LeRoy Neiman Art Center


The Rhythmic Art of Thread Exhibition has been extended through February 27, 2016    
        

 

Contact:           Marline A. Martin, marline@neimancenter.org
                         Tele: 212/862-2787

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE RHYTHMIC ART OF THREAD: EXPLORING THE WORLD OF THE FIBER CONSTRUCTIONIST

Dates:  November 13, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Reception:  Friday. November 13, 6-9pm

New York, NY (November 2015)---- The LeRoy Neiman Art Center and Harlem Needle Arts are pleased to present The Rhythmic Art of Thread: Exploring the World of the Fiber Constructionist. The exhibition opens on Friday, November 13, 2015 and runs through January 15, 2016, at The LeRoy Neiman Art Center located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 148th Street in Harlem.  There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 13th, 6-9pm.

The Rhythmic Art of Thread showcases the diversity of artists and themes related to indigenous culture, spirituality, historical events, icons and inspiration. Eleven artists are featured in the exhibition:  Michael Cummings, Shimoda Emanuel, Ife Felix, Laura B. Gadson, Omi Gray, Jacqueline Johnson, Jackquelynn Jones, Dindga McCannon, Sherry Shine, Lisa Shepard Stewart and work from the Estate of Luberta Mays.

“The rhythm of creating intricate designs and use of bold colors and patterns pay homage to the influences of family traditions and customs that date back centuries,” says Michelle Bishop, guest curator and executive director of Harlem Needle Arts.  “Africans of the Diaspora construct for ceremonial and utilitarian artifacts made through the use of threads, with techniques that mirror what we know today as quilting, weaving, applique, felting and fiber fusion.”

The exhibition is dominated by the women artists, most of which are premier quilt makers including Dindga McCannon, born and raised in Harlem is a self taught artist, working intuitively, fusing my fine art training with the traditional women’s needlework taught to her by her mother and grandmother, combining sewing, beading, embroidery and quilting into what is now known as ArtQuilts; Ife Felix, a founding member of Harlem Girls Quilting Circle combines her love of textiles, fashion and teaching to tell stories in cloth;  Laura B. Gadson, a fiber and mixed media artist, blends many world in her work that is inclusive of repurposing materials and utilizing traditional and modern techniques; Omi Gray focuses her artistic interest on the process of creating jewelry and fiber arts as a tool of problem solving;  Lisa Shepard Stewart uses authentic African textiles to create her works of art and Jackqueline Jones, a mixed media enthusiastic uses quilting, dyeing, sculpture and hand stitching to inform her work.

Most noted among the group of fiber constructionists is Michael A. Cummings and the only male featured in the exhibition.  Cummings’ work as a quilter has brought him national and international attention.   “…As a male quilter, I am in a unique position.  It forces people to reassess what they think men can and cannot do,” states Michael A. Cummings.  “And if you dig a little deeper, you’ll learn that in Africa and other non-Western places, men have been the ones who created and work with fabric – for centuries.”

“The Center is delighted to have this exhibition featuring an exceptional group of fiber artists,” says Marline A. Martin, curator and executive director, LeRoy Neiman Art Center.  “Each of the artists have their unique way of creating these beautiful works of art and this exhibition represents an intimate bond between the community and cultural identity. With the cold weather approaching, what a great way to share memory and reverence by honoring our cultural heritage.”

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About The LeRoy Neiman Art Center

Established by a generous gift from renowned artists LeRoy Neiman and ongoing support from the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, The LeRoy Neiman Art Center’s mission is to strengthen the community through the arts by providing quality arts experiences that encourage lifelong learning for students of all ages, supporting the skills for life-long learning and building sustainable partnerships and collaboration.  The Center’s gallery presents curated, innovative exhibitions that engage and celebrate Harlem.

About Harlem Needle Arts

Harlem Needle Arts is a cultural arts institute designed to preserve and promote fiber and needle artisans in the African Diaspora and through said artisans introduce the crafts of quilting, knitting, crocheting, spinning, fiber fusion and construction to the Harlem community to improve the quality of life for children and adults.

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For interviews and more information, please contact Marline A. Martin 212/862-2787, Email: marline@neimancenter.org and Michelle Bishop at 212/491-8581, Email: harlemneedlearts@verizon.net

Image:  Michael Cummings, Carnival Time in New Orleans

Located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard near 148th Street, The LeRoy Neiman Art Center was launched by a generous gift from the renowned painter LeRoy Neiman, and on-going support from The LeRoy Neiman Foundation, corporations, individuals and other organizations.  The Center opened its doors  to the public in June 2008 and has grown into an integral cultural resource in the Harlem community.

The LeRoy Neiman Art Center includes a 2,000 Square foot  gallery space and rear workshop area, where quality arts experiences in daytime, after-school and Saturday programs for all ages are offered. In  addition, The Center is proud to host a 29' wall dedicated exclusively to the art of LeRoy Neiman. We  welcome schools and tour groups, and provide youth and the community with creative classes and  exposure to the arts.

Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center
2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (at 148th Street) New York, NY 10039
Telephone: 212-862-2787
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