August 5th – September 25th

– A creative take on the traditional arts of knitting and crochet with local fiber artists:  Frances Arnold, Lori Goldman, Emily Marks, Janet McBeen, & Hella Merrill 

Many people think of stitching as a way to mend a garment, sew a dress, or embroider a pillowcase. But unlike those usual examples, five local artists will explore the boundaries of the techniques of “stitches,” creating unique works that stretch the medium in surprising ways.

The featured art in this exhibit will include unique pieces by Emily Marks who works with unusual materials such as video tape and paper from books as well as work by Frances Arnold who uses linen, burlap, dyes and stitched designs in large scale.  Telephone wire sculptures by Hella Merrill will be joined by Janet McBeen’s manipulated wire scenes whose hanging forms cast shadows on walls.  And joining them all will be Lori Goldman’s exuberant hanging works of art fashioned from new and used materials.

As individuals, these 5 artists are drawn to the artistry of embroidery, crochet, knitting, twisting and weaving, as well as repetitive patterns, and design through the application of one material on another.  Even decorative aspects from the past, and the historical associations with women’s work flavor this exhibit.

In conjunction with the “Stitches” exhibit, artists, Lori Goldman and Emily Marks will offer a one-day in-person Workshop, entitled “Using Unusual Materials in Knitting and Crochet” (Saturday, September 18th,  10:00am – 3:00pm). 

The exhibition will take place in Gallery 212 at the Sonoma Community Center.  The Gallery will be available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours Monday – Saturday.


Watch Emly Marks’ Artist Talk below…