BlackRock Center for the Arts’ Kay Gallery Presents HANDCRAFTED: Fiber Art & Turned Wood Group Exhibition

By Editorial Team on January 24, 2018

Sat, 20 January 2018 - Sat, 24 February 2018

Caution HB2 by Erika Diamond. Courtesy of Kay Gallery.
Currently on view through Saturday, February 24, 2018.

The regional juried exhibition HANDCRAFTED: Fiber Art & Turned Wood presents the work of 53 contemporary artists and fine craft artisans working in fiber art and turned wood. The exhibit was open to submissions from artists residing in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. The 23 selected works of fiber art feature traditional and experimental materials which employ textile techniques which include quilting, weaving, embroidery, knitting, sewing, beading, and mixed media along with current innovations in this evolving medium. The 38 selected works of turned wood include both functional and sculptural pieces created using the lathe, hand-held tools, and a steady hand to carve original turnings which demonstrate a wide range of forms which can be achieved on a rotating axis.

Fiber Art entries were juried by Camille Anne Brewer, Curator of Contemporary Art at the George Washington University Textile Museum in Washington, DC, who selected works by artists Lynda Andrews-Barry, Sasha Baskin, Marina Baudoin, Atsuko Chirikjian, Linda Colsh, Catherine Day, Erika Diamond, Joan Dreyer, Zoya Gutina, Judy Kirpich, Alice Magorian, Dominie Nash, Yena Peace Park, Amy Wike, Katherine Wilson, and Dianne Miller Wolman.

Turned Wood entries were juried by Fleur Bresler, a collector of turned wood who is a Commissioner for the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, who selected works by artists Tim Aley, Joseph Barnard, Douglas Bartos, Phil Brown, Michael J. Colella, Joe Dickey, Andy DiPietro, Richard Foa, George French, Bill Gray, Dan Greer, Steve Haddix, Carol Hall, Philip Hauser, Mark Heatwole, Brian Humbel, Michael Kehs, Jordon Kitt, David Milano, Tim Moore, William Price, Sherman Reeder, Bob Rotche, Lou Rudinski, Ann Ruppert, Paul Sandler, Ronald Sheehan, Donald Smith, Lynda Smith-Bugge, Mike Sorge, Rod Stabler, Michael Summers, David Swiger, David Termini, Jeannie Ureno, Richard Webster, and Stan Wellborn.

Camille Ann Brewer began as Curator of Contemporary Art, a newly created position, at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in fall 2016. Prior to coming to Washington, DC, Ms. Brewer was executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions, based at the University of Chicago. Between 1999 and 2014, Brewer operated her own fine art consulting business, CAB Fine Art, Ltd. Her clients included: Jane Addams Hull-House in Chicago, the Romare Bearden Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the Detroit Children’s Museum. Brewer earned her undergraduate degree from California College of the Arts and her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor and Valdosta State University. Brewer is also a handweaver and has been producing fine art textiles for over 30 years.

Fleur Bresler is a collector of turned wood focused on the evolution of the woodturners’ work over their career, and has many other craft-art pieces in other media. She has donated pieces to museum collections and supports craft schools, art organizations and museums with her philanthropy. In addition, Bresler has supported the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA as vice president and as president of its board of trustees. She was also president of VisArts in Rockville, MD during the move to its current expanded space. The catalog A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection documented her exhibition of turned wood at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in 2010. She has been honored by the James Renwick Alliance in 2012 with the One-of-a-Kind award; in 2014 the American Craft Council presented the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy; and the Collectors of Wood Art presented her with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Currently she is a Commissioner at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm

*Also open select evening and Sunday hours when performances are offered. Please call to confirm.

*The Galleries and BlackRock will be closed on Monday, February 19 (President’s Day)

BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.