For the October meeting, Nancy Barsic taught us how to resist dye on silk scarves by drawing on them first with school glue, and shared tips and tricks for color blending and texture. Enjoy this video of her sharing her wisdom of drawing and a dyeing technique that is surprising less messy that one might think.
Sioux City Art Center Selects is a regional juried/curated exhibition with accompanying programing designed to create a meaningful experience for both the selected artists and the Art Center’s audiences. Nine artists, including one outstanding collaborate duo, were selected by the Art Center’s director, Todd Behrens, and curator, Mary Anne Redding, based on digital images of submitted artwork and exemplary artists’ statements. Specific selections for the exhibition were chosen during follow-up studio visits by the Art Center’s curator in extended conversation with the individual artists to ensure that the exhibition presented not only a cohesive body of work that best representing the artists’ current thinking and creative goals, but that all the artists chosen were in powerful ways speaking to current events: climate change, species extinction, the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic, the effects of technology on the human psyche not to mention the planet, and issues of global surveillance. Each of the presenting artists is making a unique contribution to issues of on-going importance through their artwork.
For our Saturday program, Karen Donde of Karen Donde Handwovens gave us an inspiring glimpse into the life of Mary Meigs Atwater: a fellow Midwesterner with some family ties to Iowa, world traveler, weaver (but not really until later in life), author, occupational therapist, guild founder (and much, much more!). Atwater, an extremely bright, feisty, determined woman who in many ways was ahead of her time, continuously adapted and redefined herself to meet the extreme circumstances life dealt her.
It was an eye opener to learn about the depth and richness of the life behind the name of an author on a few books on our library shelf.
Huck weaving, characterized by its rich textures and intriguing color effects was the theme of this month’s program. Members Pat Higby, Karen Agee and Karla Stille of our Guild’s Huck Lace group have been busy the last few months experimenting with various patterns and designs, and treated us to an inspiring introduction to this technique with presentation of their recent works.
Side by Side is a quilting project encouraging Iowans to tell their stories of pandemic life through 10″x10″ quilt squares. Their goal is to receive 3000 squares to construct 30 quilts to display at the Clear Lake Arts Center.