MONTE VISTA – The San Luis Valley Folk Arts and Fiber Festival kicks off its third year on June 23, in Monte Vista, with an exhibit of fiber artists whose work spans the globe. The SLV Fest is a celebration of the handmade and traditional arts.
The SLV Fibre Festival will be hosting the International Freeform Crochet Guild Exhibit, "Four Seasons” from June 22-July 10 in Monte Vista. Over fourteen artists from Colorado to Australia and Ireland, will participate in this exhibit.
Admission to both the exhibit and festival are free. The opening reception for the exhibit is 5:30-7:30 PM, June 26th at the Monte Vista Information Center, 947 1st Avenue, in historic, downtown Monte Vista. The festival begins with a day of workshops in Marsh Park, Hwy 160, and an evening launch party at the Monte Vista Information Center from 6-8PM. Saturday and Sunday convene with two, full days of vendors, food, music, demonstrations, exhibits and contests—including the favorite wool spinning races.
From the International Freeform Guild website:
"… Freeform crochet is like painting. The hook is a brush and the yarn, a paint. The result can be abstract or realistic. Freeform is original design, not a reproduction of another person's pattern; it goes beyond the realm of patterns and restrictions that usually apply toward our art. The outcome is a piece of art like no other, not only functional, but beautiful as well. Freeform includes 2-D and 3-D art, clothing and useful items. “ Fifty-two artists contributed to the original show; At least fourteen will participate in the Monte Vista exhibit. Many of these artists exhibit locally and internationally; several have been published recurrently.
“Four Seasons” will be published in book form later this year. A calendar is also planned. All proceeds from the sales of both will benefit Woman for Woman, a non-profit organization that provides aid to women in war-torn countries.
• Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten, USa
• Orla Breslin, Ireland
• Marie Castro, Brazil
• Kathie Cureington, USA
• Margaret Hubert, USA
• Myra Wood, USA
• Kerri Lincoln, USA
• Perry Lowell, USA
• Prudence Mapstone, AUS
• Sheryl Means, USA
• Laura Murphy, USA
• Zelda Pheonix, USA
• Leslie Nelle Urinyi, USA
• Coptic Bookbinding with Recycled Materials
• Inspired Spinning and Plying Techniques
• Fusing Dichroic Glass
• Hanging By a Thread - Doll Art
• Freeform Knitting and Crochet
• Yarn & Fiber Dyeing
• Basic Knitting Classes
• Knitting Hobby Horses
• FREE Children's Knitting Classes (Saturday)
For Further Information Contact: Laura Murphy