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October 2, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Welsh Fiber Art Exhibit to Open at GMC’s Feick Fine Arts Center

POULTNEY, VT--“Homelands” is the theme for an exhibit featuring fiber art from Wales, to open at Green Mountain College’s Feick Fine Arts Center October 12.

An artist reception for the exhibit from the group Fibre Art Wales will be held October 16 from 5-6:30 p.m. Artists Alison Mercer (stitched textiles) and Helen Foroughi (tapestry weaving) will host demonstrations and a gallery talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit coincides with GMC’s Welsh Harvest Festival, an annual event at the College’s Cerridwen Farm that celebrates the region’s rich Welsh heritage. This year, the festival is on October 17.

Works to be displayed at the Feick have been inspired by the theme of “Homelands.” The theme evokes “a gentle nostalgia for somewhere where we feel we have our roots, not necessarily our birthplace or even the place we spent our childhood, but somewhere unlike any other where we feel we belong and is a place with which we identify.” Pieces illustrate the richness and diversity of fiber art in all its forms, and the exhibit covers the media of fiber, weave, collage, paper, print, embroidery, mixed media, wire and quilting.

Fibre Art Wales was founded in 1999 to “educate and stimulate the public regarding new developments and challenges in the current visual fibre art climate.” Collectively the group has exhibited throughout the UK and Ireland including members showing at the ‘CRAFTSBOSTON 08’ exhibition, at the invitation of The American Art & Craft Society.

Green Mountain College’s Welsh Heritage Program cultivates an interest in Welsh culture through the Harvest Festival; the student choir and ensemble (the only American choir to perform Welsh hymns and folksongs at each of its performances); an exchange program with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth; and Griswold Library’s special Welsh collections.

“Homelands” will be on display through November 20. The Feick Fine Arts Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. There is no admission charge.


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