Contemporary Fiber Art exhibition extended

Contact: Chris Potash                                                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 15, 2014)
Tel. 610-432-4333, ext. 125
Email: cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org

The exhibition Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley has been extended beyond the originally scheduled closing date of February 23, 2014. Assemblage opened in Goodman Gallery on November 27, 2013, and was to end with a presentation by Barbara Schulman, who is one of six regional fiber artists included in the exhibition. Schulman's talk on "Contemporary Art Quilts: No Longer for the Bed" will still take place on Sunday, February 23, at 1 p.m. ($5 members, $15 nonmembers) and will be followed by a reception to celebrate the extension of the exhibition.

Barbara Schulman creates both two- and three-dimensional works of art that surprise the viewer with the inclusion of unexpected materials. “My primary obsession is pattern developed by repeat forms, stitches, common objects, hand embroidery, or sewing machine drawing," she says, "because empty space makes me a bit nervous.” The other artists featured in Assemblage are Regina Miller from Reading, Pennsylvania, with works of abstracted embroidery; Peggy Hobbs, a full-time fiber artist from the Lehigh Valley whose organic, freeform weavings can also incorporate digital elements; Lizz Berry, a recent Kutztown University fine-arts graduate who enjoys exploring dyed fiber and weaving; local fiber-art luminary Ted Hallman, who is known for his large three-dimensional work that often includes metal, glass, crystals, and plastic; and Linda Friedman Schmidt, whose reclaimed and recycled clothing often combines hauntingly beautiful imagery with provocative sociocultural commentary.

For more information on Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, see the Museum's website under Current Exhibitions.

Barbara Schulman