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December 10, 2012

Fiber exhibition at Carnegie showcases artwork from embroidery to quilting and more



“She does a lot of very unusual things with plant materials,” Vasbinder said. “Inspired by one of her books, I started experimenting with imprinting natural materials onto fabric. I really got excited with that.”

Vasbinder, like Kursten, noted that it can be challenging to find places for fiber artists to exhibit their work.

“The fiber people are really at a disadvantage with places to exhibit, so I think a lot of us like to support the Carnegie for that reason,” she said. “It’s good to have a chance to show off.”

Another North Tonawanda resident taking part in the exhibit, Annette Meyer-Grunow, has two quilted pieces, “Sunshine Through the Window” (for which she received the honorable mention award) and “After the Rain,” on display.

“Historically, quilters got inspiration for their patterns from places they lived,” she said of her work, “like the classic log cabin patterns called barn raising, straight furrows, sunshine and shadow, or animal names: bear paw, duck and duckings, snail’s trail.

“I basically follow in that position in a modern way with my quilts.”

Meyer-Grunow said that she was pleased to see the variety of work on display in the exhibit, which she hopes expands viewers’ horizons as far as what’s possible in the field.

“I think it’s very inspiring for people to see all the different ways you can use fiber,” she said. “People normally know what quilts are. And when they see something woven, that’s pretty straight-forward. 

“I think this is good, to open up people’s minds, that fiber is not just knitting and crocheting.”

The exhibit was judged by Jozef Bajus, associated professor of design and coordinator of the fibers program at Buffalo State College.

First place went to Barbara Murak of Getzville for “Regal;” second place, Lily L. Booth of Buffalo for “Fantastic Extravagance;” and third place to MaryAnn Proia of Honeoye Falls for “So Appealing.”

Exhibit hours are noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays and noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays.



IF YOU GO • WHAT: Fiber exhibition • WHEN: Through Dec. 27. Hours are noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays. • WHERE: Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Carnegie Center at 694-4400.


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