Fiber artist extraordinaire, Leora Klaymer Stewart will present her newest work in a SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Leora’s woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature. What secrets are they holding? What do they protect? The Rickie Report urges you to attend this free reception on April 26th to meet the artist and explore her world of fabrications. Here we give you details and a sneak peak, but can only hint at what promises to be the LARGEST installation of its kind in Palm Beach County!
Please join us at the Cultural Council
Saturday, April 26, 3-5 P.M.
To celebrate the Opening Reception of
Leora Klaymer Stewart
601 Lake Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
Weaving as an metaphor is a common association and no exception with the artwork of Leora Klaymer Stewart. The public is invited to her SOLO Exhibit at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Gallery. There will be a free reception and opportunity to meet the artist on Saturday, April 26, from 3-5 pm. The exhibit continues through May 24th. There is no charge to view the gallery, located at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth,FL.
Leora’s major installation piece, “Entanglements” consists of an 8 foot high by 3 foot wide knotted construction that has been wrapped and intertwined. She used natural hemp twine and a variety of other fibers to represent the growth and intertwining of the Banyan tree. She collaborated with Fine Art Photographer and Master Printer, Steve Spring, of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. Images of the Banyan tree were printed on Habotai silk and silk organza panels 40 inches wide by 96 inches high. These panels will be installed on each side of the knotted structure to create an environment that represents nature as a metaphor for the cycle of life.
”RED MICROTUBULES” is part of the Life Cycle Series. It is a circular piece constructed with red linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrapping and glass beads. It is 16 inches in diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.
“LIFE CYCLE” is a circular piece constructed with pink and orange linen threads that have been loop-stitched with wrappings and glass beads. It is 16 inches in a diameter, mounted on linen and enclosed in a plexi-box.
Leora tells The Rickie Report, ” All of my pieces represent the idea of the cycle of life – represented as a circle or sphere and as a container form holding mysteries. I use ancient textile techniques ( knotting, loop-stitching, wrapping and inter-twining).”
“VIRGIN BRIDE” is an oval piece which is 12 inches wide by 24 inches high. It is created with a loop stitch in white nylon cord. Leora incorporates hand sewn pearls and feathers. Her woven vessels are reminiscent of forms found in nature and can be interpreted as holders of secrets, emptiness or even generative possibilities. Leora refers to her work as “transitional fabrications” which can also be interpreted as life cycles.
Leora graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants. Her architectural commissions include Beckton Dickson Pharmaceuticals, Wool Bureau of America, Contintental Wheat and Grain, Prudential,Hong Kong Shanghai Bank and Knoll Showrooms. Leora has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for 20 years and is currently teaching a fiber arts course at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. She is continually creating new pieces in her studio, Llama Studios, in Palm Beach, FL.
For more information about Leora’s art work, please visit her website: www.leorakstewart.com