atlanta met there earlier in the exhibition time.  Having an opportunity to see these pieces is well worth the charge of admission and the hectic drive into Atlanta, in my opinion!



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