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Fiberworks – June 6 through June 28

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Oklahoma has many interesting types of art.  In fact, the Oklahoma City art community has exploded in recent years, but while these new art exhibits and projects have been getting a lot of attention, the older exhibits shouldn’t be ignored.  One of those exhibits is Fiberworks, an interesting fiber arts exhibit that will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.  The exhibit opens on June 6 at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) gallery located at 811 N. Broadway.

The fiberworks exhibit is more than just a show, it’s also a juried contest that awards over $3,500 in prize money.  That means that while a large number of fiberworks are submitted for inclusion in the show, only those selected by the juror are actually included.  This year, the works are being selected by Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, an artist who created handmade paper garments using mixed media.  In addition to serving as juror, she will also give a lecture on “garment as metaphor” on June 8 at 7:00 p.m.  The lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.

The works displayed at fiberworks are all very unique and different.  The only media allowed are those that can be done with fiber—needlepoint, basketry, paper, knitting, felt, quilting, crocheting, etc.  Also, only works created in the past two years and never entered in Fiberworks can be submitted for inclusion, so you won’t be seeing the same pieces over and over.

Fiberworks is sponsored by the Fiber Artists of Oklahoma, IAO, and the Oklahoma Arts Council and will run from June 6 through June 27.  More information can be found at http://www.fiberartistsok.org/

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