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Wanderings at Gallery M

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Published February 23rd 2016
Fibre art from the best of the best
Wandering through Wanderings at Marion's Gallery M is akin to wandering through a Who's Who in fibre art in South Australia.

Wanderings Gallery M
Take a wander through Wanderings

The current exhibition features the work of thirty five fibre artists, all members of FAN: Fibre Artist Network.

The group came together over ten years ago and has continued to host workshops and arrange group exhibitions since its inception. It features fibre artists, friends and those interested in textiles.

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Joy Harvey's Kasbah

They're all passionate about textile arts – and there are almost as many formats, mediums and interpretations, as there are artists. They explore colour with enthusiasm and use fibre, fabric, thread and stitch in myriad ways. There's also dye, paint, printing, beads and found objects embellishing the works.

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Liz Steveson's Billabong Collection

If you're familiar with the fibre artists of Adelaide, check if your favourite is among the group. If not, there's every chance you'll enjoy the work of, if not all, at least several of the following: Ruth Galpin, Veronica Oborn, Joy Harvey, Francie Mewett, SM Whittaker, Wendy Redden, Rosi Gates, Jennifer Gunson, Liz Collinge, Kaye Oliver, Dianne Wood, Jean Haese, Suzanne Gummow, Christine Beck, Chris Bowden, Liz Steveson, Alvena Hall, Lesley Hurt, Susan Buxton, Dianna Holland, Julie Haddrick, Gem Congdon, Sue Prothero, Rebecca Edwards, Christine Linton, Karlyn Hanchard, Madeleine Hedges, Cathy Bonicelli, Margaret Knapp, Stephanie Eland, Tanya Davies, Margaret Carberry, Sandra Obst, Chris Beardsley and Francesca Portolesi

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Rosi Gates' Leaning Towards . . .?

It's worth taking a while to wander through Wanderings, just to see the many styles of textile art and how individual artists might use similar techniques to achieve widely differing results.

The fibre artists network is informally structured, but members gather at least four times a year. Members show their work, discuss challenges and concerns and review books, resources, recent exhibitions and other activities.

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Jean Haese's Wanderings

As a group, FAN works to encourage the sharing of ideas, exhibitions, information, resources, historical connections and their work.

If you're interested, anyone is welcome to attend meetings. FAN meets every three months on the second Monday of the month (February, May, August and November).

Wanderings Gallery M
Christine Beck's Winter

Convenor is Suzanne Gummow, who can be contacted via email on Meetings are usually held in the Art Room at Marden Senior College, Marden Road, Marden. The room is open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Cost is $3 per person and there is plenty of parking available.

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Dianne Wood's Wandering in the Deep

Don't waste any time in visiting Gallery M to see Wanderings. It's showing only until 6 March and the gallery is open 7 days a week.
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Why? Fibre art at its best.
When: now until 6 March 2016
Phone: 83772904
Where: Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre
Cost: free entry
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