GALLIPOLIS — Fiber artists Barbara Morejon and Marlene Gruetter will be featured in the French Art Colony Galleries during August. Opening Friday and running through Aug. 31, the exhibit, “Avante-Garde Felt Wearables” blends fashion, sculpture and textile arts into a one-of-a-kind showcase.
Marlene Gruetter offers examples of of her Shambolic fashions, a composition of fashions created from recycled silk garments and fine Merino wool in an expression of color, texture and style. The fashions are uniquely sculpted without seams, using a hand-made felting technique blending the silks and wool.
Barbara Morejon’s creations invoke a sense of whimsy, including sculptural elements such as faces, imaginative creatures and more. Working with a variety of wools such as camel, yak, alpaca and others, she carefully chooses her materials based on the desired textures and qualities of the final creation.
Both Morejon and Greutter has extensive awards to their credit, and the lists are growing. Morejon has recently been featured in “Felt,” an Australian magazine dedicated to showcasing acclaimed fiber artists and their works. Gruetter has extensive teaching, competition and exhibition credentials, as well.
The artists will be on hand to greet visitors to the French Art Colony exhibition from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. The “Meet the Artists” event is free and open to the public.
The French Art Colony is located at 530 First Ave., in Gallipolis. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The Galleries are closed on Mondays. Admission is free.
The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
For more information call the French Art Colony at 740-446-3834, or visit www.frenchartcolony.org.