BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –
August has been a month for the Fiber Arts at Mena Art Gallery. This exhibit, organized by Bridget Sigler, has demonstrated that none of the fiber arts—knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, embroidery, tatting—are “lost arts.” Check out our Facebook page for more photos of the work.
It has also been a month of demonstrations of these skills. Patsy Matthews has made two trips from Arkadelphia and brought a variety of spinning wheels to show us how the raw fiber is transformed from the time it is sheared from the sheep or llama to the time it arrives at the knitter’s needles or the crocheter’s hook.
There have also been demonstrations of embroidery (by Kim Hughes) and weaving by local fiber artists (Bridget Sigler and Annette Veckre) using everything from silk yarns (to make shawls) to strips of blue jeans (to make a woven rug).
If you missed your chance to see some of these fascinating show-and-tell sessions, you have two options: mark your calendar for mid-March for the beginning of the 2014 fiber show or come to the Tuesday fiber arts group at the gallery where several people are practicing these arts year-round. They meet from about 11 am to 2 pm each Tuesday in the Mena Art Gallery, 607 Mena Street. This is a come-and-go informal session where the objectives are to create beautiful things, enjoy each other’s company, and frequently, to learn from each other.