Friday, September 25, 2020

Contemporary Fabric Art Featured at La Petite Galerie


Cheryl Costley is known as a fabric artist. Like most fabric artists, she grew up sewing. Cheryl remembered playing hide and seek in boxes of fabric at her aunt’s house. For Cheryl, fabric is in her DNA. In 2001, Cheryl left a 35-year education and business career to become an “artist.” 

According to Cheryl, she creates art using primarily fiber and fabric which she frequently dyes or alters with paint and usually stitch in some ways. She finds the medium of fiber to be versatile as well as exciting and challenging. 

Technically, Cheryl calls herself a formalist, which means as an artist she pays more attention to the elements and principles of design such as line, shape, texture, form, proportion, balance than trying to send a specific message. This is what motivates and inspires her.

She spends most of her days in her studio on Marco close to mangroves and water where she alternates between the “wet” and “dry” work of creating her favorite medium. 

Cheryl’s contemporary fabric art exhibit will be on display at the La Petite Galerie until the first week of October 2020.

March – July 2020: Artistic Reflections

According to Hyla Crane, Executive Director for Marco’s Center for the Arts, all 80 pieces in the gallery were created in this time frame. While the artists were sheltered at home, they had plenty of time to reflect and create beautiful artwork that made them feel better. Their creations reflected issues of the day—social distancing, loneliness, despair, and hope. They also used the time to experiment with new techniques and new creations.

All the 88 paintings exhibited at the Center for the Arts are for sale! The Marco Center for the Arts was founded in 1969 by a dedicated group of artists and patrons and it has developed into a place to be inspired and enjoy art. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM and is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive.

“Family Musings,” acrylic collage by Susan Gross. This painting started as an unfinished painting of Hurricane Irma and family members contributed to the finished product. Susan brought it together and also added commentaries reflecting current issues of our time.

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