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  |   December 7, 2011  |  Comment

Woven Stories: Contemporary Tapestries

The Ann Street Gallery is pleased to present its newest exhibition Woven Stories: Contemporary Tapestries, with an Artist Reception on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6-9 pm. Woven Stories: Contemporary Tapestries, features hand-woven works by a group of select artists. With this exhibition we hope to give visitors an opportunity to experience a unique style of contemporary art, stunning works by twenty artist from the across the country and Canada.

The artistry of tapestry weaving in a long and continuous one, ancient tapestry specimens can be found in the works of ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Peruvians, early Europeans, and Native Americans. Even in our age of the twenty-first century world dominated by technology, this ancient art form is thriving and is just as relevant today as in past millenniums.

In Woven Stories, approaches by contemporary artist-weavers to the medium are highlighted, and we see a broad range of works, each rich in imagery. Viewers will see weavings that convey challenging messages, explorations of space and form, painterly abstractions, landscapes, and portraits. These diverse tapestries also range in size, from large scale hangings to smaller sized works, three dimensional and mixed media pieces.  As a group, the work is thought-provoking with each artist using their own unique visual language to address modern day issues such as gender, politics, and the environment.

While the exhibition Woven Stories is only a snapshot view of current tapestry weavings, our aim in showcasing these works is to promote public awareness of the art of tapestry. We hope this exhibition encourages further interest in the medium, while raising the profile of tapestry as a mainstream art form.

Artists featured: Bren Ahearn, Kate Anderson, and Janet Austin. George-Ann Bowers, Barbara Burns, Betty Ferguson, Louise Halsey, Susan Iverson, Tari Kerss, Mary Kester, Susan McGehee, Margo MacDonald, Pavlos Mayakis, John Paul Morabito, Erin M. Riley, Sarah Salin, Cameron Taylor-Brown, Betty Vera, Linda Wallace,Sherri Woodard Coffey, and Marzena Ziejka.

The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, January 28.

The opening of this exhibit will coincide with the next guitar concert at the Ritz Theater. On Saturday, December 10 at 8 PM, Frank Vignola’s Hot Club, is back by popular demand, headlining the third concert of the 2011-12 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series at The Ritz! The concert will be held in the Ritz Theater Lobby at 107 Broadway in Newburgh. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through TicketWeb at (866) 468-7619, www.ticketweb.com, via our website at www.ritztheaternewburgh.org, or by calling the Ritz Theater Box Office at (845) 784-1199. All tickets are general admission and include a reception with the musicians immediately following the concert. Seating is limited.

The Ann Street Gallery is a nonprofit art gallery specializing in contemporary emerging and established artists. The gallery is located at 104 Ann Street in Newburgh, and hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Friday through Saturday 11:00 am-5:00 pm.

For more information regarding Breaking Boundaries and the Ann Street Gallery, contact Virginia Walsh, Director at (845) 784-1146 or [email protected], or visit www.annstreetgallery.org.

Image above:  Kate Anderson Oh, Alright, knotted waxed linen

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