Fiber Arts Exhibit; Destination Hill Country

On Sunday afternoon, I'll be joining a group of six other fiber artists for the opening of "Unframed, Contemporary Expressions in Fiber," If you feel like a weekend day trip and live in the central Texas or Hill Country area, I hope to see you there.

The exhibit is at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery in downtown New Braunfels, just off the circle around the bandstand. And it fthe weather's nice and hot, you can follow up your visit with a tube ride down the Guadalupe River.

I'll be posting pictures from the show after Sunday, but for now, here's a teaser:

Group Exhibit: New Braunfels Art League Gallery

“Unframed, Contemporary Expressions in Fiber,”

at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery,

239 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, Texas.

Many of my pieces are from a series of El Cielo altars, featuring digital photos of the cactus, wildflowers and other plants that grow here around my studio. The opening reception for the artists – Adrian Highsmith, Caryl Gaubatz, Linda Rael, Leila Reynolds, Martha K. Grant, Laura Beehler and myself will be Sunday, August 3, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open Mon.- Sat., 10-5 and Sun., 12-5, through Aug. For information, call 830-629-8022.

Here's an article that Caryl Gaubatz wrote for the NBAL newsletter about the show:

Close on the heels of the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild biannual Show at the Civic Center comes another opportunity to immerse oneself in FIBER ART: Unframed- Contemporary Expressions in Fiber takes preconceived notions of quilts, dolls, and clothing and pushes them over the edge. The show runs from 2-30 AUG in the Elaine Felder Gallery of the NBAL.

Seven area fiber artists, most with New Braunfels ties, are represented.

Martha K. Grant is a 6th generation Texan ; her gr-gr-gr-grandparents were among the first settlers of New Braunfels. The Stephan and Margaretha Klein home, built 1846, and the Joseph and Johanna Klein home, 1852, are among NB's historic sites. Another great-grandfather, Eugen Kailer, was editor of the Zeitung, and proprietor of a saloon and a hotel in the town in the 1890s. Her work for this exhibit is a series of 12 fiber collages documenting through photographs, letters, maps and documents, the history of my immigrant ancestors to the New Braunfels and San Antonio areas.

Leila Reynolds , a long time member of the Art League, will present a selection of delicately painted silks and felted scarves.The work of Linda Rael, doll artist, has been widely published , most recently in Art Doll Quarterly and Belle Armoire.

Adrian Highsmith, long time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word, specializes in deconstructed printing on silk and artfully draped garments.

Susie Monday,fiber artist, educator , and writer calls Pipe Creek home. Her deeply felt art quilts are rich in complex spiritual meaning.

Laura Beehler has exhibited nationally & internationally. Her innovative art cloth was pictured on a recent cover of the European Journal Textile Forum.

Caryl Gaubatz concentrates on art to wear. Her quilts may be seen in several public buildings in New Braunfels.