Fiberart International

Fiberart International 2010

May 1–July 3, 2011 in the Grand Gallery
Exhibition Opening Party April 30

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Every three years, fiber artists from around the world submit their best recent work to Fiberart International, a juried exhibition organized by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. In 2011, MAG will be one of only three tour stops for the prestigious show, which brings together work rooted in ancient techniques and materials, non-traditional textiles made possible by technological advances, and art made from such unexpected materials as cable ties and X-ray film.

The 81 featured artists are a truly international group, representing 14 countries on five continents. Included is one artist with local ties, Jeanne Raffer Beck of Canandaigua.

This exhibition was organized by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. In Rochester, it is underwritten by the Estate of Irving Germanow, the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery and HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Additional support is provided by Nancy G. Curme, Deanne Molinari, Mann’s Jewelers and Frontier Communications.

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Pictured: Magnificent Obsession (2008) by Emily Dvorin. Straws and cable ties. Super Suckler (2008) by Stephanie Metz. Needle-felted wool. St. Louis—Wish You Were Hair (2008) by Pam RuBert. Cotton fabric, rayon and poly thread.

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Programs and events

  • Saturday, April 30, 8 to 11 pm: Exhibition Opening Party
  • Sunday, May 1, 3 pm: Lecture by Alison Mercer, one of the artists in the exhibition
  • Saturdays, May 7–June 11: Creative Workshop fiber studio for kids
  • Thursday, May 12, 10 am to 7 pm: Fanciful Fibers Fiber Faire featuring 30 area artists
  • Thursday, May 12 at 11 am: lecture by curator of education Marlene Hamann-Whitmore on “Ancient Techniques + Unexpected Materials”
  • Thursday, May 12 at 5 pm: Fanciful Fibers cocktail party honoring this evening’s speaker, artist Jeanne Raffer Beck (reservations required)
  • Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm: lecture by Jeanne Raffer Beck, one of the artists in the exhibition
  • Friday, May 13, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm: Fanciful Fibers workshops (offered in conjunction with the Creative Workshop)
  • Sunday, June 26, noon to 5 pm: Fiberart Family Day (see flyer and schedule)

Exhibition Tours

  • Guided Exhibition Tours: Sunday, May 1, 1, 2 & 3 pm; Fridays, May 6–July 1, 2 pm; Sundays, May 8–June 26, 1 pm (no tour July 3). Included in Gallery admission.
  • listen iconCell Phone Tours: Call 585.627.4132 to hear Fiberart International artists speak on their work. Tour underwritten by the John Steuart Curry Foundation. Free, but regular cellphone charges apply. Read the transcript

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Fiber in Rochester

Fiberart International 2010

May 1–July 3, 2011 at the Memorial Art Gallery

Northeast Regional Contemporary Fiber Exhibition

April 1–May 9, 2011 at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), 137 East Ave.

RoCo and The Surface Design Association present 28 artworks that expand the definition of fiber art.

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Contemporary Art Quilts by Carol Taylor

April 2–30, Ock Hee’s Gallery, 2 Lehigh St., Honeoye Falls (585-624-4730)

This solo show features work by quilt artist Carol Taylor, who in 2006 was one of six artists selected for MAG’s 2nd Rochester Biennial.

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Interlacements: Tradition and Innovation in Fiber Art

April 15–May 27, 2011 at the Arts Council of Wyoming County, 31 So. Main St., Perry

The artists in this exhibition include two featured in Fiberart International—Jeanne Raffer Beck and Leisa Rich.

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For the Love of Fiber

April 28–May 19, 2011 at The Gallery at the Arts and Cultural Council, 277 No. Goodman St.

This exhibition celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Weavers’ Guild of Rochester.

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Artistry in Thread

Saturday, April 30–Sunday, May 1, 2011, 11 am–4 pm, RMSC Eisenhart Auditorium

This special event celebrates the fiber arts with displays, sales, demonstrations, and lectures by guilds and exhibitors. Proceeds benefit the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

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Off the Page: Reinventing Language

May 23–June 24, 2011 at The Gallery at the Arts and Cultural Council, 277 No. Goodman St.

This solo exhibit features new works by Jeanne Raffer Beck of Canandaigua, one of the artists in Fiberart International.

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Parallax: Views of Contemporary Quilt Artists

Opening June 1, 2011 at the Kunstler Gallery, Booksmart Studio

More than 18 fiber artists embrace the concept of parallax view, where an object or idea is seen from two different perspectives.

Genesee Valley Quilt Club Quilt Festival

June 3–5, 2011 at Rochester Institute of Technology Gordon Field House

Genesee Valley Quilt Club celebrates its 75th anniversary with exhibits, workshops and a live auction.

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Sum of the Parts: Art Quilts by Pat Pauly

June 30–August 14, 2011 at the Nazareth College Arts Center Gallery, 4245 East Avenue

Pat Pauly exhibits latest works in a solo exhibition featuring bold, graphic and non-literal narrative subject matter. The title alludes to the pieced and collaged technique used in the textile constructions.

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Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival

September 17 & 18, 2011 at the Hemlock Fairgrounds,  Hemlock, NY

This annual event features workshops, demonstrations, vendors, a fleece show and sale, and a skein and garment competition.

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