The Oakville Beaver, May 1, 2005, By Jody Sanderson

Oakville hosts 4th Annual

Fibre Arts Festival

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The Oakville Beaver, May 1, 2005, By Jody Sanderson

Oakville hosts 4th Annual

Fibre Arts Festival

Fibre artists from across Canada and around the GTA will be "Stitching The Town Red" during the 4th Annual Fibre Arts Festival, May 12-29 in Oakville. The festival is a celebration of heritage arts as well as an exhibit of how modern fibre artists are expanding on traditional techniques to create innovative new pieces, says local artists Jane Coryell, one of the event organizers.
It is also an opportunity for the artists to share their knowledge with the public and to gain inspiration from each other, she says.The World of Threads Festival will feature exhibitions in nine locations throughout Oakville – many centred in the downtown.
There will also be workshops, lectures and demonstrations – all open to the public. Guest speakers include two well-known fibre artists: Barbara Klunder, who will speak at the Trafalgar Room at Town Hall on Saturday, May 14 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Lorraine Roy, who will also speak at the Trafalgar Room at Town Hall on Sunday, May 15 from 1;30-2;30 p.m.

A highlight of the festival is the sixth Common Thread exhibition, a national juried show of fiber arts at The Sheridan ITAL Gallery, 1430 Trafalgar Road. The show features an awards presentation on May 12 from 7-9 p.m.

Beginners workshop led by experts will be held on knitting, spinning, quilting, beading, needle tatting (a type of lace making) and thread painting.  Cost is $50 and registration should be made to the Oakville Arts Council by May 6 at 905-815-5977 or
The festival, a collaborative of the Oakville Arts Council and the Oakville Fibre Guilds, has been growing every year since its inception in 1999.  This year, there will be exhibitions at nine venues including:

·      Common Thread, a juried show- May 12 to 29 at the Sheridan ITAL Gallery, 1430 Trafalgar Road, 905-845-9430. Opening May 12 from 7-9 p.m.

·      Global Strands- Textiles From Abroad – May 12-29.  Opening reception on May 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Ten Thousand Villages, 189 Lakeshore Rd. E. 905-337-2377.

·      Stitching The Town Red – Opening Reception on May 13 from 6-10 p.m. at The Red Thread Gallery, 41 Lakeshore Rd., W.
·      Illuminated Threads, Vol. 2, hand-embroidered stories by Jane Coryell, May 12-18 at The Silver Thimble Needlepoint, 64 Rebecca St., 905-845-6461.  Opening reception: Saturday, May 14 from 3-5 p.m.

·      Guilded Thread, recent works from Oakville's five Fibre Arts Guilds featuring the unveiling of a collaborative work-May 12-19 at Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Rd., 905-845-6601.  Opening reception: May 15 from 3-5 p.m.

·      Remnants of History: Quilts from the Oakville Museum Collection – May 14-29 at the Oakville Museum, 8 Navy St., 905-338-4400.  Opening: May 14 from 11-6 p.m.

·      New Works by Lorraine Roy – May 12-26 at Ristorante Julia, 312 Lakeshore Rd., E., 905-844-7401. Opening reception on May 14 from 3-4 p.m.

·      Traveling Threads: fabric collage landscapes by Marie Kajdasz; hand-embroidered scenes by Jane Coryell and concepts in textiles by Barbara Klunder- May 12-21 at the Abbozzo Gallery, 179 Lakeshore Rd., E., 905-844-4481.  Opening reception: May 13 from 7-10 p.m.

·      Fibre Warriors: Fuzzy Painting by Wendo Van Essen; Peculiar Creatures by Magda Trzaski; Printed cityscapes by Corianna Sherwood and Atmospheric Constructions by Kristina Webb – May 12-29 at the Cicada Gallery, 344 Kerr St., 905-842-0493.  Opening reception: May 14 from 3-6 p.m.

The 4th Annual Fibre Arts Festival is organized in cooperation with Oakville's five fibre guilds including: The Oakville Stitchery Guild;  The Oakville Quilter's Guild; The Oakville Ring of Tatters; The Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild and The Marjorie Carberry Rug Hooking Guild.  Other participants in the Oakville Festival for Fibre Arts include The Oakville Museum and Sheridan ITAL.

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