• Highland Current article on Cloth and Memory

    Highland Current article on Cloth and Memory
  • Cloth and Memory Panel

    The Howland Cultural Center
    477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
    Contact: Florence Northcutt, Gallery Coordinator
    Tel: 845-831-4988
    information@howlandculturalcenter.org
    For information about the show and artists, contact maryk.mcferran@gmail.com


    “Cloth & Memory” Panel Discusses Common Threads

    Material evidence prevails over humanity in the assimilation of the self.
    -Hayley-Jane Dujardin-Edwards, Contributor, Worn Through


    • How does memory lend itself as a subject and tool for art?
    • How does art shape our collective memory of the past?
    • Can art ever create a fixed narrative? Or, will there always be diverse points of view?
    • Are there works of art that engage with memory by trying to erase it?


    These questions — and more — will be the “stuff” of a panel discussion, Saturday January 20th, 2:00pm, at The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY. The four mixed media artists, currently on exhibit, discuss their work — methods, materials, and meanings — investigating how each frames the past in often-surprising ways with unexpected materials.

    The discussion will be moderated by Suzy Sureck, a noted multi media artist whose sculptural installations, drawings, videos, and photographs involve the physical and metaphoric qualities of wind, water, light, and shadow. Her works have been exhibited in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Korea, Australia, and India, and have been highlighted in The New York Times, World Art. Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts, and Flash Art.

    Sureck will investigate how each artist navigates her own path, using fiber or cloth in a unique way to preserve, interpret, or question her own personal history.

    Artists’ Websites:
    Mary McFerran, www.marymcferran.com
    Harriet Cherry Cheney, www.harrietcheney.com
    Mimi Czajka Graminski, mimigraminski.blogspot.com
    Riva Weinstein, www.rivaweinstein.com
    Moderator’s website:
    Suzy Sureck, www.suzysureck.com

  • Cloth and Memory Exhibit in Beacon NY

    Cloth and Memory Exhibit in Beacon NY

    Cloth & Memory: 4 Hudson Valley Artists Weave Memories into Fiber Art

    Time is the warp and matter the weft of the woven texture of beauty in space…
    -Annie Dillard

    The Howland Cultural Center is pleased to host a reception for Cloth & Memory, a mixed media art exhibit, on January 13th, from 3:00-5:00pm, in Beacon, NY.

    Four kindred spirits investigate how cloth retains, transmits, and resonates (with) memories. These artists include: Croton artist and exhibit curator, Mary McFerran; Red Hook artist, Mimi Czajka Graminski; Stanfordville artist, Riva Weinstein, and Dobbs Ferry artist, Harriet Cherry Cheney.

    Whether devotional, emotional, or cathartic, these works intermingle sensory impressions, family lore, and historical artifacts with expression in collage, installation, assemblage, performance art, and digital media. Each work challenges our perceptions of what it means to endure.

    “Family heirlooms are a central element in my cloth assemblages,” says McFerran. She prints old photos and census reports onto fabric to create family narratives. Cheney “channels” her grandparent’s tales of their Ukrainian shtetl.

    The show runs from January 7th to January 27th. The Center’s hours are generally Friday through Monday, 1:00-5:00 pm but will be closed January 14th. The reception is planned to coincide with other arts events on Beacon’s Second Saturday.

    The artists will discuss Memory & Textiles in Art, Sunday, January 20th, 2:00 pm at the Center. This is also the snow date for the reception.

    Artist Websites: www.harrietcheney.com mimigraminski.blogspot.com www.rivaweinstein.com and www.marymcferran.com

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