Library gallery hosts textile exhibit

The Stillwater Public Library announces the opening of “Textiles,” an exhibit by local artist Morgan Clifford.
Among the works exhibited is “Colorways,” a series of weavings completed this spring and funded by a Minnesota State Arts Board “Artist Initiative” grant. Designed to be exhibited in high traffic areas, this work of public art is a progression of color and texture combinations that, once installed, creates a low-tech animation as viewers pass by. It is meant to be experienced “on the run.”
Clifford has been weaving since the late 1960s and her work has been exhibited in Japan, Scotland, South America and across the U.S. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including an NEA Fellowship, State Arts Board Fellowship, State Arts Board Initiative Grant, Minnesota Career Opportunity Grant and an NEA/Arts Midwest Fellowship. She was recently a finalist for the Bush Foundation Fellowship.
Clifford is head of the Fibers Program at the U of Wisconsin-River Falls and has an MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She has conducted textile research in Norway, Finland, Peru, Japan and Indonesia. She currently lives in Stillwater and is married to architect Timothy Old.
“Put me in most modern fabric stores and I’m completely unmoved, but dangle in front of me some ancient rag made of handspun, hand woven materials and I’m right there,” Clifford said. “I am endlessly fascinated by what happens when threads are crisscrossed and squares are created. I have a strong tactile and visual response to the linen, silk, hemp, paper, and handspun nettles (“aloo” from Nepal) that I work with. If I didn’t, the final piece wouldn’t fly.”
The hosts a reception for Clifford from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Textiles closes at the end of February.
The gallery is on the upper level of the library adjacent to the terrace. The Stillwater Public Library is located at 224 Third St. North, Stillwater, MN  55082. More information is available at www.stillwaterlibrary.org or at phone 651-275-4338.

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