The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh stands with ‘Black Lives Matter’ — dignity, respect and equality without fear. Art can be a vehicle for unheard voices, for community-building and for healing. As an organization we will continue to work in support of these values. We commit to listen, to learn and to grow.
Following Staci Offutt’s thoughtful review of Time and Materiality, we got to thinking about the process of self-curating an exhibition, especially when collaborating with fellow artists who happen to be friends. Would that be fun and exhilarating, an opportunity to see your work and theirs in a sharper light… or maybe not so much? As deadline stress set in, could fighting and biting break out? (OK so probably not in our guild, but one does hear stories.) Before our imaginations reached soap opera pitch, we asked Camilla Pearce to take us behind the scenes and unscrew the whole process. Here’s how Camilla tells it…
How many FGP potlucks have you attended?
Norma could answer that question Norma greets everyone at the door and gives out name tags. Norma is our membership chair and she keeps track of attendance at every event. Thank you Norma!
The beloved tradition continues every January it’s time to Clean out your studio and bring what you don’t want with a delicious dish to PCA. BUT this year for the first time we held it on a Saturday. Times they are a changing it’s harder and harder to schedule a day off, find a sitter or manage your own hours to be able to squeeze in a lunch with fellow fiber enthusiasts on a week-day. But on the week-end? ___ gathered together and brought all types o’ stuff gleaned from the studio.
Why fiber now?
It’s the question contemporary fiberartists wrestle with, however subconsciously, every time they set to work. Why express my ideas with these methods and materials – often rooted in ancient, labor-intensive crafts – when there are so many easier, speedier alternatives? What am I building… and what am I building on?
CONSTRUCT, the most recent FGP members’ show, seeks to explore these issues and show off some pretty spectacular artwork in the process. Juror Sandra Jane Heard, winner of the Fiberart International 2013 Directors’ Award, set herself the goal of selecting a “provocative and intriguing breadth of work.” Not satisfied with creating a “cohesive and stimulating experience,” Heard wanted the show to bowl the viewer over with a sense of the “diversity and creativity” pulsing through fiberart today. No problem. Our artists are so up to the task!
SHERRI ROBERTS invites everyone to the Opening Celebration of her solo exhibition, TURNING TOWARD THE LIGHT, on Sunday Feb. 1, 12:30 – 2:30p.m. The opening takes place at the Undercroft Gallery, in the First Unitarian Church which is located at the corner of Morewood and Ellsworth Ave. in Shadyside. Sherri will display both her fiber cartoons and earlier work, including her Judaica.