Exhibition: October 25 – November 21
Artists Reception: October 25, 2 – 4 PM
Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. Highway 17-92, DeBary, FL 32710
There are 11 fiber artists in the upcoming fiber exhibit at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, FL. The opening reception is October 25. The exhibition opens October 25 and ends November 21. This started out as
an exhibition of art that was not accepted at a museum, gallery or quilt show. However, after seeing the quality of the entrants, the exhibition now also includes a piece from each artist that was accepted in an exhibition. The viewers will get a chance to test their own judging skills to select which work they are viewing.
The Skinny Envelope began from the announcement that someone got a fat envelope filled with forms and regulations for an upcoming exhibit while another artist announced with great sadness that she got the skinny envelope. Jurors have their own prejudices and this is reflected in the work they accept. A work that doesn’t make it into one show might win an award in another.
Salon des Refusés
was the famous French art exhibition held in 1863 in Paris for artists who were refused by the jury in the main Salon. Among the exhibitors were Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Armand Guillaumin, James Whistler, and Édouard Manet. The art was excellent; the jurors were stuck in their mode of standards that didn’t change with the times. Much the same can be said today for these fiber artists whose work is often thought to be in the realm of bedroom quilts or couch throws instead of works of art by the fine art world and yet, this same work is hung in the dark corners, crowded together at some traditional quilt shows.
Curator Mary McBride said that Dada artist Duchamp, with his ready-made urinal that he labeled “Fountain” refused to accept the standards and practices of an established art system, and today’s fiber artists are following his footsteps all the way to the major museums in New York, London, Japan, and France, sans the urinals.
Bobbi Baugh, DeLand – (Sculptures) Lady in the Chair; A Woman Somewhere in Time
Eileen Doughty, Vienna, VA – It All Had to Start Somewhere, But Where is it Going to End?; Below Great Falls; Red Oak Cross Section x5
Clairan Ferrono, Chicago, IL – Autumn: Catskills; Red Windows; Grape Harvest
Tuscany; Blue Mountain: Saugerties
Jo-Ann Jensen, Cape Canaveral – Seagrapes; Potions
Deborah A Lacativa, Lawrenceville, GA – Innocent Bystanders; Hopped Up; Up on Wheels; The Celebratory Cod Is Spared Another Year
Carol Larson, Petaluma, CA – At Sea; Harmony
Ellen Lindner, Merritt Island – Reconciliation; Security; Ti Plants A-Glow-Glow
Hanna Morris, Mimms – Jacket – San Franciso Bridge; Jacket – Cock Crows
Suzanne Mouton Riggio, Vero Beach – Diametric Equinoxes; Beauty and the Tulips
Alema Pamela Watson, Altamonte Springs – The Village; Where Have the Flowers Gone?
Marianne Williamson, Miami – Turquoise Sea; Something off the Shelf
Sharon Wolf, New Smyrna Beach – Autumn Woods; A Pair & a Pear