Fiber Art Show This Weekend

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Joy Lawson's lively fish don't need water. Lawson's work and that of other members of The Threadplayers will be displayed in the group's exhibit Expressions on Fiber II, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 at Gila Community College.

Coloring outside the lines is part of the creative mission of The Threadplayers.

"I am fascinated with using thread as paint and the perspective achieved with the light and dark threads," Trudy Ooms stitched on the back of one of her fiber art works.

Each of the 18 women in The Threadplayers brings their own unique style to the group that has been evolving five years.

When one hits a creative dead spot, the others are there to support and celebrate when the muse begins, once again, to whisper.

"We all try all sorts of things," Alyce Leach said.

Just as an artist with a paintbrush employs a variety of techniques to achieve her goals of color and form, a fiber artist uses techniques such as stamping or resist dying using flour, raw edge appliqué, trapunto (a stuffed batting technique that is often used to accentuate vines, leaves and fruit) and thread painting.

"We've come a long way from when we started," Nancy Houghton said.

The monthly show-and-tell gets everyone's creativity juices flowing as well.

People who attended the first-ever Rim Country Quilt Roundup in 2005, may recall The Threadplayers' "Rim Country Experience" entry won the Viewer's Choice -- Best of Show award.

Love of the Rim Country is the underlying thread woven between the women so they challenged themselves to create single sections of a 14-panel quilt.

Roberta Schaeffer's panel featured elk in a meadow while Georgia Thorne's clever patchwork had children playing in a tree and Pam Trapeur's showed fish in a stream.

In April 2006, The Threadplayers held their first successful show. Now, two years later they will present all new fiber art to the public.

The Threadplayers' show, Expressions on Fiber II, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 at Gila Community College. It is free to the public. A $2 donation would be appreciated.

The artists are:

Nancy Bollard

Louise Bossert

Sandra Gill

Terry Hale

Nancy Houghton

Marcy Jardine

Joy Lawson

Alyce Leach

Arleen Logan

Janet Martin

Trudy Ooms

Sandy Phillips

Roberta Schaffer

Rose Anne Self

Dorothy Tatsch

Georgia Thorne

Pam Trapeur

"All are welcome. We hope viewers come away with new ideas to include in their own fiber art," Bollard said.

"It's not a quilt by old aunt Polly. It's not a doily by cousin Molly. It's fiber art," Dorothy Tasch wrote as a take-off on a Burma Shave sign.

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