WESTERLY — The work of artisans from the Westerly Weavers will be featured at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly during the month of February.
The Westerly Weavers — Christine Bailey, Maureen Connaughton, Sherry Crum, Marilyn Donovan, Carol Jeffery, Judith Larzelere, Janis Mink, Elaine Reichard, Liz Sanda, Luis Alonso and Sandra Fromson — are known for creating “a variety of colorful, detailed woven materials using silk, velour, bamboo, linen, cotton, and tencel fibers accented with any material that can be woven into the piece,” according to Helen Roy, a Westerly-based artist who often serves as publicist for the gallery.
“The fiber artists featured in the February show create texture, pattern and color in their woven works of art that need to be both seen and touched to be fully appreciated,” said Roy in a release. The Westerly Weavers are a group of local weavers who originally met at the former FiberArts Studio in Stonington and “continue to connect at the Brown Building in Westerly as they collaborate and share ideas while they learn from and support one another.”
“Their woven items range from wearables to items for the home that are made with creative color, skill and composition,” Roy said. “The artists’ creations include luxurious scarves made of finer threads, complicated double-weave shawls, versatile bags, jackets and soft capes. Items for the home include intricate woven blankets and throws with bright interacting colors. Additional items created by the weavers are beautifully blended cotton tea towels, colorful pillows, creative wall hangings, stunning table runners, boldly colored rugs with complex structure and woven rugs that tell a story.”
February’s show also displays the art of the 40-plus juried artists of the gallery as they showcase their favorite pieces. Included are oils, watercolors, acrylics, multimedia, photographs, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, woodwork and fiber arts.