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75 pieces of art, artist demonstrations highlight Fiber577 event

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    One of the fiber art pieces which will be on display.

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One of the fiber art pieces which will be on display.


Foundation 577 in Perrysburg will have over 75 art pieces on display, 16 artist demonstrations, and live music on Saturday and Sunday for its Fiber577 annual event. 

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the foundation will have art and artists all over for the sixth Fiber577 event.

Besides the art to be displayed at the 577 Foundation house, the building near the entrance of the foundation will have demonstrations and non-juried exhibits. There is also a pop-up fiber art studio going up in the cow barn, where local artist Jennifer Solon will guide visitors in learning new techniques and playing with the supplies to produce a one of a kind fiber leaf to take home or leave to be included in the community art exhibit. 

"Fiber art is a media that has unique material and fiber like paper or quilts and those type of items," said Mary Mennel, 577 Foundation director. "This will be a wonderful combination to attract people out for the art and see them wonder around the [Foundation 577] grounds because they might have never been here before."

The list of the ongoing demonstrations from artists include free motion quilting, basket weaving, decorative knotting, embroidery techniques, crocheting and embellishing with dyed ribbon, a knitting circle, spinning, fabric beads, weaving, needle felting, loom weaving, nuno using recycled silk, and free motion machine embroidery.

Ms. Mennel said there were 50 percent more entries in the juried exhibit this year than in years past. Artist Renee Harris of Cincinnati will be there to jury the first, second, and third place award which has a grand total of $700 in winnings. Ms. Mennel said the exhibits are a lot of local artists in Perrysburg, but also some from New York, Missouri, and Michigan.

Guests can vote for the People's Choice Award. Angel Wood Art Gallery of Grand Rapids donated $100 for that award. The event is free to attend.

"We have really nice exhibits that show a little bit of everything of what fiber art is, and that was our goal," said Robin Ballmer, a Fiber577 committee member. "This is the hardest working committee, everyone is very talented in their area and getting artists together."

Contact Matt Thompson at:, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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