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May 7, 2013 > Olive Hyde Art Gallery presents textile arts

Olive Hyde Art Gallery presents textile arts

Submitted By Diane Leys

Textile arts rely on culture and tradition. The early history of textile arts is also the history of international trade. In the Mediterranean, the desire for Tyrian purple dye stimulated trade among the ancient Phoenicians. Chinese silk was brought to India, Africa, and Europe on the Silk Road.

Continuing to weave a story of culture and tradition, Olive Hyde Art Gallery's 45th Annual Textile Exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, May 10, and run through June 8. This annual exhibit began in 1968 in recognition of the Art Center's original benefactor and textile art enthusiast, Olive Hyde. Primarily a quilt exhibition in its early years, the annual show currently spans a broad spectrum of textile arts.

Textiles are indeed a fundamental part of human life. Although the functions of textiles have remained the same since the beginning of civilization, the methods and materials used to make them have greatly expanded.

As one of Olive Hyde's most popular exhibits, this year's textile show will feature the work of artists well known in the Bay Area as well as that of several others who have exhibited extensively throughout the United States.

Seventeen contemporary Bay Area artists - Ann May Baldwin, George-Ann Bowers, Jessica Cadkin, Linda Cline, Joan Dyer, Gayle Eleanor, April R. Gavin, Susan Helmer, Christine Knox, Laura Kamian McDermott, Barbara Meyers, Denise Oyama Miller, Chris Motley, Sarah Sherwin Roberts, Irene Schlesinger, Laurel Shackelford, and Gail Sim - create an exhibit featuring the spectrum of today's Textile Arts.

Chris Motley of San Francisco finds that the process of knitting can itself be a driving force in her art, with a piece developing differently from her original vision. Free from any preconceived notion of typical knitted fabric but armed with a lifetime of technique, a piece can emerge from pushing the boundaries of the stitches and the exploration of three dimensions for abstract pieces.

Inspired by the natural world, Fremont's Denise Oyama Miller's work often focuses on intimate landscape scenes. "I love the challenge of taking an idea from one of my inspirations and interpreting it in fabric or watercolor. The challenge of taking an idea from inspiration to completed artwork is thrilling."

Christine Knox, also a Fremont resident, has expanded both her imagery and her use of mixed media. Her current work features truncated figures of women, caught mid-gesture. She uses diverse fabrics, handmade papers, and acrylic paints.

Joan Dyer uses fabrics to depict abstract forms from nature. Joan states, "My fabric art is created entirely by an intuitive process, with which I build my designs fairly quickly and freely. I learned traditional methods of piecing by hand when I began this journey with fabric, but soon began to enjoy the design phase of fabric artistry."

Berkeley artist George-Ann Bowers finds inspiration for her art work during frequent adventures in the outdoors. Her weavings have appeared in several publications including "Fiberarts" magazine.

Textile Exhibit
May 10 - June 8
Thursday - Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

Opening reception:
Friday, May 10
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Olive Hyde Art Gallery
123 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 791-4357

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