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.
Wood Carving by Stan Fettig
May 1st through May 31st
Carving a neckerchief slide at age twelve started Stan Fettig down the road to becoming a sculptor in wood. Fettig graduated from a pocket knife to specialized woodworking tools, slowly, as he practiced his art from boyhood, through military and telecommunication careers, and into retirement. These days he enjoys time at his bench carving gnome houses and working on a variety of animal, bird, and Santa sculptures. Fettig works mainly in American Basswood and Tupelo.
Teaching came late, and accidentally, to the artist. A few years ago, while on vacation in Florida, he attended a local woodcarver’s club. When some people who were new to the craft asked club members for instruction in carving, no one spoke up until Fettig responded: “I can teach you”. He found that teaching brought out a desire to help more people learn the art in order to carry it on.
His introductory class teaches beginners how to carve a cowboy boot. This project gives his students a few basic skills in using a knife on wood. He hopes, through his sculptures and through his classes, to promote the art of wood carving and to teach those wishing to learn.
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