Contemporary Weaving at New Hope Arts Center
“ARCTIC PLANES”: This tapestry by Mary-Ann Sievert is part of “For the Love of the Loom – The Fine Art of Weaving,” on view at the New Hope Arts Center November 16 through January 5, 2020. The exhibition also features woks by Rita Romanova Gekht, Bojana Leznicki, Susan Martin Maffei, Ilona Pachler, Armando Sosa, and Betty Vera.
Seven contemporary fiber artists will be featured in “For the Love of the Loom – The Fine Art of Weaving” at the New Hope Arts Center from November 16 through January 5, 2020.
The artists — Rita Romanova Gekht, Bojana Leznicki, Susan Martin Maffei, Ilona Pachler, Mary-Ann Sievert, Armando Sosa, and Betty Vera — work with a variety of techniques, from traditional to experimental.
Though equipment may range from manually-operated to computer-assisted looms, each artist approaches weaving as an artistic medium. As vehicles for personal expression, their textiles reflect each artist’s background, influences, and individual artistic vision — whether encompassing ancestral traditions or commenting on contemporary life.
Tapestry has an ancient history that continues to the present day. The late 1960s and early 1970s brought about a revival of interest in this art form, as artists began to experiment with weaving in new ways. Two internationally-renowned tapestry artists from this movement, Archie Brennan and Michelle Lester, are also represented in the exhibition. Weavers and teachers, both have influenced many fiber artists and were mentors and/or colleagues of six of the artists in “For the Love of the Loom.”
The exhibition also features a boutique of wearables and other fiber work by local weavers. Weaving demonstrations, lectures, and artist talks will take place throughout the exhibition’s run. As events are scheduled, they will be listed on the center’s website, www.newhopearts.org, along with exhibition hours and travel directions. New Hope Arts is located at 2 Stockton Avenue, 2nd floor, New Hope, Pa. (215) 862-9606.