April: Gerald “Jerry” O’Donnell, Fiber Artist on Fiber to Fabric, 4/24, 7pm, Free
Come visit with Gerald “Jerry” O’Donnell during his lecture exploring how fiber becomes fabric: a poetic transition, as he writes in his artist statement: “A driving need within me to be creative and to explore fiber, has led me to the joy of experimentation by breaking the rules of fabric construction. My work of changing fiber into fabric brings together color blending, texture mixing, and tactile emotion, of the ancient craft of felting. Several felting techniques are used in my work, mainly Nuno, wet, and needle processing.
“The felting of fiber into fabric is the simple process of teasing open the scales of fiber to cause them to blend and adhere to themselves and each other. This is done with heat, pressure, and alkaline solution, applied to natural furs and hairs, such as wools, alpaca, camel, cashmere, silks, etc.
“To me, the value of my pieces lies in their ability to change the observer’s idea of what cloth fabric is. Our everyday world takes fabric for granted. I want it to be seen as the unique manipulation of the ancient cloth making tradition.” His personal artist statement leaves one curious to know more. Jerry intends to leave us with inspiration and motivation to further explore the nuances of fibers, felting, and how an artist interacts through a tactile approach to art.
This lecture is open to the public, and no fee for Felted shawl by Jerry O’Donnell. attendance.
N.C. Museum of Art Tour & Lunch, 4/26, 8 am – until
Take a short trip with Randolph Arts Guild to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art to view the “Glory of Venice Renaissace Painting” and “Ansel Adams Masterworks” exhibits. Van will leave Randolph Arts Guild at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning. Cost is $25 member / $30 nonmember. Cost covers transportation to the museum, entry into the museum with a tour guide. Please bring money (approximately $20 +) for lunch at the museum (Iris Restaurant). Space is limited to 20, with a minimum of 10 participants, so invite your friends!