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Mena Art Gallery’s “Wild Fiber” Show

BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –

The theme for the 2014 Fiber Arts Show is “Wild Fiber.” Of course it will include the domestic variety as well, but we wanted to introduce to you some of the more exotic choices.

And here are some of the things we have lined up for you:

March 14, 1-3 pm. Deborah Jean Cohen will demo weaving Navajo style.

March 15, 1-3 pm. Reception to kick off the show. Come; meet the artists; enjoy the work and the refreshments.

March 21, 1-3 pm. Kevin Burch will demonstrate how to make Felted Soap. This involves felting natural fibers (wool, llama fiber, alpaca) onto goat milk soap to make soap with a built-in washcloth: a spa cloth.

March 28, 1-3 pm. Annette Vekre and Bridget Sigler will conduct a class on “Twining”: woven rag rugs that come out square or rectangular instead of round or oval like the braided rag rugs your grandmother made. The class will include a small loom and all the materials necessary to make a small rug that you will take with you along with the loom. Cost: $25. Registrations required as class space is limited.

April 4, 1-3 pm. Finale. We will have demos going on for lots of different fiber arts, and will have as special guest a real, live llama. He’s friendly, housebroken, and you can pet him and see why so many fiber artists have fallen in love with yarn made from llama fiber.

On display will be a “yarn bombed” chair. You have to see it to appreciate the idea, but the photo shows a collection of fiber artists working on it.

The reception on Saturday, March 15, is a good time to meet most of the fiber artists and decide which of the classes and demos you want to mark on your calendar. Or just set aside a few Fridays and come to all of them.

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