When:Friday, September 17, 2010
Where:Textile Arts Center
505 Caroll Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231

 From Textile Arts Center:

Join the textile, craft, education and arts community in welcoming Textile Arts Center GRAND OPENING PARTY and Inaugural Gallery Exhibition “Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fibers”, curated by Joetta Maue.On September 17, 2010 Brooklyn’s Textile Arts Center will officially open its doors  to artists and community members alike.  The Opening Party will be held from 8:00 to 11:00PM at the center’s new location. The Center’s opening party celebrates the completion of its new space on Carroll Street, the renovation of its management, and updated business strategy.  The event will feature a live 5-piece brass band, Raya Brass Band, who exuberantly deliver swirling, dynamic music of the Balkans. Food will be provided by Bencotto and beverages by Fire Island Beer and wine vendors in the neighborhood. However, the main event will be the premier of the Textile Arts Center Gallery space.  
The inaugural exhibition, Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fibers, will be curated by Joetta Maue — a celebrated textile artist recently known for her series of embroideries and images exploring intimacy.  This exhibition will feature works from various fiber artists and present a large array of textile mediums from stationary installations to performance and video work. 

Exhibiting Artists: Heidi Field-Alvarez, Sarah Bahr, Emily Barletta, Jamie Bertsch, Andrea Donnelly, Erin Endicott, Mallory Feltz, Virginia Fitzgerald, Sierra Furtwangler, Meredith Grimsley, LUKE Haynes, Tod Hensley, Jennifer Hunold, Janice Jakielski, Sheila Klein, Julie Kornblum, Lucia LaVilla-Havelin, Clayborn Jackson Lohmann, Alisha McCurdy, Margarita Mileva, John Paul Morabito, Suyeon Na, Erin M. Riley, Rebecca Ringquist, Leslie Schomp, Lou Trigg, Cayce Zavaglia, Amanda Tiller.
The response from artists has been considerable: it isn’t far-fetched to say that the textile world is a-buzz about the Textile Arts Center and its Cutting Edge show.  Traditionally, fiber is thought of as a “rule-based” medium, but Ms. Maue and the Center hope to prove to the community that this is not so; fiber work has graduated from the realm of kitschy to the level of fine art.  Though the Textile Arts Center’s educational programming is based in the foundations of weaving, felting, knitting, dyeing, and screen printing, curricula are constantly tailored to push the envelope.

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