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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, April 21, 5 - 8pm 
Artists' Studio in the Foothills Presents 
PATTERNS IN FIBER & CLAY - Featuring
Ceramic and Fabric Art by over 40 Local, National & International Artists
Fiber Arts Lecture & Presentation on the use of Pattern & Art Quilt History 
Live Music by Nicolo Paoletti & Gregory Young

Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF)
Visual Arts Center of Nevada County
940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-274-7000 / 530-210-3162  www.asifstudios.com

Contact: Amanda Paoletti, Owner, Director
530-210-3162 amandapaoletti.asif@gmail.com   
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On Friday, April 21 from 5 - 8pm the Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) invites the public for an evening of fine art, food, wine and live music featuring fiber artists  Joan DyerSandra Poteet and  Lin Schiffner and more than forty national and international ceramic artists' works as part of a series of rotating exhibitions of FCAM/ Foothills Ceramic Art Museum's permanent collection.

 
PATTERNS IN FIBER...

These three artists have worked toward a common goal for many years in an effort to increase awareness about fiber and fabric as an important media and fine art form. This exhibit reflects their continued effort in pushing themselves as artists to expand the creative limits of this dynamic medium.

Joan, Sandra and Lin hope that viewers of this exhibition will take a moment to grasp the great power found in such a common and familiar material as cloth.
The work of these three artists has been shown extensively, both nationally and internationally, in galleries, juried art exhibitions and fiber art competitions around the world.

Joan Dyer describes her work... " My fabric art is largely intuitive. I build my designs quickly and freely. I love to work (play) in my studio, and add a little magic here and there for the viewer to enjoy." 

Sandra Poteet... "I am inspired and challenged by appreciation of the fine arts, photography, fine crafts,and the natural environment. My methods continue to evolve with one constant: I love the medium of fabric with its essential textural presence." 

Lin Schiffner..."My art melds the heartfelt with my love for color and a compulsion for meticulous detail. Creating fabric art is a practice that brings solace, joy, and purpose. It provides an avenue for expression of my life's experiences and inspirations.

Starting at 6:30pm, fiber artists Sandra Poteet and Lin Schiffner will give a short presentation in the center's community classroom on "Patterns in Art Quilting". The talk and slide show will focus on the history of traditional quilting to the evolution of art quilting with the use of pattern.  


PATTERNS IN CLAY...
For this exhibit, FCAM museum collector and founder Kenneth Underwood has chosen pieces from his collection that incorporate pattern in their surface treatment. As in any media - with ceramics, whether carved or stamped, printed or painted, pattern is created by repetition. Take any shape - a line, a circle, a triangle, a leaf, a blob - shift it left or right, up or down, flip it vertically or horizontally, or rotate it endlessly, and you have created a pattern. Shift it then rotate it and you create a spiral. Think of wallpaper and how it is printed in endless rolls up and down and seam to seam, and you will understand how pattern is created.

Underwood explains... "When I looked over the pieces I selected for this exhibit, it struck me that they are mostly round; wheel thrown, coiled, or altered, they all started by creating a circular form. Potters develop their skills by throwing the same shapes over and over until they master the process. Some potters then create molds to cast copies of those perfect shapes. The potter's process is one of repetition and refinement. Each pot is the product of a pattern! But each pot is also unique because it is made by hand.
For so many potters to decorate their pots with patterns should be no surprise. It is part of their DNA".
 
The Patterns in Fiber exhibition will be on display through May 27th, Patterns in Clay through June 17th.

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm


PRIVATE STUDIO EXHIBITIONS:
Yvonne Bartlett - Mixed Media
Eileen Blodgett - Acrylics, Watercolor & Printmaking
Odette Brush - Watercolor
Christoph Dierman - Oil Painting
Barbara Harris - Mixed Media, Encaustics & Printmaking
Sally Herring - Acrylics & Printmaking
Betsy Hufnagel - Encaustics, Printmaking & Mixed Media  
Betsey Marie Leach - Graphic Design
Jill Mahanna - Oil Painting
Susan Michalski - Mixed Media & Encaustics
Jean Patterson - Mosaics
Lin Schiffner - Printmaking & Fiber Arts
Cathy Tardif - Acrylic Painting
Cabrina Channing - Metal Arts & Jewelry Making
Mark Wilcox - Oil Painting


The Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF), a 4000 square foot - fully equipped studio art center that opened its doors in 2008, offering classes and workshops in a variety of media for all ages, private and shared studio space for working artists, and a gallery to promote local and visiting artists. Their mission is to nurture the creative spirit of the community, providing a place where are can be made, displayed and appreciated.

ASiF is home to over 20 studio artists and instructors, offering classes for adults and children in drawing, painting, printmaking, encaustics, mosaics, jewelry, metal arts, pottery, sculpture and mixed media.

The Artists' Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) Visual Arts Center of Nevada County is located at 940 Idaho Maryland Road, in Grass Valley. For more information go to www.asifstudios.com or call 530-274-7000.   
 
KNOW & GO:

Who: Fiber artists, Joan Dyer, Poteet and Schiffner & Ken Underwood/Foothills Ceramic Art Museum (FCAM) & Musical Guests Gregory Young Nicolo Paoletti

What: Wine Reception, Fiber & Clay Art Exhibition, Lecture & Live Music

Where: ASiF Studios, 940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA  95945  

When: Friday, April 21, 5 - 8pm

Contact: Amanda Paoletti, 530-274-7000 / amandapaoletti.asif@gmail.com

Website: www.asifstudios.com
Artists' Studio in the Foothills - Nevada County Visual Arts Center
940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA  95945  530.274.7000 
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