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Published: Thursday, 6/16/2011

Angelwood Gallery to open show of 'Fabulous Fibers'

Photographs by Christina Dare go on exhibit Thursday in the Library Gallery at Owens Community College Findlay-area campus on Bright Road. Photographs by Christina Dare go on exhibit Thursday in the Library Gallery at Owens Community College Findlay-area campus on Bright Road.

Opening with a dessert reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today is Fabulous Fibers: A Fiber Art Celebration, at Angelwood Gallery, 24195 Front St. in Grand Rapids.

Displayed through July 24, the goods are made by quilting, felting, dyeing, and sewing, and include scarves, bags, earrings, wall hangings, and sculptures.

Creators include Kathleen Shanteau, Pamela MacGregor, Deb Yeagle, Anne French, Jennifer Solon, Ann Beck, Donna Lark-Weiner, Deborah Bewley, Adrian Blackstock, Susan Cayton, Amy Fell, Vicki Kessler and Donna Kjona, Ellen Leonard, Linda Walburn, and Marty Mennel. Information: 419-832-0625 and angelwoodartgallery.com.

A free workshop on creating with silk flowers will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Silver Lining Gallery, 122 Mechanic St., Waterville. Nancy Sass-George will demonstrate how to make wreaths and swags. Preregistration is required. Information: 419-441-0025 and silverlining@bex.net.

Library House Gallery will open its doors with a 7:30 p.m. reception June 25 on the second floor of Library House Books and Art, 24164 Front St. in Grand Rapids. The renovated century-old building will feature eight young artisans from Washington, showcasing their oil paintings, collages, prints, sculpture, drawings, and clothing: Kurtis Ceppetelli, Matt Malone, Carlie Leagjeld, Sara Koss, Antoinette Stone, Jonathan Smith, Joseph Shetler, and Erin Quigley,

Information: 419-376-8982 and art@libraryhousegallery.com.

The Toledo Museum of Art will acknowledge Juneteenth with music and gallery tours Friday night and a children's activity Saturday. CJ & Co. will play jazz and R&B at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed at 8 by DFR playing R&B and funk. Free tours of the Art of Africa will start at 6:30 and at 7 p.m. in Libbey Court. Saturday, mask and paper-hat making will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. in Libbey Court.

The museum has decided to discontinue the Juneteenth festival it has staged for six years. A daylong festival was initiated in 2005 by the museum's committee for cultural diversity. Over its six years, it was scaled back because of museum budget cuts. Museum staff says they will aim to offer programs and exhibits highlighting a variety of cultures throughout the year.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger informed slaves in Galveston, Texas, that they had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln'sEmancipation Proclamation 2 1/2 years earlier. It's a state holiday in Texas and is increasingly celebrated throughout the country to recognize the cultural contributions of African-Americans.

Also at the museum, the position of Sandra Knudsen, long-time associate curator of ancient art, will be eliminated. The museum's new strategic plan calls for an increasing emphasis on underrepresented art from cultures around the world as well as digital art, noted Kelly Garrow, spokesman.

Women & Philanthropy at the University of Toledo has been awarded a $7,097 grant to create a permanent Honors College art gallery in the main reception area of Sullivan Hall where works by art majors have been selected by Diana Attie, art professor emeritus, and hung. The grant will bring the space up to professional gallery standards with track lighting and upgraded walls. It will also establish a fund to help defray student expenses for mounting and framing their work.

Nature Turned Inside Out, photographs by Christina Dare, opens Thursday in the Library Gallery at Owens Community College Findlay-area campus on Bright Road, and continues through Aug. 12. Dare combines photography with technology to create images that are far different from their original source, such as hosta leaves, columbine blossoms, and automobile headlights to form a kaleidoscopic result. Information: 567-429-3088.

Items for News of Art should be sent two weeks ahead of the event to tlane@theblade.com.

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