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May 2013

Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, Offers Exhibit of Fiber Works

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, will present Fabric Fascination, featuring work by fiber artists Nancy G. Cook (Charlotte NC) and Sondra Dorn (Asheville NC) and the fabric designers at Valdese Weavers, on view from May 3 - 31, 2013. A reception will be held on May 3, from 5-7pm.

Nancy G. Cook is a fourth-generation needle worker who creates realistic images of natural objects in a highly exaggerated scale with textiles, ink and thread. She says, “As a lover of art, I found it disturbing when growing up, that I never saw art by women. Only later did I realize that the culture had not provided many opportunities for women, so they often used domestic productions for their creative expression, such as quilts, coverlets, and other forms of textiles. It gives me pleasure to be participating in this long line of work by my foremothers.”

Sondra Dorn searches the world for pattern, color and composition. “Different perspectives – the view from an airplane or through a microscope –reveal abstract patterns and hidden details.” She works with linen and transparent papers, many stitches, marks and layers to build landscapes, reconstituting them with fabric, thread, paints, pencils and acrylic mediums.

The Valdese Weavers Designers are inspired by photos in magazines, visits to the mall, professional art studio showings, vintage apparel shows and even international travel, and often walk a fine line between art and craft, attempting to manufacture functional and yet inspiring fabrics in a competitive market. Both sample designs and finished cloth will be included in this exhibit.

This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Council at 828/754-2486 or visit (www.caldwellarts.com).

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