When: May 7 - June 25, 2022
Where: Shell Point, Tribby Arts Center, 17281 On Par Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33908
About: “Ding” Darling’s Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash. The 2022 fashion show celebrates the 40th anniversary of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), which hosted both events. An exhibition showcasing the “best of the best” of the two runway shows will open to the general public.
Hours/Admission: Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 - 3:00, Free
When: June 6 - 23 , 2022
Where: 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919 United States
About: The quilts in this exhibit reflect the varied traditions and artmaking methods characteristic of contemporary art quilters. Included are original surface designs on fabric, hand stitching,machine stitching, hand embellishments, applique, and digital printing. Some works are representational. Some are abstract. Sally Dutko’s dyed and painted fabrics transform into abstract compositions hinting at subjects through color, texture, line, pattern and typography.
See images below taken of Rose Youngs and Cheryl Costleys work that is featured at the Naples Botanical Gardens Exhibit called Fiber Arts Now
Scroll down to post from 4/4 with details on this show.
WOW - what talented members we have - Impressive
Introduction to Textile Art
Launches on Friday 22nd April. Bookings close 21st April.Available to watch from: 22nd April (part 1), 23rd April (part 2), 24th April (part 3)
With step-by-step demonstrations, it’s the perfect way to get started. Follow the videos at home at a time that suits you – no experience is needed. And it’s so much fun!
On display April 8 – June 26, 2022 in Kapnick Hall
Curated by Naples Botanical Garden
From nature, honoring nature; Five local artists’ work will be “woven” together in this synergistic exhibition featuring material like silk, pine needles, reed, and cotton. Wrap yourself in a never-before-seen celebration of the possibilities of fiber, the beauty of the Garden, and the endless potential of the natural world.
In addition to this engaging exhibition, visitors are invited to participate in a community weaving project on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, from 10am-2pm. Three large looms will be installed on the Performance Lawn where you can partake in the essence of what it means to be intertwined, with instruction by seasoned volunteers from the Weavers of Char-Lee guild. You will weave not only handspun fibers like yarn but also natural plant materials harvested from the Garden.
Live Artist Demonstrations
Included with admission, demonstration Saturdays (see the schedule below) will give you an even more in-depth look into the medium of Fiber Art. Whether it’s pine needle basket weaving or Rozome/Batik, you’ll be able to experience the exhibition with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the artists’ process.
Exhibiting artists will be present from 11am – 2pm on the following dates:
April 23: Muffy Clark Gill
April 30: Dusty Holmes
May 7: Dusty Holmes
May 14: Mary Day
May 28: Mary Day
June 18: Muffy Clark Gill
June 25: Dusty Holmes
About the Artists:
Cheryl Costley has had a love for fabric since her childhood. After focusing on a career and earning her Ph.D., she has found herself once again surrounded by fabric. There is a repeated theme in Costley’s work, the Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera) plant. As her favorite, native Florida plant, it is honored in this exhibition because of the work it does to preserve and protect our beaches and ecosystem.
Mary Day weaves forms from rattan that curve, bend, are open, and seem to be as light as the air itself – a practice she’s been cultivating over the past 15 years. Rooted in drawing her work is strongly influenced by flora and fauna and she hopes that guests consider how each individual piece plays an important “part” in relating to the “whole.”
Muffy Clark Gill knows her way around the wax-resist dyeing technique known as Batik. She first saw Batik at an exhibition in Kampala, Uganda, and has chased the medium ever since. You’ll see references to the Garden throughout her work in the exhibit, including Gill’s interpretation of the Garden’s beloved Roberto Burle Marx mural found in the Kapnick Brazilian Garden.
Dusty Holmes’ pine needle baskets hold so much intimacy. Each needle goes through a delicate process to prepare it for weaving. The woven vessels give a nod to a simpler time when our ancestors depended on natural materials for some of their most basic survival needs. You may notice a familiar seedpod or two woven into Holmes’ work; these seedpods were found in our very own Garden.
Roseline Young’s love for textures, color, and patterns has kept her entangled in the fiber medium for over 30 years. Young has been weaving natural materials like wool, cotton, and linen on looms, often leaving edges and ends spilling out of the tapestry and inviting the viewer back inside. Young has organized several community weaving projects throughout Southwest Florida and will be leading the one taking place at the Garden the opening weekend of the exhibit.
This exhibition supports this year’s Intertwined theme, which explores the connections in the natural world and the bond between people and plants.
This exhibition is included with general Garden admission.
The 2022 Coco Gallery Exhibit was hung today!
Drop by the Coconut Point Location now until January 26th to see in person
Anne Powell is teaching a workshop in February and just won 1st place. Hurry and sign up before class is full!
Travel Diva by Sally Dutko
Art Quilters Unlimited members will be featured on exhibit at COCO Art Gallery from
Jan.5-26, 2022. An opening reception will be held for all participating Coco Gallery
artists on Thursday, January 6, from 5-7 p.m. COCO Art Gallery is located next at 8074
Mediterranean Drive, Estero next to Panera in Coconut Point Mall.
Art Quilters Unlimited (AQU) is a group of fiber art enthusiasts who share and support
exploration of textile media and techniques that depart from traditional quilting patterns
and methods. AQU meetings include demonstrations or presentations of techniques
such as eco-printing (using leaves and plants to color silk) and wet felting or feature
regional fiber artists talking about their inspirations and processes. Each meeting ends
with a “show and tell” where members reveal their recent creations.
AQU meetings are held the 2nd Saturday of the month in the music room of St. Hilary’s
Episcopal Church at 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL.
For more information about Art Quilters Unlimited meetings and activities, visit the
website at artquiltersunlimited.com
or on Facebook at Art quilters unlimited
For COCO Art Gallery information, go to www.cocoartgallery.com