Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts

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Brattleboro >> Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts introduces Elemental Vessels, an exhibition of recent mixed-media vessels by basket-weaver and fiber artist Jackie Abrams, and Hidden Agenda, new fiber wall hangings by textile artist Karen Kamenetzky, with an artist reception and opening Thursday, Aug., 18, 5 to 7 p.m. The two solo exhibits continue through Sept. 18, with an artist talk scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m.

Abrams' unique pieces showcase 40 years of basket making experience; new, non-traditional materials reflect the artist's movement toward more intuitive, abstract sculptural forms. According to the artist, "These are forms that are universal, familiar from both nature and from daily use in every culture. The bowl-shaped vessels may hold our important invisible things: dreams, thoughts, and wishes. The suspended forms are echoed by their shadows on the wall."

Kamenetzky is "...inspired by the lines and patterns of microscopic/cellular imagery ." Utilizing hand-dyed silk, wool and other fabrics, she creates a personal narrative of textured biomorphic shapes of incredible richness and hue, "...zooming in on that fundamental nature of things and bringing it into vision."

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts features innovative works by midcareer and established artists in a variety of media. MGFA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 183 Main St., Brattleboro.


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