WOODSTOCK — The Reeves House Visual Arts Center’s latest exhibit, “Women’s Work: New Takes on Textile Art,” celebrates art traditionally made by women.
“The idea behind this exhibit is to recognize ‘women’s work,’ or artwork made by women,” said Nicole Lampl, visual arts director. “This phrase is traditionally used as a way to belittle the art that women were producing such as weaving, embroidery, or sewing, really anything to do with textiles.”
Lampl said that the art displayed in Reeves House is done by women throughout the U.S., as a way to reclaim the title of “women’s work” and turn the meaning into something to celebrate.
“The textile art in our exhibit is constructed in unique and unexpected ways as ways to push the expectations of what textile art can be,” Lampl said.
Among the artworks, viewers will find a sunset, illustrated through long, colorful threads across a large sheet, and a “shelter-in-place” series that layers textile pieces over portraits of women.
The eight-week exhibit opened July 8, and will be open through Sept. 5. Hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Lampl said the center will hold additional events that will tie-in the themes of the exhibit.
One of these events will host a guest speaker from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Reeves House, 734 Reeves St. The guest speaker will be KC Sullivan, a women’s personal stylist in Woodstock.
Sullivan said she plans to talk briefly about her background in fashion. But the majority of the hour, she said, will be used to talk about textiles and the idea of personal style, what it is, why it’s important, how to identify personal style, and how it affects buying choices.
“The exhibit is all about textile art, and the fashion industry is completely textiles, so it mixes well together,” Sullivan said. “The fashion industry has transformed through the work of women over the years, specifically the textile research and development, design, and marketing aspects of the industry.”
Lampl said she is planning to do more public talks related to the exhibit, as well as have family day Saturdays to highlight traditional techniques underlying these artworks in the exhibit.
She added that another event she is planning is a family quilt exhibit, where families are invited to bring in family quilts to hang on a big clothesline in the backyard of the arts center to celebrate the women who made the quilts. Lampl said this would take place Aug. 21, and that she is working on putting out an open call. In the meantime, those interested can email Lampl at firstname.lastname@example.org. She added that she is also planning to partner with a quilting group to work on a community quilt.
For more information and updates on the exhibit and related events, visit elmstreetarts.org/reeves.