Current Gallery Exhibit

December 5 – January 3

Artists Talk and Reception – Saturday, December 8, 11am

The Crooker Gallery and the Highlands Community Room are bursting with color and texture and thought-provoking art work by six Maine artists. Works will feature paper and painted fabric collages, felted constructions, hooked rug works, wall quilts, and needlepoint tapestries.

The following are key thoughts from each of the artists about their work:
Natasha Kempers-Cullen states that color play and symbolism are the constants in her work. From art quilts to 3-D constructions to collages on canvas, the painted fabric she creates is the medium that holds it all together.

Susan Mills‘ work is about her spiritual practice of shamanic journeys and meditations. She uses felted fibers and natural materials to create her art.

Arlene Morris creates assemblages from stream of consciousness pieces she wrote about growing up. Made with kozo and cotton papers, they are painted, deconstructed, molded and hand stitched in her words.

Kathleen Bird makes hand hooked rugs using natural fibers, including wool, mohair, alpaca, silk and bamboo. She is inspired by the Maine island landscapes and seascapes.

Kirsti Sandoy also finds her inspiration in natural places like forests and the sea. Expressing her vision she makes felt pieces using wool, silk, and other fibers.

Jill Venditouli specializes in 2 and 3 dimensional needlepoint tapestries. She is focused on transforming needlepoint, a traditional women’s craft into a 21st century fiber art medium.

The artists are displaying some works that are ten or more years old, and some that are current, to illustrate how their work has developed and changed over the years. Some aspects will carry through, and some will be definitive changes in each artist’s pieces. You can enjoy reading about their perspectives on the storyboard that will accompany each artist’s series of works. Expect the unexpected! Play, mystery, story, inventiveness, and great skill will abound in this exhibit.