"Masters of Contemporary Basketry" curated by Jane Sauer
625 W McGraw St.,Seattle WA 98119
This exhibition featured 16 of the nation's top artists in Contemporary Basketry. Many of these artists' work has never been shown in the Northwest. Scheduled to coincide with the Bellevue Arts Museum hosting of "Intertwined, Contemporary Baskets from the Sara & David Lieberman Collection," all of our featured artists have work in the museum show. The exhibit featured new work available for acquisition.
organized by the MMA with the assistance of fiber artist Ann Baddeley Keister
November 13, 2008-February 8, 2009
Artists choosing fabric as a medium (and surprising alternative materials) and sewing as a technique is spreading throughout the contemporary art world. A Stitch in Our Time, organized by fiber artist Ann Baddeley Keister, Grand Valley State University Professor of Art, Allendale, Michigan, includes more than 30 objects by 11 artists that reveal the diversity of approaches to stitching and sewing as part of a studio art practice. The artists are Ilze Aviks, Susan Brandeis, Lindsay Ketterer Gates, Jan Hopkins, Mary Anne Jordan, Ann Keister, Kay Khan, Tom Lundberg, Anne McKenzie Nickolson, Carol Shinn, and Anna Torma. All of them acknowledge a debt to the traditions of crafting objects with techniques related to cloth and sewing, but your grandmother's quilts these are not! The creations of these nationally known artists exemplify the transcendence that occurs when artists of vision combine traditional textile techniques with other mediums such as digital imaging, new methods of dyeing, use of the sewing machine, painting and printing cloth, and incorporating non-traditional materials. That the works selected for the exhibition are exquisitely made is part of their appeal. It is also the individual voices of these gifted artists that instill the objects with magic and visual poetry.