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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fiber Arts as a M.E.E.C. Precursor

Wetlands Sunsest by Erin Murphey

Peace in the Woods by Christine Raber
 Usually the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) holds a series of programs to get people thinking about the theme of the yearly exhibition long before the entry deadline.  

I was tickled that that year Janet Olney Lasley, an art teacher at Dayton's Chaminade-Julienne High School used collages with fiber in her 90-minute workshop held during the Winter Wisdom Retreat (February, 2011).  In a world where fiber artists have to work hard to present and have their work accepted as "art" rather than "craft", I find this to be absolutely wonderful.

According to the information at M.E.E.C. (I didn't attend the retreat)  the "participants discussed the values of  restored natural  areas, places of personal and spiritual restoration and living in harmony with the land.  Prairie elements of fire, soil, water, tall grass and God's kingdom on earth were also discussed , and participants reflected on their personal experiences of the land and expressed them while constructing their collage.

Tree by Siobhan Finnen

The First by Pamela Dorsten
I'm afraid my shots of "The Tree" and "The First" don't really do them justice...they were over my head and hard to shoot! Ah, to be about 6" taller! 

I really love the textural qualities and the spontaneity of the pieces.  

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