Visitors can wrap themselves in art

January 07, 2007|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - More than 50 people, many wearing original artwork by local artists, attended Friday night's "Wild and Wonderful Fibers" art show opening and reception at the Ice House Gallery.

Fabric artist Jane Frenke, who chairs the Ice House Gallery, said 17 West Virginia artists are featured with more than 50 pieces of art on display.

"It's a traveling show, and the next stop is Parkersburg, W.Va.," Frenke said. "This is the first time a statewide show with award-winning artists is traveling in West Virginia."

Beverly Kipphan, a local stained-glass artist, wore a hand-woven jacket by weaver Kim Potter, a Berkeley Springs artist featured in the show. Potter's studio and shop, Mostly Woven, is in Berkeley Springs.


"Kim designed it for me," Kipphan said. "This show is a gorgeous display of wearable color."

"It's very flattering to me as a craftsperson to see art wearables used and worn not only on special occasions, but also casually," Potter said. "It's wonderful, and I appreciate it."

Norberta Schoene of College Park, Md., and Berkeley Springs, wore a wearable art jacket, and was eyeing one of the displayed wearable art pieces made by artist Lynn Creamer of Hillsboro, W.Va.

"I like to wear beautiful handmade clothing, and I've seen beautiful pieces at this show," Schoene said.

In addition to the wearable artwork such as jackets, vests and scarves, wall hangings, quilts and sculptures are featured in the show.

Artist Susan Feller of Augusta, W.Va., had rug-hooking pieces on display.

Feller said she learned how to knit and crochet from her mother and grandmother, and she has been creating rug-hooked artwork since 1994.

"My passion is fiber," Feller said.

Feller said she traveled to Wales, Canada and all over the United States to learn rug-hooking techniques from other women. She said West Virginia chairs the international organization for hand-hooked rug makers.

"The chairmanship was in Wales for the last three years," Feller said.

Feller will conduct a rug-hooking class on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ice House Gallery. She will teach a class on how to make "rug mug" trivets, she said.

The gallery, at the corner of Independence and Mercer streets, is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 18.

For information, call 304-258-2300.

If you go

What: "Wild and Wonderful Fibers" art show

When: Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Ice House Gallery, corner of Independence and Mercer streets, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

For information, call 304-258-2300.

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