The Austin Fiber Artists’ show at the Dougherty Art Center’s Julia C. Butridge Gallery was a beautiful and wide-ranging showing of fiber arts. Quilting, felting, dyeing, string painting, weaving, basketry, two dimensional, three dimensional, serious, whimsical, brightly colored, subtly colored- there was something there for everyone.
Part of the exhibit was a members’ wall where all the pieces reflected the show’s theme of “threads in the tapestry of Austin” by depicting an Austin icon. Part of this challenge was that all works had to be rendered in black, white and one additional color. Interesting themes developed spontaneously as different people chose a similar Austin emblem but realized it in different styles.
The show was juried by San Antonio fiber artist Miki Rodriguez, who also attended the opening. She explained how she looked for works that surprised her and held the eye while demonstrating good technique and artistic principles. AFA is grateful for her care and vision in selecting the pieces; the show was much admired for its professionalism and consistency.