Fibre art sought for local showcase

Duane Hicks

Do you quilt, cross-stitch, knit, sew, bead, hook, felt, spin, weave, or otherwise craft using textiles?
If so, the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre wants you to enter your creations in its “Fibre Arts Festival 2019.”
The deadline to enter finished pieces is Jan. 15, with the exhibit to be put up within the following week and then be on display in the upstairs gallery through March.
“We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity,” museum curator Sherry George told the Times.
“Fibre art is colourful and creative, inspiring, and innovative,” she noted.
“Once again, we are confident we will see a wide diversity of entries in a variety of themes and subjects,” George added.
“For certain, fibre artists are singularly passionate about what they do.”
Entries can be original designs or pieces worked from a pattern.
The inaugural “Fibre Arts Festival” was held in the fall/early winter of 2016. And like that one, this also will be a juried event.
Pieces will be judged in four categories: best original design, best pattern piece, best use of materials, and people’s choice.
George noted entries last time ranged from clothing and woven baskets to felt animals and a diorama.
Entries must be complete, ready to be displayed, and accompanied by any necessary hardware and display instructions. The artist’s name, contact information, and the title of the piece must be securely pinned to the back.
Pieces also must be available for the duration of the festival, from the entry deadline of Jan. 15 until exhibit closing on March 31.
The maximum number of entries per person is three. Entry fees are as follows: $15 for one submission, $25 for two, or $30 for three pieces (fees will help cover administration costs).
The museum will insure pieces to include materials only unless the pieces are accompanied by an appraised value.
Any sales will be through direct contact with the artist.
“Fibre Arts Festival 2019” will coincide with “Fibre Content,” an exhibit from the Art Gallery of Burlington showcasing the best of contemporary Canadian fibre art.
The latter will be displayed on the main floor of the museum in February and March.
“Fibre Content” replaces the popular “Threadworks” exhibit that ran for the last time in 2016.
For more information, call 274-7891, e-mail, or drop by the museum.
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.