The free exhibit that runs through Sept. 3 is an excellent introduction to the diversity of fiber arts, says Ejenobo Oke, associate professor of art and MU director of galleries. “From free-standing sculpture to fabric collage to delicate silk Shibori scarves, the show offers a variety of works in the fiber arts.”
The artists of No Strings Attached have traveled diverse paths to art careers. Casey Drudge was an electronic technician for 40 years before discovering his passion for quilted artwork. Elua Keluar is a Cyprus-born surface designer with artwork on display across Europe. Christi Ziebarth pursued graphic design and teaching before embarking on a full-time art career.
Other featured artists are Betty Barry of Fort Wayne, entrepreneur Dianna Williams, former teacher Eunice Scully, collage artist Joel Fremion and farmstead owner Ronia Krieg. All favor fiber as their main medium.
The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 28 in the upper Union, also site of the exhibit. The artists will discuss their work and two prominent fiber artists from the region will judge the exhibit.
All Manchester University galleries and gallery events are free and public. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. For information about the MU art galleries, contact Oke at (260) 982-5334.