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Reminisce, ceramic wall sculpture by Mari Kuroda.  April 1 to May 15, 2008.  Artist reception: Saturday April 5, 1 to 4 pm.

A Dyer's Perspective, studies in color, imagry and pattern on cloth by Sue Copeland Jones.  May 26- July 15, 2007.  Opening reception: Saturday, March 26, 1 to 3 p.m.  Gallery talk: Saturday, June 23, 4:30 p.m.

A Gardener's Weavings,  an exhibition of woven grass cloth by fiberartist, gardener and author Rita Buchannan.  March 1-April 20, 2007.        Tuesday, March 13: Reception and Book signing at Ginko Gallery 2-4 p.m.  Lecture at the Lewis Environmental Center 7-8 p.m.

Retrospective: 2006  fiberart by

Evelyn Svec Ward , July 16 - Sept 15, 2006. This exhibition of work from her own collection is co-sponsored by the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art and will benefit the acquisitions fund of that group.

Stories From the Landscape, weavings by Catharine Ellis, author of "Woven Shibori".  May 26 - July 12, 2006.  Artist reception and book signing Sat., May 27, 1-4 p.m.

Raw Expressions by fiberart by Cleveland artist June OíNeil. March 26 - May 21. Opening reception March 26, 1-4 p.m.

 

Mari Kuroda is well known for her functional work with shapes and themes that reflect her Japanese heritage.  In this show however, Kuroda shows conceptual work resulting from her almost 20 years living in the United States as an artist, teacher, wife and mother.  She literally invites us to peer into her private memories of the transient joys and challenges of motherhood through sculptural wall pieces.  Inside the brightly colored sculptures (patterned after childrens' fabric), one views quietly monocromatic scenes of domestic life with small children.  Bath time, kitchen pots and pans used as toys, stuffed animal parades and other precious moments are all depicted in exquisite miniature.

Sue Copeland Jones's  works on cloth have been shown in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions.  The wall hangings selected for this solo show include studies of color, imagry and pattern executed in a variety of techniques including deconstructed silk screen, resist, discharge, direct painting and stitching.   Many reference shapes and colors of of leaves, celebrating the exuberant, productive changes of the latter part of life.  1970 graduate of Oberlin College, Jones has been a resident artist at Ginko Studio for over 8 years.  She is the former gallery director of the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) and board member of theTextile Arts Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  

 Rita Shuster Buchanan (Oberlin 71) gained national recognition in 1987 with the publication of her first book, A Weaver's Garden, which described cotton, flax, indigo, and many other plants associated with textiles. Since then she has written and edited many more books and hundreds of articles about plants, gardening, and fiber crafts, and she has given talks and workshops in 40 states. She retired early from publishing and teaching in order to spend full time in her garden and studio.  Over many years, Rita has developed a unique style of weaving with natural materials such as grasses, iris and daylily leaves, stiff stalks and colored twigs. Her technique was originally inspired by Oriental "grasscloth" wall coverings and bamboo window blinds, but she has expanded it to produce a wide variety of functional and art pieces including book covers, bags and purses, boxes, tapestries, and wall hangings. Each piece is unique and calls attention to the beauty of the natural world and the fascination of well-crafted details.

Evelyn Svec Ward (1921-1989) was a prolific fiber artist whose career was highlighted in a retrospective at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1991. After 10 years in the textile department at the Cleveland Museum of Art, she resigned from her post to concentrate on her artistic career. Evelynís work broke away from traditional weaving to create abstract works combining thread, cloth, collage, and the influences of Mexican folk textiles. In her own words, "Texture and tactile aspects of fiber and fabric are most appealing to me, as are the qualities inherent in natural materials. With a needle as my tool, and materials such as linen, cotton, or various bast fibers, I feel completely free to work in many directions . . . I see unlimited possibilities for expression."

Evelyn received the Alumni Award for Special Achievement in Fine Arts from Otterbein College. Her work is found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Otterbein College.

Catharine Ellis is an artist and teacher who divides her time between studio work and the professional craft program at Haywood Community College, where she has been the fiber instructor since 1978. She also teaches at the Penland School of Crafts and offers workshops internationally. Her work has been featured in Fiberarts, Handwoven, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, and Surface Design Journal. She lives in Waynesville, North Carolina. Her new book, Woven Shibori, introduced by Yoshida Iwamoto Wada is published by Interweave Press.

June OíNeil uses raw edged brightly colored bits of fabric as a painter would use paint.  She manipulates the fabric to maximize texture and designs her compositions in a spontaneous and exhuberant style.  The resulting works are energetic expressions;  "a celebration of life, a dance of freedom, a liturgy of joy." íHer work has been shown in juried and invitational shows around the country including Focus: Fiber and Fiberart International ,and can be found in private and corporate collections including the Cleveland Clinic. She is the current president of the Textile Art Alliance of the Cleveland Museum of Art

 


 

                   

           

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