MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College will present the “Compassion” fiber exhibit from April 16 to May 13 in the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
“Quilting is a traditional medium, oftentimes overlooked as a fine art. The works included in this exhibit really elevate the medium; they are technically and compositionally exquisite ,” said Erin LaBonte, SLC’s associate professor of art and art department co-chair. “I’m excited by the way the pieces will transform the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery with amazing colors and patterns.”
Exhibiting artists are a part of the Fiber and Friends group, comprised of talented fiber artists residing in Wisconsin’s Manitowoc Lakeshore area and up into the wooded area surrounding Rhinelander.
Nature is the source of inspiration for many of the artists. Plant material, organic shapes and earthy colors often can be viewed in their works.
The group’s focus is to create original art quilts with cloth. The works can be highlighted with textural stitching, sometimes painted and often incorporate hand-dyed materials created by the individual artists. Vivid colors, stitched with yarns and beads, splash life into the quilts and fiber pieces.
The exhibit features work by artists Colleen Ansbaugh, Jan Dietrich, Emmy Nitzel, Pat Gaska, Helen Tumas, Janet Griinke, Rene Iannarelli, Gale Willcox, Louise Schotz, Carol Brodke, Connie Warshall, Toni Bergeon, Jody Larson and Pat Bishop.
(TOP): “Gawking Cranes” by Pat Bishop/Photo submitted
(CENTER): "Globe Thistle," by Pat Bishop/Photo submitted