Artist: Horowitz Center Galleries
Reception: Thursday, October 26, 2023 05:00 PM
Gallery: Richard B. Talkin Family Art Gallery
Gallery Dates: August 28, 2023 – November 19, 2023

Road to the Arts Reception: Thursday, September 21, 5-8 p.m. in collaboration with the Howard County Arts Council.

Artist Statement:

Curated by Maryland Art Place (MAP), “Warp & Weft” highlights female artists working in fiber. Women and their relationship to fiber have long been intertwined throughout history. Athena, goddess of war strategy, wisdom, justice, and crafts, was especially known for weaving. It is told that she made the first human woman’s dress for Pandora, teaching Pandora how to weave herself. This legacy was mirrored in the matriarchal tendencies of women, passing down their generational knowledge and know-how to their daughters. This was often seen with quilting, as example, which largely began out of necessity, eventually turning to more of an art form as techniques and needlework advanced. The female role has increased tenfold over the last five decades to encompass domestic, emotional, and financial responsibilities. Perhaps women today have become the “Warp,” the generally stronger thread in the weave: the foundation for the “Weft” that flows between.

Warp & Weft includes artworks by Jennifer McBrien, Karin Birch, Pamela Thompson, Bonnie Crawford, Sasha Baskin, Katie O’Keefe and Christine Wolfe Strong. Taking a contemporary approach to age old techniques, the exhibition will include everything from felting, embroidery, stitching and weaving.

Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage with the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas.

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