On July 28 the exhibition Timeless Textiles opens at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. This stunning exhibit will take you on a journey through the collections of award-winning art created by the Kingston Fibre Artists Group. Formed in 1996 by Kingston area fibre artist Hilary Scanlon, this 18 member group has exhibited in galleries across Ontario, and the MVTM is thrilled that they have chosen us to present a retrospective exhibition of their work. The artists will be present to share a ‘Walk and Talk’ with visitors after their opening vernissage and reception at the Museum on August 1, 2015.
Having amassed an inventory of dazzling art with fibre as their medium, the members of the group will share their favourite pieces from past shows, as well as an impressive collection of new work. A wide variety of talent in the membership means that their art covers a huge array of techniques, designs and personal styles. From painted fibre pieces with added airbrushed text by artist Wilma Kenny, to the stunning hand-embroidered and machine-stitched cityscapes and urban landscapes/hideaways created by Phillida Hargreaves, you are sure to find a piece that sparks your interest. Contemporary art created with hand-dyed and painted cloth is the foundation for works by Bethany Garner, while Frankie Lemonde shares the joy of designing with crochet and yarns in brilliant colour. Hilary Scanlon’s beautiful works include important pieces in the inventory of this renowned Ontario artist. Sylvia Naylor brings her well-known, machine stitched landscapes and new art assemblages to the show, and Robin Field shares pieces from her Pavement series—a stunning collection inspired by photos taken around the globe.
Artists Janet Elliott, Susan Farber, Sandra Garner, Mary Ev Wyatt, Christina Barnes, Margaret Morris, Hana Sramek and Elinor Rush, bring a myriad of their exciting designs using techniques ranging from handmade felt and chenille to woven ribbon and 8-inch squares made weekly over a year.
This stunning exhibition will delight and inspire. Don’t miss a chance to visit between July 28 and September 5, 2015 in the Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, 3 Rosamond St. in Almonte.