Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Common Thread: Texas Textile Artists Anne Eckley and Ann Matlock

Come to the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas,this summer for the exhibit A Common Thread: Texas Textile Artists Anne Eckley and Ann Matlock. The show opens on May 15 . A Gallery Talk featuring both artists is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 from 10am to 12 noon. Tickets are $15/person and seating is limited. The exhibit closes on August 5th. Works from the artists will be for sale. The artists requested that a percentage of the sales benefits the museum.

Anne Eckley is a native of Oklahoma, but came to Texas over forty years ago. She received her BA and MA from the University of Oklahoma and a MA in Education from Central State University. She has worked with jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and paintings, but found her voice when she began to paint with a sewing machine. Initially she created wearable art and then moved to thread paintings. Anne sketches the design on canvas, over paints with acrylic paint and using free motion machine stitches, covers the canvas with thousand of stitches. Her works are exhibited across the United States, France, Mexico and Switzerland.

Ann Matlock was born and raised in Texas. She received her BFA in Painting and Photography and an MFA in Art Education from the University of Texas, Austin. Ann is a Professor at Lamar University, Beaumont, where she teaches Fibers, Art Education and Design. She has been weaving since 1969 and hand spins and hand dyes most of her yarns. Her weavings combine traditional tapestry techniques with brocade stitches that she has developed. Ann also creates watercolors painted on location, which are the basis for many of her weavings. Her works are exhibited across the United States and are in corporate, public and private collections.

The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine Texas @ 400 N.Harrison Street  The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Closed on Monday. Parking and admission is free, donations are accepted.

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