The Central Iowa Art Association invites you to attend the opening reception for the July Fiber Art Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. July 12.
This exhibition features the work of 15 Central Iowa Fiber Artists. Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and the manual labor on the part of the artist as part of the works' significance, and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.
The term fiber art came into use by curators and art historians to describe the work of the artist-craftsman following World War II. Those years saw a sharp increase in the design and production of "art fabric." In the 1950s, as the contributions of craft artists became more recognized - not just in fiber but in clay and other media - an increasing numbers of weavers began binding fibers into nonfunctional forms as works of art.
Pictured is the completed Barn Slice Project piece. This and other artwork from Central Iowa Fiber artists will be on display at the Fisher Community Center Auditorium in July. An art exhibition will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 12.
Besides the works of individual artists, the exhibition will also feature pieces from the Barn Slice Project - a community endeavor of the Iowa Art Quilters. A picture of a barn was selected and reproduced, enlarged and sliced. Then various artists within the group signed up to create a "slice."
The instructions were minimal. The slices had to retain the physical features of the barn, but license could be taken with style, color and technique. Members were even encouraged to stray a bit from the strictly literal. Enough members of the Iowa Art Quilters participated to create five complete barn representations. Iowa Art Quilters is a group of fiber artists that meet to share, teach and learn and encourage each other once a month in Grinnell.
The fiber art exhibition will remain hanging in the Fisher Center Auditorium until the end of July. If you are attending the Linn Creek Arts Festival on July 21 at the Fisher Center, stop into the auditorium and examine the fiber art on display.
The Central Iowa Art Association provides a new art exhibition in the Fisher Auditorium every month of the year, except March and April when the Marshalltown and area schools have their children's displays. The exhibitions are always free and open to the public. The opening day of the exhibition also features a wine reception and an opportunity to meet the artists participating.
For more information, call the Central Iowa Art Association at 641-753-9013 or stop in the office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. MondayThursday.