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Celebrating 70 Years of Weaving!

  • Dates: July 19, 2018 - September 24, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Location: Chase Gallery
  • Spokane City Hall - Lower Level, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd
  • Spokane, WA 99201
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • overview

    August 3  5pm to 8pm - Artists' Reception

    September 7 5 pm to 8 pm - Weaving Demonstration

    The pieces on display in the Chase Gallery represent three strands of work by the Spokane Handweavers’ Guild, strands which combine craft and art, individual and group projects, past and current works.  Together this exhibit illustrates the mission of the guild: to increase the skill and awareness of the art and craft of weaving by hand. The exhibit offers the viewer and the weaver fabric that is visually interesting, useful, and unique.  

    The first strand is aesthetic; Spokane Arts organized a jury to select the works submitted by past and present guild members for the exhibit.  These works suggest not only a skillful commitment to craft but also the pleasure and the challenge of art. In addition, these pieces reveal the wealth of the local arts ecosystem, which recognizes in the fiber arts the creativity and imagination of the region.

    The second strand is historical.  In celebrating 70 years of existence, the organization recognizes its historical ties with the City of Spokane.  The city owns two large group projects woven by the guild. One is displayed here, “Spokane the Big Picture”; the other, “Barnacles and Sea Forms,” can be seen in the Convention Center.  The exhibit strives to preserve our weaving history in order to connect the weaving of the past to present weaving.

    The third strand celebrates the development of weaving knowledge.  Seventy Scarves for 70 Years is a current group project that showcases work by novice and expert weavers side by side.  The development of expertise requires interest, time, and dedication. For that reason, exhibiting a range of skills and a variety of textures, colors, styles, and weave structures offers visitors the pleasure of variation and offers weavers a challenge to further development.