Current Exhibit

"Wabi-Sabi ~ Finding Beauty in the Imperfect"

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Gallery 110 North of the Plymouth Arts Center will be hosting “Wabi-Sabi: Finding Beauty in the Imperfect,” a Fiber Artists Coalition Exhibition of cutting edge fiber art and mixed media through October 6, 2017.  The public is invited to meet the artists at the festive opening reception on Friday, August 11 from 4:30 to 8 pm. The reception is presented in conjunction with the PAC’s annual, major fundraiser, the 14th Annual “Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts.” Admission is free and open to the public.  The presenting sponsor for “Wabi-Sabi” is Van Horn Automotive.     
Pat Bishop, curator of the exhibition and FAC member, explains “Wabi-Sabi” in this way… “In these days of a throwaway society, it’s good to make do with what we have cherishing the memories they hold.  Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese term for finding beauty in the imperfect.  There is beauty in the worn-out bench by the garage where you sit on a hot summer day and listen to the grasshoppers chant.  That old tree in the back yard isn’t pretty, but conveys beauty in its strength and character, from making it through the thunderstorm and only losing a limb or starting to rot with moss and lichens growing on its trunk while the woodpeckers search for insects. Look to the natural aging of leaves from bright chartreuse to crumbled brown skeletal remains to understand the meaning of Wabi-Sabi.”

“The focus of the artists’ work for this exhibit, “Wabi-Sabi:  Finding Beauty in the Imperfect” gives representation to what satisfies their soul in simple ways.  We engage viewers and invite them to reflect and see in their own lives the imperfect yet simple pleasures of present and past, and the ever-changing life cycle of the natural world around us.”

Included in the Wabi-Sabi exhibition is “Abstraction Distraction.” Many members of the Fiber Artists Coalition use abstraction in their fiber artwork.  Texture is an important part of all fiber art and can only truly be appreciated to the fullest in person.  Abstraction gives the freedom to manipulate the composition to express what is interesting to each of our members individually while following a common theme. 

The Fiber Artists Coalition is an affiliation of textile artists mostly from the upper Midwest who employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge.  Many exhibit their work within and beyond the US.  All are juried artist members of Studio Art Quilters Association, an international organization of more than 2,400 artists, teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors. (www.SAQA.com.) Some members have published books about their artistic processes and are in demand as teachers and lecturers. 

The Cheese Capital Jazz & Blues Crawl fundraiser features live musical entertainment from 4:30-9:00pm in PAC Greatroom and outside in the courtyard. Eleven bands will perform throughout the evening at the PAC and at participating Clubs and Restaurants where music continues through 12:30am. Fundraising festivities include the sale of keepsake wristbands and posters, a silent auction, live auction (7pm) of “Django Reinhardt,”  an original paper/acrylic collage created and donated by Artist Dan Gardiner, photograph raffle for “Black Barn & Tetons” donated by Tom Ferderbar, Big Cash Raffle, PAC’s Bourbon Street Café with food by Three Guys & a Grill, and a cash bar.

Gallery 110 North’s hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 - 4 pm, Saturday - Sunday, Noon-3 pm.  Closed Mondays and Holidays.   Admission to the Gallery is always free.   Please visit the Plymouth Arts Center Gift Shop for fine art gifts made by our members. 
For more information contact The Plymouth Arts Center, 920-892-8409
or visit us downtown at 520 East Mill Street

2017 Major Sponsors

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