Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Common Threads" Exhibit

The Charlevoix Public Library is hosting the Northern Michigan Textile Artists' exhibit "Common Threads" through October 31, 2010. The group was founded in November 2007 in response to interest created by the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational Show at the library. Composed of fiber and mixed-media artists from Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties, the group meets monthly at the Charlevoix Library. Meetings include discussion of artistic and professional issue. demonstrations of techniques, informal critique sessions.

SAQA members Kerry Bowes, Gera Witte from Elk Rapids and Kathie Briggs from Charlevoix are members of the group. The show features small works created during the past two years: a series of color studies, photo-inspired pieces and collaborative works.

Kerry's "First Course Series: Blue Bass" is mono-chromatic study and is one of four color studies by Kerry in this series.

Kathie's "45 Degrees North: Still Waters" is an example of a complementary scheme.
Gera's "Ice Blue" is one of her two interpretations of a photograph of ice boats on Torch Lake taken by group member Babs Young.

Kerry, Gera and Kathie collaborated with Betsy Ross Doyle to interpret a photograph of fishing buoys which they have donated to the library.

In addition to the main show, in the gallery between the community rooms and the main library, three dimensional work is featured in the display cases in the Michigan Room. For more information contact Kathie @

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