CHESTER -- Eight contemporary artists are set to exhibit in "The Uncommon Thread," the inaugural fiber show at the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art beginning Saturday with an opening reception, open to the public and free, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Featured artists include Vermont artists Judy Dales of Greensboro, Elizabeth Fram of Waterbury Center, Marilyn Gillis of Burlington, Karen Henderson of Montpelier and Karen Kamenetzky of Brattleboro. They will be joined by Sandy Gregg of Cambridge, Mass., Wen Redmond of Strafford, N.H., and Susan Wei of Ashland, N.H. The show will be on view through Oct. 21.
A gallery talk will be presented with Kamenetzky on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
As Abby Raeder, VTica’s executive director and curator of the show explained "there are many fiber artists working in non-traditional mediums throughout New England. We wanted to showcase their work and focus attention on this often overlooked segment of contemporary art."
For many of the featured artists, nature is their inspiration. The artists dye, paint and often hand-stitch the fabrics. For Henderson, her stitching with thread suggest the landscape; dimension is added with tucks, layers and other manipulations of the fabric. In Dales’ work, the artist uses a piercing technique to create a clean, classic look. Dales occasionally adds extra layers of transparent fabric to soften the edges of the work to create a subtle,