by Linda VanderKolk, Naperville Art League
A recent issue of Wall Street Journal included an article pointing out the next wave of art collectibles is in the area of fiber art. Quilts no longer are just for beds. Fiber art on walls is a modern trend that sees no end. As techniques change and expand, fiber art now includes wearable art, wool-felted 3D art, vessels, table runners, handbags and much more.
Naperville is fortunate to be at the forefront of this movement with a showing of work by the Fiber Art Divas Oct. 14-24 at the Naperville Fine Art Center & Gallery, 508 N. Center St. The show, titled, “Elements of Innovation”, will be packed with interest. Work by the Divas will include the group’s challenge, “Earth, Wind, Fire, Water”. The variety of interpretations of the theme could inspire one not only to collect fiber art but also to try making it. Other pieces by the artists will further contribute to an exciting display.
The Fiber Art Divas is a group of cutting edge artists from Naperville and surrounding communities who share a common interest in trying new techniques. The group includes a number of well-known artists. Sharon Malec, Catherine Redford, Cheryl Sleboda, and Cynthia Boudreau are among the award-winners in the group of many talented artists.
The Fiber Art Divas show runs from October 14 to 24. Hours are; Wed. & Fri. noon to 4PM; Thurs. noon – 8PM with demos beginning at 6PM; and Sat. 10 -4PM.
The show also includes a guest exhibit of small art quilts, themed “Naper Settlement” made by members of the local Riverwalk Quilters Guild.
There will be a reception from 2 to 4PM on Sunday, Oct. 18 featuring demos by some of the artists, items for sale, and a one-day guest art quilt display of over 30 pieces by the Professional Art Quilters Association. The show and reception are free and open to the public.
For more info, visit www.napervilleartleague.com or call (630) 355.2530.