Works in Fiber
Attendees of the Works in Fiber opening reception at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca Friday evening were captivated by the number and uniqueness of the useful repurposed items on display. All are the creations of two multi-talented local artists, Mary Fisher and Doreen Kelly.
Mary Fisher has created wall hangings, trellises and standing arrangements from tree trimmings and remains of garden items. Also of note are her felted wool dyed pictures, especially an alluring piece named Four Seasons inspired by a Charles E. Burchfield painting. Colorful baskets and bags created from spun plastic/resin bags and incorporated with other fibers enhance the cabinet display. Other striking additions to this dynamic exhibit are the artist’s woven decorative tapestries that were created using scrap material from altered prom dresses. These creations touch on the goldmine of whimsical items found in this engaging display.
The practicality of Doreen Kelly’s repurposed items are only matched by the comeliness in which she executes her craft. Her assortment of totes, dishtowels, belts, and shawls demonstrate to the viewer an intricate focus. Her wall hanging Countryside Reflections 1, fabricated from barn board brings one back to the simplicity of olden times. Kelly’s hand tooled leather tote highlights her talent. She spins and dyes fibers from a variety of animals, including household pets. Among them an outstanding delicately woven white shawl with a touch of pastel color created from various fibers, featuring hair from a Samoyed dog. Weaving looms in the exhibit create a visible guide to the process of weaving. Doreen will demonstrate weaving on her vintage loom Sunday, August 17 and Sunday, August 24 from 2-3:30pm.
These talented artists create an environment of intrigue using texture, color and complexity to evoke and engage the viewer. The inspiring, educational and fun exhibit runs through August 31. Gallery hours are 10 -4 pm, Monday through Friday, 1-4 pm on Sunday. For information call 677-4843.