Works by Red Hill artist Jean Thornburg Thobaben are on display in Bethlehem this month as part of the Fiber Art Exhibition at the City Hall Rotunda Gallery, 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA. The pubic is invited to the opening Artists Reception on Sunday, June 5th from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. The gallery is open to the public on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Fiber art refers to fine art whose material, such as paper, fabric, or yarn, is taken from plants or animals, natural resources, or synthetic materials. It focuses on materials that can be threaded, knotted, spun, interlaced, coiled, or combined by any means imagined by the artist. Work can be free standing or hung on walls displaying two or three dimensional qualities. The primary focus is more on aesthetic value over utility purposes.
Although current methods have been used for centuries, the term “fiber art” became an acceptable term in the art world to describe the work of artists/craftspersons following World War II. This type of artistic expression came to be known as “art fabric”.