Celebrating Fiber Art! – Fall 2012

This Fall in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the fiber arts and national and local fiber artists will be on display in a city-wide event.   We are  in the process of collecting information about this exciting fiber arts upcoming event.  So please check back as we update this page as more information is available.

The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center will open two new exhibitions dealing with fiber arts.  The first show, Community Artist Series:  Fiber Art, which opened in the Mansard Gallery on September 14, and exhibits work of local fiber artists.  The Museum’s intent in curating this exhibition is to highlight the diversity of work within fiber art and the promote the art form in the Fredericksburg region.  The Museum specifically selected local fiber artists that exhibit a wide variation of styles and techniques.  The exhibit will be on display through December 2012.

Continuing with the Museum’s textile-driven exhibitions, for fall the Quilt National, a traveling textile-driven fiber arts exhibition on loan from The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.  The Dairy Barn describes Quilt National as a “biennial juried competition dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art quilt”.  It is a showcase for new work produced in the two year span prior to the exhibition.  Quilt National will open on October 5 in the Museum’s historic Council Chamber.

Up the road, LibertyTown Arts Workshop will be displaying Common Threads  a 30 year celebration of the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild from October 5 through 28.

Further up the road and up the hill at the University of Mary Washington Galleries in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery  from October 26 through December 7 presents Contemporary Work in Fiber, which draws from a national pool of fiber artists.  The eight artists in this exhibition demonstrate the dramatic range in approach that characterizes contemporary work in fiber

All three groups will be hosting simultaneous receptions on October 25 from 5 until 8 pm.  The Fredericksburg Trolly will circle all three locations making it easy for visitors to see what each has to offer.

In addition to the exhibits, the Museum is holding several events promoting local fiber arts, including demonstrations on tapesty and basket weaving, silk scarf painting and needle felting.  For the Second Saturday at the Museum event, it invites children and parents of all ages to explore the art of quilts by drawing inspiration from the beautiful quilts in the gallery and creating your own quilt squares masterpiece.

The Museum are also holding a YARN BOMBING where local knitters and crocheters will be working away to piece together strips of knitted or crocheted swatches around the light poles in front of the museum on both sides of William St., as well as cover the entire bench sitting near the museum’s rose garden.  For more information see the event listed below or the Facebook Icon event page.  For more fun knitting and crocheting, the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild holding their second annual LET’S STITCH event at LibertyTown.  They will be knitting and crocheting to benefit many local groups including: MICAH, Rappahannock Council for Domestic Violence, Mary Washington Health Care, Fredericksburg Police, RCASA and the Fredericksburg SPCA.

There are also two lectures planned in conjunction with the event.  On October 23, National fiber artist Dominie Nash will present a lecture on art quilts in conjunction with the Quilt National ’11 exhibit and on November 18, Bruce Hoffman, an expert in contemporary fiber and textile art who was instrumental in the founding of FiberPhiladelphia, an international biennial of innovative fiber and textile art. will be lecturing at Mary Washington University.

Meanwhile along the Potomac River, JarrettThor Fine Arts is also hosting a Fiber Arts exhibit from October 12 through November 4 entitled “Bountiful” exhibiting works from Virginia and West Virginia artists.

For more information on all these events, see the complete listing below.

Complete list of events.


For more information, email us at info@arts-along-the-river.org