Focus on Fibers

Focus on Fibers: Selections from the Textile Center

Reception: Thursday. Nov. 29, 4 - 7 p.m.

Show dates: Nov. 26 - Dec. 14, 2007

This exhibition investigates the breadth and depth of the local fiber field by featuring the work of fourteen Textile Center members. From traditional weaving and beading techniques to abstract sculptures and duct tape dresses, this show spans the gamut in terms of form and content.

Participants include: Susan Bradley, Brenna Busse, Nancy Eha, Diane Fitzgerald, Nancy Gipple, Carolyn Halliday, Tim Harding, Candy Kuehn, Laura Leonard, Nancy MacKenzie, Ruth Mordy, Kelly Marshall, Carly Stipe and Tressa Sularz.

Regarding the quality and diversity of the work in the show, Textile Center Executive Director Margaret Miller said, "We are extremely fortunate to live in a community of talented fiber artists whose work is unrivaled. As this show exemplifies, fiber art offers unlimited opportunities for exploration in technique and media, making it one of the most innovative and exciting art forms today."

the Art of Children's Books

Picture This: The Art of Children's Books

Reception: Thursday, October 18, 4 - 7pm

Show dates: October 19 - November 9, 2007

The first exposure to art for many children is through picture books. The interest and imagination stimulated by these books can bring the child back to the same book over and over again, and makes an indelible impression that stays with the child into adulthood.

This exhibition seeks to provide the viewer with examples of both the book making process, as well as the range of media and genres that are found in illustrated books for children. Materials presented are from books published for children from 1928-2006. This show attempts to demonstrate the wide range of art that is included in the world of picture books. Works on display come from books that are considered childhood classics (Millions of Cats and Pokey Little Puppy) to newer books currently capturing the hearts and minds of readers. Some of the materials presented are from illustrators who wrote the text, others from illustrators who adapted text from folktales and other works feature illustrators who worked in collaboration with an author.

Despair from East Africa

Testimony: Visions of Hope and Despair from East Africa

September 14 -October 5, 2007

Reception: Thursday, September 13, from 4-7 p.m.

From 1999 through 2002, while Daniel Cheng Yang was still a teenager, the self-taught photographer began to visit the war-torn refugee camp of Kakuma Turkana in northwestern Kenya. Born to the son of a Hmong refugee and a former international relief worker, Yang desired to tell the stories of ancient tribes helplessly caught in the cultural and political conflicts of a contemporary civil war.

Regarding this project, Yang said, "I thought that if I could take images that stick in people's heads, I could create change." Elaborating on his humanitarian concerns, Yang noted, "Those suffering are no different than you or me. It is simply a matter of geographical circumstance. We must view the single mother suffering from HIV/AIDS in Haiti as our own mother. We must view the young boy throwing rocks in the West Bank as our own son. We must view the elderly fleeing their homes in Darfur as our grandparents. It is our duty to be a voice for the voiceless."

The resulting exhibition is a collection of hauntingly beautiful and disturbing black and white photographs that represent the struggles of the 100,000-plus refugees that have been stranded in the camp since 1992. A powerful and moving exhibition, Yang's work has brought international attention to the plight of the uprooted peoples of Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Somalia, as well as the indigenous Turkana.

Many thanks are owed to Prof. Suzanne Walfoort, who produced the DVD interview. Her contributions to the project bring another layer of richness to the exhibition.

A portion of the proceeds of Yang's book, Kakuma Turkana, Dueling Struggles: Africa's Forgotten Peoples (Pangaea Publishing, 2002), will fund food and supplies for the camp's residents.

The Poetry of Everyday Life

The Poetry of Everyday Life

April 20 - July 27, 2007

Reception: Thursday, April 19, from 4-7 p.m. A creative music performance will be presented by Douglas Ewart and Inventions from 5-6 p.m.

A Collaborative installation by Mary Bergs and Monica Reede

Bergs' work is concerned with compositions of objects and their relationship to one another. By removing objects from their usual context, she infuses them with new meaning, and we are allowed to see them in all of their richness. Her specific arrangements of these objects create an environment that is set up for observation, reflection and pause. Bergs' work is a meditation on the art of paying attention.

Reede's work has focused primarily on the interaction between our interior and exterior experiences. Through her arrangements of images, she creates an opportunity for contemplation. Reede's work explores the paradox of how noticing the seemingly insignificant events of our lives can open us up to something larger than ourselves and lead to moments of great pleasure and peace.

In this world of overstimulation, moments of quiet are becoming more rare and, consequently, more valuable as people attempt to deal with the complexities of their lives. The work in this exhibit presents an opportunity to stop and look deeply at the everyday occurrences and objects that form the background of individual and collective experiences.

Senior Salon

Senior Salon 2007 

March 9 - April 6, 2007

Reception: Thursday March 8, from 4 - 7 p.m.

Participants include: Patricia Erickson, Ellen Rice, Amy Roth, Suzanne Shaklin, Matt Spillum, Susan
Stenfors, Sharon Staum, Sam Aon P. Theth and Tanya Trombley.

January 26- February 23, 2007


Mirror, Mirror By Laura Crosby

Reception: Thursday January 25, from 4- 7pm

This exhibit explores the American image industry and works to dispel the myth and cultural stereotypes of women where "thinness" and "that certain look" are regarded as a state of grace.

Crosby's work has documented many issues, including Minnesota's homeless youth, physically challenged and disenfranchised youth, and teenage prostitution. She has photographed women from birth to 100 years of age to document the progress of time through the different stages of women's lives.

Regarding the exhibition, Crosby has said, "When I looked at the work I had done previous to Mirror Mirror, it became evident that there was a piece missing that needed to be done - that was the American image industry. There's a myth that women should look a certain way to achieve success. It comes from the cosmetic industry and the fashion industry. Just think about what recently happened in the publicity surrounding Katie Couric when she became CBS anchor - her publicity photos were retouched so that she looked 20 pounds thinner. It's a myth; our images of beauty are manipulated and it can cause serious damage to people to think that's how we're supposed to look."

The reception will include a 5:30 p.m. theatrical presentation called "Whose the Fairest of them All?." Crosby will be joined by Dr. Nor Hall (former advisor and faculty member at Metropolitan State, writer, archetypal psychologist and theater-artist) for this event.

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