Opening Reception for Behind the Mask – Membership Exhibition

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A Juried Members’ Exhibition of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.

Where: Latrobe Art Center – 819 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650
When: October 6th – November 2nd, 2022 – Monday-Saturday 10AM to 5PM
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 6 to 8PM
Chairperson: Carolyn Carson: and Barb Kubala:
Entry Deadline: August 1, 2022
Exhibition prospectus

Essentially, a mask conceals something from view. While we have spent the last two years literally wearing masks to protect ourselves and others, in a metaphorical sense all people ‘wear a mask’ to hide feelings, beliefs, thoughts, pains, behaviors, attitudes, desires and longings, a past, secret sides that few may know. As we move beyond the notion of masks for protection from a virus, let’s think about that ubiquitous mask in human nature. Let’s explore some of our hidden natures through our art work. Let’s explore desires of things we’d do if we could be masked and undetected. Would you rob a jewelry store or try out for “The Voice?” Let’s explore our secrets – the things we do that others do not know. Are you an expert sky diver, and no one knows? What’s behind your mask? Or, let’s explore the mask we ‘wear.’ How do we show ourselves to the world? What is it we do want people to see?


James Arendt

An Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Gallery Director at Coastal Carolina University, Jim Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and his MFA from the University of South Carolina. He has participated in multiple residency programs including The Fields Project in Illinois, Arrowmont’s Tactility Forum, and From Waste to Art VI in Baku, Azerbaijan. He has also been invited to teach at Penland and Arrowmont.

The first prize winner in Fiberarts International 2019, Arendt was also short-listed for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and a 2018 finalist for the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize at Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. He has received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship 2014 and his work received the $50,000 top prize at ArtFields 2013. His work was chosen for the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands, and he has work included in the Arkansas Art Center’s permanent collection of contemporary craft.

Mr. Arendt has juried numerous local, regional, and national exhibitions in support of the arts across the country.

Common Threads

Common Threads

Where: Pittsburgh International Airport
When: March 17, 2022 – May 27, 2022
Chairperson: Debra Tobin

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For your Consideration – Artists talk

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Online artist talk: Monday June 1st and Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 – 3pm on Zoom – Registration required –

This is a free program

Each artist in the exhibition will have a chance to talk about their work.  Merill Comeau, our juror, will give an introduction.  You can text comments and questions via the text box during the Zoom session or email Linda Brown ahead of time (

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For Your Consideration

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Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. • 2020 Membership Exhibition

For Your Consideration-prospectus (pdf)

Artists see the world through many lenses and experiences. Artists are invited to consider aspects of their views, values and experiences to create entries for this show. Through the art, the viewer will be invited to consider the artists’ intent.  
Where: Brew House Association Gallery • 711 South 21st Street • Pittsburgh PA 15203
When: Friday, February 21 – Saturday, March 21, 2020
Chairperson: Linda Brown- contact her at
Opening Reception: Friday February 21, 2020  6:00 – 9:00
Online artist talk: Monday June 1st and Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 – 3pm on Zoom
   Registration required –
Catalog: available for purchase HERE

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