Dabbler Quilts by Nancy Oldham
May 1st through June 30th

Nancy Oldham got her start in the fiber arts through a seventh grade home economics class. But she also “meandered” through other arts such as wooden doll carving, painting, macrame, and basketry, earning along the way her 1st badge in Girl Scouts: “Dabbler.” Because she is fascinated by new techniques and hopes to never stop experimenting and learning, she adopted that name for her art quilts: Dabbler Quilts.  All of Oldham’s art quilts are original designs and self-quilted. Oldham says she enjoys translating thoughts into visuals by using fabrics, fibers, threads, dyes, and paints. Her recent experiments have included dye painting, batik, and Shibori techniques. Her quilts tell a story, she says, usually inspired by an image of nature or humanity. “There are endless creative choices in the fiber arts,” she says. “Hopefully, sharing my thoughts and images brings joy and some new positive thought to the observer.”

About Nancy Oldham:
Nancy Oldham is an award-winning fiber artist whose artistic inspiration comes from her memories of traveling as an Air Force Brat, her career in nursing, her experience of motherhood, and from her spiritual beliefs.  Her art quilts not only satisfy her artistic expression but have also provided her with the joy of mentoring teens in sewing and quilting.

Textiletech by Marietta Price
May 1st through June 30th

Marietta Price feels that art is a language. Telling a story through her art quilts is her passion. She realizes her passion by combining fine art portraits and textiles. Her portraiture in quilting uses a free-motion technique, textiles, and painting to achieve a high level of realism in what she calls the “human landscape.”  Price, who earned a Master’s degree from Hollins College, has been a professional artist for 30 years. Although she has worked in watercolor, acrylic, oils, dye painting, batik, hand embroidery, and machine and Nuno felting, Marietta’s principal media are textiles and painting. Her work has been published in magazines, shown in galleries, and has been recognized for her realistic representations. Her ultimate goal as a textile artist is to captivate the viewer both from a distance and up close. Come to the MOarts Gallery in the months of May and June to be captivated by her intricate work.  

About Marietta Price:
Marietta Price is a graduate of Hollins College and a professional textile artist with 30 years of experience. She often presents to guilds and offers workshops in her techniques.  She is an active member in Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA) and the Star Quilt Guild. In her free time, she enjoys building her credentials to become a National Quilt Judge.

 

Pottery & Jewelry
by Gene & Sally Carter

June 1st through June 30th

Gene and Sally Carter have worked with clay since the 1970s, originally in Leonardtown, Maryland, where they owned and operated a pottery.  While living in Southern Maryland, they also taught classes in pottery and music at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and at the county’s senior centers.  In 2008 they retired, Gene from his position as director of the county’s Department of Aging and Sally as a music teacher. In summer of 2008 they relocated to Bedford, trading Maryland’s beautiful waterways for Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake and mountain views.  In Bedford, they became “Resident Artists” at the Bower Center for the Arts on North Bridge Street.

 Gene’s interest now is mainly jewelry-making using sterling wire, copper, rose gold and more recently using the silver-clay process.  Sally continues to explore her “World of Clay” making what she likes.  She uses the American Raku firing technique and makes functional and sculptural pieces using earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain.  Both Gene and Sally work for the enjoyment of working with the medium, learning from it, continuing to grow as a result, with hope that others will like what they do.  Gene’s jewelry can be found at Goose Creek Studio on Court Street in Bedford and Sally’s pottery at 207 Studios, a part of the Electric Company Galleries on Depot Street.

The MOarts gallery is located in the
Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library located at
13641 Moneta Rd. Moneta, VA 24121.
Please call (540) 425-7004
for hours and directions.

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