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Fiber artists displaying work in Sautee
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"Ephemeral Flowers" by Beverly Names will be on display as part of "Fiber is Good for You," an exhibit at the Sautee Nacoochee Center Friday-May 22.

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"Fiber is Good for You" Fiber art exhibit
Friday-May 22; reception, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Center Gallery and Gallery Too, Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee
How much: Free
More info: 706-878-3300

Get your dose of fiber — fiber art, that is, at "Fiber is Good for You," the latest exhibit at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.

Traditional quilts, art quilts and clothing are just a few of the pieces that will decorate The Center Gallery and Gallery Too for the show, which will open Friday and be on display through May 22.

"Denise Hopkins is our featured fiber artist, and she has many, many wall hangings and fiber flowers, fiber jewelry," said gallery director Jim Thomas.

Hopkins said she recently took a blacksmithing class that resulted in many of the metal hangers that will hold her work, making each piece entirely handmade.

She said there are many ways to create fiber art.

"It has a lot to do with altering the fabric and embellishing it, and stitching on it, and there’s just so many ways to do it," she said.

Hopkins even created some jewelry pieces, including necklaces with felted beads and metal bracelets that she embellished by adding crochet work and beading.

She said she created both "art quilts" and traditional lap quilts for the show, explaining that art quilts veer from traditional methods used to create a quilt you would use on your bed.

"A traditional quilt is ... a sandwich," she said. "It’s three layers. Your top, your batting and your back."

But an art quilt, according to Hopkins, can contain other materials, and doesn’t necessarily follow the rule of three.

"They’re not going on your bed. They hang on the wall, and they have a lot of embellishing. A lot of color," she said.

Traditional quilts can have plenty of color, too, as Janice Chesnik, who is one of three invitational artists for the show, will demonstrate with her "kaleidoscope quilts."

"She and her husband have perfected contemporary kaleidoscopes, and she will be bringing quilts that have patterns from the kaleidoscopes," Thomas said.

Whimsical acrylic paintings by Bobby Jones and fiber boxes by Martine House will also be featured as part of the invitational artist exhibit.

A reception for "Fiber is Good for You" will be Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.