Creative Crossroads Presents Fiber Art by Kate McGowan Schultz

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Stanfordville, NY, April 27, 2016 – Creative Crossroads will present “Fiber Art by Kate McGowan Schultz”, a collection of fiber art pieces, at The Stanford Grange, 6043 Route 82, Stanfordville on two consecutive weekends: Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th, and Saturday May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd from 12 – 5 pm.

New Paltz-based Schultz, formerly an art educator for 30 years, painted in oils, watercolors and assemblage – similar to collage – before discovering fiber art.  Fiber art is defined as creating fine art using natural or synthetic fibers and other pieces, like fabric or yarn, using such techniques as weaving, knotting, twining, plaiting, coiling, pleating and interlacing. Schultz describes her technique as drawing and painting with fabric and threads.

Schultz works with new and vintage threads and textiles on natural linen.  Old handkerchiefs, feed bags, used clothing, handmade lace, tablecloths, trim, and other goods are all incorporated into her work, lending a rich, textured look. Raw edges are left visible. Occasionally Schultz will add embellishments, such as beads and pearl buttons.  Friends will also offer their finds and personal items, most recently a collection of doilies and a wedding dress, each thought to be around 100 years old.

Many of Schultz’s works are displayed in sets of two or three.  Partner pieces may be presented alone, in diptych, or in triptych format so that they can “converse”.

A self-described “purist”, the majority of her work is handsewn, though three works in the exhibition do incorporate machine sewing. Said Schultz, “There is something contemplative about the act of sewing, and as I work, I am aware of the threads that tie me to my strong female ancestors.”

The artist has exhibited her work in the Hamptons and Stony Brook areas on Long Island, NY.

Creative Crossroads’ mission is to give artists of all disciplines space to reach a local audience.  By offering exposure to different types of art and artists, Creative Crossroads hopes to inspire art students and art lovers, young and old.  The interaction between practitioners of art and those who admire or simply enjoy it will enrich the lives of all. All events are free and open to the public. Email creativecrossroads12581@gmail.com or call 845-868-7054 for more information.