Every so often us folks in the hinterlands get to enjoy a local fiber art exhibit. That’s the arty stuff, with nary a quilt show judge in sight checking for binding errors.
Recently, a friend and I attended the opening of Converging Visions at Summit ArtSpace in downtown Akron. The show, which runs through July 27, features eight artists who began Contemporary Fiber Artists (CFA) in 1994. The group’s original intent was for continued and varying dialogue in the arts, support for each others’ artistic goals and encouragement of creative development.
The media on display range from cloth, to beads and stones, to metal, to paper; with some knitting thrown in. I may have accidentally left out some of the materials used or simply not been able to identify them. Inspiration came from artists such as Mondrian and Matisse, backyard tomato plants, winter, current events, and medical imagery. And while many of the items were designed to hang on walls, others could be worn.
There are workshops and demos associated with this exhibit, as described at the Summit Art Space website. And it’s all FREE! But wait, there’s more. If you go to the exhibit, take the elevator to the third floor to visit the studios of local artists (one is local art quilter Connie Bloom) and take in a display of fanciful millinery in an exhibit called Millinery As Sculpture.