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Handweaving Museum and Arts Center

A Loom of One’s Own:
Tales of Women and Weaving

Opens Thursday, September 9th, reception from 7-9pm

The twentieth century was a time of great change. Modernism, the machine age and the suffrage movement significantly altered the lives of Americans. Amid such turbulence what could a loom of one’s own mean for women of modern times? Whether art or craft, political or personal, modern or traditional, handweaving in America flowered through a turbulent century. This exhibit profiles six women who, through weaving, found their independence, their art and their voice.

The Handweaving Museum & Arts Center is pleased to invite the community to the opening of A Loom of One’s Own: Tales of Women and Weaving, to be held Thursday, September 9th from 7-9pm.

This exhibit documents the achievements and historical importance of six key weavers whose works are part of the Museum’s permanent collection: Mary Meigs Atwater, Berta Frey, Lucille Landis, Theo Moorman, Emily Post and Mary Snyder. The exhibit will be on view in our Catherine C. Johnson Gallery from September 9th-October 31st, 2004 and will continue to be used in off-site exhibits and as a means of promoting our collection.  

The Museum would like to thank the Northern New York Community Foundation and The New York Council for the Humanities for their sponsorship of the exhibit.

Mary Snyder Day, September 25, 2004
The Mary Snyder Day Conference format this year will include your choice of 2 out of 3 possible workshops, a roundtable discussion and a gallery talk. 

Participants must indicate their workshop preference. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants, so register early to ensure your choices. The conference is limited to 36 participants. Register Today!

Workshop schedules will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so register early to ensure your choices. All are based on pieces included in our fall exhibition, A Loom of One’s Own: Tales of Women & Weaving.

-Rag Weaving Johanna Erickson A hands-on workshop featuring rag weaving techniques inspired by Mary Snyder

-Rediscovering Pattern: Berta Frey's Designs for Handweavers Sarah Saulson A presentation focusing on the use of pattern in Berta Frey's book, Designing and Drafting for Handweavers

-Theo Moorman Technique Ruth Holroyd A presentation on Theo Moorman's groundbreaking technique, including a hands-on demonstration.

"Along the River's Edge"
Along the River's Edge is a juried multi-media art exhibit featuring original work by area artists including watercolor, pen and ink, clay sculpture, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, metal, and wood. Many of the pieces on display will be for sale. The opening reception will be held on July 15th from 5-7 pm. The exhibit is sponsored by Davidson Auto Group, AT Matthews & Dier Insurance and Christensen Realty.  

The jurors for this year’s exhibit are Tom Folino of Alexandria Bay, NY and Richard Zakin of Oswego, NY. Richard Zakin has conducted ceramic workshops, lectures and demonstrations throughout the US and England. He is a ceramics professor at SUNY Oswego. He has had numerous one and two person shows and has participated in many invitational and group exhibitions. Professor Zakin has written articles for publications in the US, England, France and Canada. He has also written three books: Electric Kiln Ceramics (1st and 2nd editions), Mastering the Craft and Hand Formed Ceramics. Professor Zakin has a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Alfred University. 

Tom Folino is a ceramic artist originally from Alexandria Bay who now shares his time between Alexandria Bay and New York City. Tom has participated in a number of juried shows across the US, including the “Orton Cone Box International Traveling Show,” and the “Watershed Center for the Ceramics Arts 10th Anniversary Show”. Tom was featured in the PBS series, “The World of Art, The Digging & Refining of Native Clays,” segment, where he demonstrated ceramic techniques utilizing native clays in the 1000 Islands. Tom has contributed to Ceramics Monthly Magazine’s “Up Front” column. Tom has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Buffalo and has studied ceramic art extensively in both the US and Italy. 

This year’s featured artist is Barbara Hazard. Barbara is a painter and needlepoint artist. Most of her needlepoint work is based on original designs taken from her paintings. Barbara grew up on Long Island, and has lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Illinois and Connecticut. For the last twenty-five years her home has been in the San Francisco area of California. She is the mother of three children, grandmother of nine. Barbara spends her summers in Chippewa Bay.

In the winter, Barbara travels to Russia for an average of two months a year. She came to know the Leningrad independent artists’ community in the mid-80’s when, together with Sergei Kovalskii, she curated an exchange of exhibitions between the Leningrad TEII (Fellowship for Experimental Fine Arts) and Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, California. 

The Award for “Best in Show” will be presented to Frances Taitt at the July 15th opening reception for her flameworked glass reposse work entitled “Promise of Spring”. (See photo.)

The “People’s Choice” Award, chosen by popular vote at the opening, will also be presented.

HMAC would like to thank Barbara Vars and Pat Brown for co-chairing the show for the second year!

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