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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Master Weavers Exhibit Together

Four master weavers, Bhakti Ziek, Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Carlson, and Fuyuko Matsubara, will be having two shows together this Fall, one at the Fuller Craft Museum and one at AVA Gallery and Art Center. These four artists are noted for narrative work that deals with memory, light, spiritual yearning, and relationships in the natural world. Each has acquired an international reputation as a master weaver and dyer who skillfully intertwines archaic processes in innovative ways to tell contemporary stories. Dyed elements and color are integral to much of the work. Matsubara weaves, dyes threads, unweaves, and reweaves to get her cloth to capture the invisible as well as the visible. Barbone usually dyes threads to infuse her work with nuances of color that also manifest intangible light, but in this exhibit she has worked with density and transparency to transcribe figure and light. Carlson uses her core spiritual practice as inspiration for painted and brocaded warps that recall memories and insight. Ziek, using natural dyes and historical structures handwoven on a computerized loom, plays with ideas of identity and belonging that hover between the abstract and the identifiable. Working within a process that calls for attention and endurance, all four artists draw on stores of patience to slowly unfold their sensual stories.

(above: In the Earth by Fuyoko Matsubara)

(above: Mauritius Garden III by Cyndy Barbone)

There will be artists talks at both venues.

Grand Tales of the Loom: Four Master Weavers
September 15, 2012 - January 20, 2013
Reception: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Artists Discussion Dates to be announced
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, Massachusetts 02301

Affinity: Cyndy Barbone, Deborah Carlson, Fuyuko Matsubara, and Bhakti Ziek
October 19 - November 16, 2012
Reception: Friday, October 19, 2012 from 5 - 7 pm
Artists Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm
AVA Gallery and Art Center
11 Bank Street
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766

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