From Sunday, Feb. 4, until the end of the month, the Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery will be hosting the exhibit “Fibers Are Us,” a collection of work from a group of “fiber aficionados”— artisans such as weavers, knitters, and spinners.
Established in 1986, this group, known as the Southern Tier Fiberarts Guild, is a local nonprofit organization. The 40 men and women of the Guild are knitters, spinners, tatters, book-artists, paper-crafters, quilters, braiders, weavers, dyers, needle-workers, and felters. They come from as far as Cuba and Olean and even Bradford, PA to celebrate and create fiber arts.
The exhibit will showcase about 30 items of different sizes and types, including fiber collage, doll arts, tatting, altered books and book arts, rug-hooking, and braiding. During a reception for the exhibit on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4-6 p.m., Guild members will demonstrate various techniques used to create their works and answer questions about fiber arts. Light refreshments will be served.
“We hope that folks look at fiber art as more than just the usual knitting and crocheting; fiber arts include many more areas that we often don't think about, and in fiber there is great room for personal creativity,” said Carlyn Yanda, a representative of the Guild.
The Southern Tier Fiberarts Guild is involved with local arts and crafts events such as Dye Day in September, a silent auction in December, and various public demonstrations. The artisans meet almost every first Saturday of the month at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. For more information, visit the Southern Tier Fiberarts Guild Facebook page.
The exhibit will be open for viewing during normal library hours. To inquire about exhibiting your work in the Hinkle Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-587-4313.