The Arts Center of Yates County announces the opening of its new exhibit “Stay in the Loop” May 3. The exhibit features three exceptional fiber and fabric artists; Jean Hubsch, Nancy LeVant, Raphaela McCormack, who all have unique ways of expressing their world through the textures and forms of fiber arts.

Jean Hubsch began hand embroidery about 30 years ago when she moved to the Finger Lakes area from Rochester. Jean’s special loves are surface embroidery, stumpwork, and Brazilian (dimensional) embroidery. She is a member of the Corning Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, and teaches Brazilian Embroidery in the region. Jean lives with her husband on Lamoka Lake, and is active in her community as a Board Member of the Schuyler County Historical Society and Mustard Seed Ministries.

Originally from Chicago, Nancy LeVant moved to Rochester in 1978 where she learned the art of quilting. Nancy has taught quilting in Gothenberg, Sweden, at Brighton Recreation, and at her local Rochester quilt club, the Genesee Valley Quilt Club. She has won many ribbons for her work, and has displayed her quilts in shows throughout Western New York, including the prestigious juried exhibition, Quilts=Art=Quilts, held annually at the Schweinfurth Museum of Art in Auburn.

Raphaela McCormack was born in Ireland, where her love and passion for the land became her inspiration for her art. She creates vessels of abaca fiber, rope, driftwood, stones, seed pods, and other detritus that reflect her experiences with the textures, colors, materials, and forms of Ireland. Now a resident of Rochester, Raphaela creates her vessels through a journey between the creator and the creation, until the vessel has a story to take on its own.

In addition to the work of our featured artists, “Stay in the Loop” also includes work from other local exhibiting artists.  Everyone is welcome at the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments, wine tastings by Prejean Winery, and live music from Rod Blumenau. The event is also a way to celebrate “First Friday in Penn Yan” at the Arts Center.