ArtProv gallery’s newest exhibit, “FIber Works,” will run from July 14, 2014, to August 2, 2014, and will feature the textile works of four artists: Liz Alpert Fay, Michelle Sirois-Silver, Mary Jane Andreozzi and Judith Larzelere. An opening reception will be held during Gallery Night Providence on July 17 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The gallery will also be open on the following days during the Handweavers Guild of Americas Convergence in Providence: July 14 – July 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is also open by appointment.
About Liz Alpert Fay: Liz Alpert Fay received a BAA in Textile Design from The Program in Artisanry at Boston University in 1981. For seventeen years she created art quilts, exhibiting nationally, and in Japan. The artist exhibited in such shows as “Quilt National” and at the American Craft Museum in New York. Liz’s quilts can be found in both private and corporate collections. They can also be seen in many publications including “The Art Quilt” by Robert Shaw. An ornament created by Liz is part of The White House permanent collection.
About Michelle Sirois-Silver: Michelle Sirois-Silver is a Vancouver based fibre artist who designs and hand hooks rugs for the floor and wall. She was born on the Gaspe and grew up on Vancouver Island so it’s not surprising that natural elements are recurring themes in her work. The rug hooking technique she uses is a traditional folk art popular in eastern Canada. Her contemporary style of hand hooked rugs embraces its spirit and traditions but the subject matter, designs, and sense of colour make her work uniquely west coast. The works incorporate a range of materials from hand dyed wool fabrics to metal and silk ribbon hand hooked into a linen backing. Her most recent works explore ways that combine surface design techniques with a hand hooked surface.
About Mary Jane Andreozzi: Andreozzi’s work is inspired by the grace, strength, and beauty of the natural world. She searches for the same sense of balance and harmony in her images that she observes in nature. She interested in expressing an inner energy that leans towards symbolism and becomes more than a realistic rendering.
About Judith Larzelere: Larzelere’s experience with needle and thread began when she started an embroidered sampler at the age of seven. She learned to knit from my fifth grade teacher and she still makes a sweater or two each year. Sewing and thinking about fabric have always been pleasurable to her, and it seemed very natural to turn to this skill for a career. She was trained as a painter at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. There she learned to develop my love of color. Since 1978 she been making art quilts full-time.