March art exhibit at Orcas Center

Submitted by Kathleen Youngren.

Orcas Island has a wealth of artists who create with fiber in a variety of ways, weaving; knitting; felting; quilting; sewing and others. The Visual Arts Committee at Orcas Center is highlighting these beautiful creations through the month of March. We are seeking pieces that are meant to be displayed as art and also those that are wearable.

We have received an enthusiastic response to this show, many fiber artists have never had an opportunity to show their work at the Center. We hope to hang as many pieces from as many artists as possible, but depending on size, space may be an issue.

The featured artist is weaver Geoff Shilling. His handwoven images are made on a Jacquard Loom. He starts with photos he has taken, which he may manipulate and combine, then maps these designs into woven structures. Shilling’s images include Northwest landscapes, bridges, birds and trees. These weavings are mounted on wooden frames so they can be hung much like a painting.

Intake for fiber art is from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, The pieces should be ready to be displayed and include any special supplies that might be needed.

An opening reception is planned for March 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. We hope to have a few on-going demonstrations at the reception. If you are interested in providing a demonstration or have any other questions, call Kathy Youngren at 360-472-0824 or Janis Mattox at 360-376-3778.