Having fun with fiber

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Call for entries attracts a number of unconventional art pieces

By Jennifer Garcia

What comes to mind when you think about fiber arts? Quilts? Weavings? Clothing? How about shoelaces, earrings and decorative boxes? If not, get ready for a show that will change the way you think about fiber arts, because these are just a few items that will be on display beginning Oct. 1 at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.
Fall Fiber & Fashion celebrates “fiber with a special emphasis on wearable art,” according to the FLAC exhibit schedule. Those entering their art are encouraged to play with form and function in fiber or design, as well as create and display their fashions.
“Don’t forget to accessorize — jewelry, scarves, handbags, hats — use your imagination! Looking for a creative use of all media,” said the call for entries on the FLAC Web site.
“The fibers come out in the fall as people get their heavier clothes on,” FLAC Communications Coordinator Nancy Coombs said.
Village Arts Co-owner Ken Nebel said he’s been preparing for this show by making paper mache mannequins on which some of the artists’ work will be displayed. He also said he put out a call for artists “everywhere.”
“We just wait to see what shows up,” Coombs said.
Nebel said they didn’t know what to expect of the call for entries.
“The jury had a good time trying to pull all these (entries) together,” Nebel said.
So far, artists from Arkansas, New York, California, Florida and as far away as England have submitted their work for display in the show. In addition, there are a wide variety of pieces that one would not expect to see on display at a fiber arts show. Some of the unconventional pieces include fashion sketches by clothes designers from both the 1960s and 1980s. One artist, Richard James from London, has had his fashions featured in “GQ” magazine. Watercolor paintings by Cathy Haight, as well as dolls by Rebecca Berzas, purses by Julie Filatoff and KC Coe, macramé pieces, hats by Deanna Curry and various pieces of jewelry will also be on display. There are approximately 40 artists who submitted their pieces for the show.
“This is probably the most we’ve ever had,” Coombs said of the turnout.
In addition, Cuarteles artist Theresa Montoya will display her retablos in the portal area or the Art Center.
“Her work is something that brings it all together,” Nebel said of Montoya.
During the opening, Uli’s Cottontails has offered to help with putting on a fashion show where
models will wear some of the pieces that will be displayed in the exhibit.
“It’ll be a fun little party,” Nebel said.
The  opening  for Fall Fiber & Fashion will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 1. The art pieces will be displayed through Nov. 13 and can be seen during regular Art Center hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, visit www.fullerlodgeart