‘Raw Materials’ show features variety of works

Raw Materials

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 5.16.08 PMLA GRANDE — Art Center East will hold a show called “Raw Materials: Textile, Metal and Stone” in its main gallery, opening with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 7.

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 5.16.03 PM“Every year, we do a show that is a little bit different from what people are used to seeing,” Arts Director Darcy Dolge said.

The show, which will be on display through April 28, features textile and jewelry artists from La Grande and Pendleton​. ​

Textile art is broadly defined as “arts and crafts that use plant, animal or synthetic fibers to construct practical or decorative objects,” according to an Art Center East press release.

Within that broad category of textile art, “Raw Materials: Textile, Metal and Stone” includes blind-contour portraits, rainwater-dyed sculptures and applique pieces.

“When people think of fiber artists, traditional quilt-makers may come to mind,” Dolge said. “But contemporary fiber artists work with a variety of textiles and methods when creating work. The end result is quite remarkable and unique.”

Throughout history, jewelry has been made from a variety of materials like precious stones and metals, shells, bones and beads. Jewelry has served many purposes over time.

Jewelry artists are inspired by the colors in their environment, the texture of the natural stones, and by the innate need to create something beautiful. Handcrafted with sterling silver, copper and brass with crystals and gemstone beads, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces will be on display during April at Art Center East.

ACE programs are supported by its members and are funded with donations and grants from local businesses and organizations. Regional and statewide foundations also provide support, including the Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowments for the Arts, Soroptimists International of La Grande and US Bank Foundation.

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