Ivory (detail), 2013 by Kyle Meyer. Archival pigment print handwoven with wax print fabric
Embroidered Truths & Woven Tales is the latest iteration of the Nave’s annual focus on fiber. This eclectic exhibition explores the way that 16 artists use fiber techniques–embroidery, crochet, knitting, weaving, soft sculpture–in combination with traditional or unusual materials – silk, salvaged or repurposed items, yarn, hair, and printed paper – to reveal a hint of a story or tell an elaborate tale. The work ranges from elegant to rambunctious; themes include family history, environmental activism, gender politics, and more. True to the Nave’s commitment to diversity, the exhibit brings together emerging and established artists.
Susan Berstler and Cecily Miller
Friday, April 29, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April 29, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
Thursday & Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Special extended hours during Somerville Open Studios:
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Emily Brodrick, Jodi Colella, Ruth Daniels, Suzi Grossman, Rebecca Henricksen, Sarah E. Jenkins, Jan Johnson, Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Kyle Meyer, Chris Motley, Debra Olin, Marilyn Pappas, Chelsea Revelle, Leslie Schomp, Annie Silverman, Gin Stone
ABOUT THE CURATORS:
Susan Berstler works as a visual artist, curator and arts producer. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally including in Germany, the Czech Republic, Scotland and Canada. She has been instrumental in starting a wide variety of arts projects in her hometown of Somerville, MA including the Windows Art Project, Project MUM, the Phone Art Box Project, and the SqueezeBox Slam. One of her main interests is in transformative events and media, especially in the realm of public art.
Cecily Miller served as a leader in the field of community arts for more than 20 years; through Spark Art she now works as an independent arts consultant with a specialty in cultural programs that explore and celebrate the distinctive qualities of communities and places. Currently, she is engaged in guiding a public art initiative for the Town of Arlington. Previously, Miller was the first Executive Director of the Somerville Arts Council, where her work received one of the first Commonwealth Awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Executive Director of the Forest Hills Educational Trust, where she launched an innovative program of site-responsive sculpture and installation art in the grounds of historic Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, MA. She has served on numerous grant review panels and juries and is an advisor to a family foundation that funds contemporary art publications. Miller is also a member of the committee that organizes the annual HONK! Festival of activist street bands in Somerville, MA.