At Maine Fiberarts Minot artist shares ‘Embroidered Stories’

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TOPSHAM — Embroideries and mixed-media creations by artist Jill Snyder Wallace of Minot will be on display through June 30 at Maine Fiberarts Center/Gallery.

Her solo exhibit, “Between Fact and Fiction: Embroidered Stories,” represents more than 20 years of creativity.

Trained in graphic design and studio arts, her artistic creations live comfortably in both the craft and art worlds.

A reception will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23; and the artist will give a gallery talk, “Embroidered Stories: Motivation Behind the Making,” from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 26.

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Wallace’s creations are influenced by her love of history and desire to experiment with new techniques and explore women’s social history through their needlework and Victorian crafts. She studies traditional needlework techniques and then alters them to address contemporary women’s issues. She combines pulled and drawn threads, satin stitching, cross-stitching, surface embroidery, beadwork and crocheting with found objects from flea markets to create mixed-media fiber art. These creations take on different forms, ranging from shadow boxes to riker mounts to free-standing sculpture.

“I find a voice through making art that is not available to me otherwise,” said Wallace. The content or language of her work is fueled by life experiences. Communicating a thought, question or emotion is her primary focus.

“This labor of love medium enables me to explore and to comment on history, as well as to digest contemporary experiences and to express personal emotion,” Wallace said.

Exhibiting throughout New England, Wallace’s “Lost Industry” is currently traveling with the Fuller Craft Museum’s “The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories” exhibit.

Exhibitions at Maine Fiberarts Center/Gallery change every two months and are open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.mainefiberarts.org or call 721-0678. The center is at 13 Main St.

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