Yates Arts Center exhibit celebrates Fiber Arts

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
An example of Eve Botelho’s work, “Mendon Park Pathway”

Threads of creativity run through much of our work, our hobbies and certainly our art. A new exhibit at the Arts Center of Yates County’s Flick Gallery focuses on how actual thread can be used creatively to construct fine art. The exhibit, which opens from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, features the work of three fiber artists as well as natural fiber clothing designed and created in the area.

Rochester thread painter, Eve Botelho’s early work was influenced by the English countryside of her youth. Her work reflects the love she has for nature, “I enjoy interpreting the intricate details of grasses and flowers into stitchery as thread.” Now that she lives in New York State, she enjoys the changes of seasons and the inspiration of changing weather. Eve graduated from Loughborough Universtity in Leicestershire, England with a degree in textile design with an emphasis on embroidery. After moving to upstate New York in the early 1980s she began combining her painting, sketching and stitching skills into unique and beautiful “thread paintings.” Her primary “drawing tool” is her sewing machine, where she stitches her designs onto hand-painted silk fabric backgrounds, adding textural dimension with each layer of detail.

Since the 1980s, fiber work has become more conceptual, influenced by postmodernist ideas. Kris Gregson Moss is a fiber artist who has spent many years creating, instructing and exhibiting. She lives and works in Glens Falls, finding much of her inspiration in “nature’s changing vistas and flowing currents.”

“My artwork often expresses movement,” Kris says. Her two- and three-dimensional work often incorporates found natural items such as sticks, and Kris works in a number of dimensions with her fiber art, including dimensional collage, reverse appliqué, and painting with fabric. Her mobiles and stand-alone sculptures take fiber art into a whole new dimension.

Sally Alexander Acomb, now a year-round resident of Keuka Lake, began creating pictorial quilting while she and her husband lived in Kuwait. “Landscapes, seascapes, floral scenes are my favorites and I prefer to do unique, original pieces,” she says. Using her machine to piece and quilt and her hand to appliqué, she embellishes her quilts with embroidery, tatting, painting, stenciling, and other media. Sally creates appealing, poignant pieces of fabric art out of ordinary materials.

The Rochester Folk Art Guild’s Natural Fiber Clothing Design studio produces hand-woven items and clothing made from natural fibers. This nonprofit organization, a community of craftspeople and farmers located on East Hill Farm outside of Potter, creates uniquely designed, flattering and easy-to-wear clothing for women made one at a time using natural fiber fabrics with care and attention to detail. The Folk Art Guild craft studios also include ceramics, wood turnings, wooden toys, furniture, and boats and have been long-time partners with the Arts Center.

The Oct. 10 exhibit opening will include wine tasting provided by Heron Hill Winery, hors d’oeuvres and music. It is free and open to the public.

Exhibit opening reception

What: Fiber arts

When: 5 - 7 p.m. Oct. 10

Where: Arts Center of Yates County Flick Gallery, 127 Main St., Penn Yan

Fiber Arts Exhibit opening reception