• Mary McFerran Interview with Textile Study Group

    Mary McFerran Interview with Textile Study Group

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  • Fiber Arts Now blog: Art Through the Screen

    Fiber Arts Now blog: Art Through the Screen
  • I Witness Show

    I Witness Show

    I Witness - 4 artists, what they see and how they see it

    Noho M55 Gallery
    530 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001
    Exhibit: February 19-March 7, 2020
    Opening: February 22. 4:00-6:00 pm
    Artist Talk: February 27, 6:00-8:00 pm

  • Press Release- I Witness

    January 2020
    New York, New York
    Contact: maryk.mcferran@gmail.com

    I Witness - 4 artists, what they see and how they see it

    Noho M55 Gallery
    530 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001
    Exhibit: February 19-March 7, 2020
    Opening: February 22. 4:00-6:00 pm
    Artist Talk: February 27, 6:00-8:00 pm
    “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”
    Ram Dass
    In the exhibition, I Witness, the artists Juliet Martin, Mary McFerran, Deborah L. Morris, and Mollie Thonneson explore the world through fiber. In this installation-based show, the artists comment on self-awareness, healthcare and safety, technology and social interaction, sexuality and desire.

    The show originated with Juliet Martin’s invitation to the other artists to join her and create an installation in the Noho M55 Gallery during her member exhibition slot. Although each artist approaches her work uniquely, they share a commitment to working in fiber and agreed to develop artwork in response to the theme of Witness.

    “Something Looks Wrong,” Juliet Martin weaves tapestries that combine anonymous women with communal eyes. “They share a narrative which shields their individuality,” states the artist.

    “Protect, “ by Mary McFerran pleas for safe and legal healthcare for women by building an installation around the Wolf Mother, a fierce and knowing protector.

    “City of Shadows,” by Deborah L. Morris reflects on the “life-sized shadows we walk through as we go about our daily activities, lost in our own thoughts, glued to our smartphones.”

    “Eye Candy,” by Mollie Thonneson exploits the color, texture and seduction of women’s lingerie by reworking it into a flowing display of desire.

    The public is invited to view the installation during regular gallery hours Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 to 6 PM. There will be an Opening Reception on February 22 , 4-6pm and an Artist Talk on Feb 27, 6-8pm.
    Artists Websites:
    Juliet Martin http://julietmartin.com
    Mary McFerran http://marymcferran.com
    Deborah L. Morris http://www.dlmfa.com/
    Mollie Thonneson http://www.molliethonneson.com/

  • Fiber Drawings at Croton Library

    Fiber Drawings at Croton Library

    Fiber Drawing Workshop
    Taught by exhibiting artist, Mary McFerran

    Explore a variety of drawing methods used by contemporary textile artists. After creating a simple line drawing, participants will learn how to machine stitch and hand embroidery on fiber materials. Materials provided.

    Limited to 8 participants. FREE Sign up required.

    Friday, June 14 in Makers Space
    11am- 4pm
    Ages 15 yrs-Adult

  • 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
    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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