Creative Threads exhibit at BIG ARTS

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Three award-winning artists will have their unique works on display during the Creative Threads exhibit Nov. 5 through Dec. 13, in the new Dunham Family Gallery at BIG ARTS on Sanibel.
Hours of the exhibit are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Masks are required, and there is a 30-person limit in the gallery. There will also be a virtual gallery that will be live on Nov. 11.
Fiber art is a widely celebrated art medium, one that is ever evolving and crosses the boundaries between fine art and craft. Works by Sally Dutko, Bonnie Langenfeld and Angela Scozzari are gorgeous pieces that demonstrate how fiber art is more than a traditional artform.
Dutko creates mostly raw-edge abstract work, along with some figurative and whimsical pieces. She gets inspired by anything and everything. She said, “My artwork showcases many ways to dye, paint, and manipulate the surface of fabrics. The work, whether small or large, is mostly abstract or suggestive of elements in the natural world. Color, shape and texture are keys to the themes. I would like others to appreciate the joyful experience I have in combining any kind of fiber materials with ink, acrylics or thickened dyes.”
Langenfeld creates realistic fabric art in raw-edge applique and thread sketching, focusing on landscapes. She prides herself in not using any paint or ink to enhance the images, with few exceptions. She said, “My exhibit will include both quilted and non-quilted fabric work. Some will be framed; some will not. My work is realistic, mainly landscapes; and I’ve included a dog portrait and florals for this show. I hope that people viewing my work will first be amazed at how fabric and quilted pieces can have a place in the fine art world. I am delighted when someone is surprised to learn that my picture is not painted at all but is created only in fabric and free-motion machine stitching.”
Scozzari uses a combination of found objects, rusted metal in particular, as well as fibers she hand dyes and spins. This exhibit includes recycled plastic, vintage glass beads, wood, and hand-dyed paper, among other found materials. All her work is an expression of her emotional life, an extension of her inner thoughts and nuanced feelings. “From a pile of thread scraps, pieces of metal that I find on my morning walks, or rotted wood from my garden, I seek beauty in what others deem as discard,” she said.

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