Museum puts out call to fibre artists

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre is calling for submissions to their new exhibit featuring artists from across the Rainy River Valley.

Museum curator Danielle Marshall says they hope to pull in artists from across the district.

“We’re calling for submissions from anybody who may have made fibre arts within the Rainy River Valley or with ties to the area,” she said. “We chose to use Rainy River Valley instead of district because Rainy River Valley is the agricultural term for the region and fibre art is made from the natural world like wool and stuff like that, so we’re trying to bring in that as a cultural tie-in.”

The term fibre arts does encompass a wide array of media as well.

“We’re accepting a diverse range of fibre art forms,” Marshall said. “Quilting, embroidery, weaving, rug hooking, wearable art, mixed media with fibre arts etc.”

Anyone interested in submitting their work to the museum for the show can do so by filling out the Google form through the link on the Museum’s Facebook page. Anyone who may have difficulty with the tech side of things can drop into the museum to talk about entering their piece in the exhibit.

The idea of a fibre arts exhibit is not new to the museum, they have done them as recently as 2019.

“It’s something that the museum does on a pretty regular basis,” Marshall said. “It’s a great way to get fibre arts as a medium to people who might not necessarily know that fibre arts are just as wonderful as paintings and photography. It’s more of a celebration of artisans and maybe people who have done more craft-based or folklore-based artwork. It’s a celebration of those crafts and the people who make them.”

The deadline for submissions is March 15 and the artists selected will be informed in the week following. The exhibit will open with a wine and cheese reception on Friday, Apr. 19.