Tantalizing Textiles: The Fantastic Fibers of our Layered Lives
By Judith Belt-Smith, graduate student, School for Graduate Studies
March 12, 2013
An exhibition spotlighting three fiber artists is open to the public at The Teaching Gallery, 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, featuring works by artists Nan Travers, Jessica Matthews and Helen Hall, all members of the college community. The art includes work that is both whimsical and functional. A talk/demo by the artists is set for Friday, Mar. 22, 7-9 p.m. The exhibit runs through Mar. 31.
Travers, Matthews and Hall differ in their approaches to fiber arts. Matthews uses various dyeing techniques and recycled materials in her pieces; Hall shows her mastery on the loom by creating intricate scarves; and Travers reveals her whimsical side in her full-size felted mermaid.
The exhibit is curated by Judith Belt-Smith, who holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in curatorial practice and museum studies from Empire State College and is a current MALS student with a concentration in museum education.
About the Artists
Travers has been a fabric artist for more than 25 years, focusing her talent on silk painting and felting. She is the director of collegewide academic review at Empire State College and teaches classes in fiber arts.
Matthews is a student at Empire State College-Latham Unit, finishing her Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in studio arts.
Hall is a student at Empire State College-Saratoga Unit and is finishing her degree with a concentration in studies in education and art.