Questioning Limits: Explorations in Tapestry

December 16, 2016 - January 6, 2017, featuring works by:  Ann Blankenship, Elizabeth Buckley, Mary Rawcliffe Colton, Cindy Dworzak, Linda Giesen, Naomi Julian, Dan Klinglesmith, Vivian Skadron, Jaye Whorton,  and Nancy Wohlenberg.

Opening Reception:  Friday, December 16th 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Elizabeth Buckley Ocean Memory                           Ann Blankenship Petrichor

Elizabeth Buckley Ocean Memory                           Ann Blankenship Petrichor

The idea for this show began with an invitation to the Tapestry Artists of Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild from University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts' Dean, Kymberly Pinder.  Mary Rawcliffe Colton spearheaded the idea of pushing the limits of our comfort zones in tapestry, whether it be with conceptual or experimental work or with design and technical challenges.  The venue space, located at the end of a six-story parking garage, was also a challenge with its main 70 foot long rectangular room of 11 foot walls,  with a small entrance area on the north end and a small 14 foot alcove at the south end.

North end of west wall;  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Ghost Bike Memorial, Elizabeth Buckley Dialogues Through the Veil; Entry area north wall:  Cindy Dworzak Circles;  Elizabeth Buckley Ocean Memory

North end of west wall;  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Ghost Bike Memorial, Elizabeth Buckley Dialogues Through the Veil; Entry area north wall:  Cindy Dworzak Circles;  Elizabeth Buckley Ocean Memory

Juried and curated by Mary Colton and Nancy Wohlenberg, with input from gallery director,  Lara Goldmann, Questioning Limits ultimately became an opportunity for each of the ten exhibiting tapestry artists not only to create new tapestries,  but also to show multiple pieces from their body of work. 

Entry South Post: Jaye Whorton Jaguar vs. Blood Moon; West wall continued:  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Roadsides Bloom Plastic, Ann Blankenship Sundance with Alisha, Naomi Julian Myriad Pathways

Entry South Post: Jaye Whorton Jaguar vs. Blood Moon; West wall continued:  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Roadsides Bloom Plastic, Ann Blankenship Sundance with Alisha, Naomi Julian Myriad Pathways

Mary Rawcliffe Colton's Roadsides Bloom Plastic uses strips of plastic bags on ramie warp, Ghiordes knots.  Ann Blankenship's Sundance with Alisha incorporates wire, prayer ties, and wool.

Elizabeth Buckley Crane and Fossil, Feather and Light;  Ann Blankenship N-1:  Dumpster Diving and Invasive Species, Naomi Julian Creation, Ann Blankenship N-1:  Turning Sixty

Elizabeth Buckley Crane and Fossil, Feather and Light;  Ann Blankenship N-1:  Dumpster Diving and Invasive Species, Naomi Julian Creation, Ann Blankenship N-1:  Turning Sixty

Ann Blankenship found piles of slides in a dumpster, which became integral to her two pieces:  N-1:  Dumpster Diving and N-1:  Turning Sixty (the sculpture on the floor)

Elizabeth Buckley Fossil, Feather, and Light;  Ann Blankenship N-1:  Dumpster Diving, Ann Blankenship Invasive Species

Elizabeth Buckley Fossil, Feather, and Light;  Ann Blankenship N-1:  Dumpster Diving, Ann Blankenship Invasive Species

Ann Blankenship's Invasive Species incorporates wire, wood and wool. 

Middle West Wall:  Dan Klingelsmith Plieades,  Elizabeth Buckley Crane and Fossil, Feather and Light;  Ann Blankenship N-1:  Dumpster Diving and Invasive Species, Naomi Julian Creation; Ann Blankenship N-1 :Turning Sixty

Middle West Wall:  Dan Klingelsmith Plieades,  Elizabeth Buckley Crane and Fossil, Feather and Light;  Ann Blankenship N-1:  Dumpster Diving and Invasive Species, Naomi Julian Creation; Ann Blankenship N-1 :Turning Sixty

Elizabeth Buckley                   Crane                      copyright 2016

Elizabeth Buckley                   Crane                      copyright 2016

Elizabeth Buckley wove Crane off-loom, utilizing tapestry, macramé, and warp-faced finger weaving so that she could be free to manipulate, fold, knot, or weave the threads and woven areas.  "Some of the threads served as warp for awhile, then weft.  There was no tension on the warp, although I did tape it down to keep it orderly.  I improvised a lot, breaking many rules!"

Mary Rawcliffe Colton Lamplight Mosque, Cindy Dworzak Matrix, Dan Klinglesmith Constellations series:  Orion, Gemini, Winter, Summer, Plieades

Mary Rawcliffe Colton Lamplight Mosque, Cindy Dworzak Matrix, Dan Klinglesmith Constellations series:  Orion, Gemini, Winter, Summer, Plieades

South Wall:

LInda Giesen Desert Dunes and Shifting Sands; Ann Blankenship Route 66

LInda Giesen Desert Dunes and Shifting Sands; Ann Blankenship Route 66

East Wall:

Linda Giesen Wired--the Inside and Outside of Anxiety, Naomi Julian Enchanted Mesa, Vivian Skadron Sunset Over Albuquerque, Nancy Wohlenberg Rift Valley Center Place I and II; Blue Tree ;  Naomi Julian Stormy Skies Over Ranchos de Taos, Jaye Whorton A Tip of the Hat to Ms. O'Keeffe

Linda Giesen Wired--the Inside and Outside of Anxiety, Naomi Julian Enchanted Mesa, Vivian Skadron Sunset Over Albuquerque, Nancy Wohlenberg Rift Valley Center Place I and II; Blue Tree ;  Naomi Julian Stormy Skies Over Ranchos de Taos, Jaye Whorton A Tip of the Hat to Ms. O'Keeffe

Linda Giesen   Wired--The Inside and Outside of Anxiety  photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

Linda Giesen   Wired--The Inside and Outside of Anxiety  photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

Alcove north wall:

Elizabeth Buckley Portal, Jaye Whorton Wedge Weave I,  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Bumps in the Road, Jaye Whorton Kaotic Klown;  pedestal:  Ann Blankenship Four Directions Photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

Elizabeth Buckley Portal, Jaye Whorton Wedge Weave I,  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Bumps in the Road, Jaye Whorton Kaotic Klown;  pedestal:  Ann Blankenship Four Directions

Photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

Mary Rawcliffe Colton's Bumps in the Road incorporates pulled warp with use of smaller and smaller wefts to reduce the weaving width from 5 to 1.5 inches.  In Ann Blankenship's Four Directions, the metal cube is the loom.

Alcove east wall:

pedestal:  Ann Blankenship Four Directions, Nancy Wohlenberg Five Sisters Song Series: Hot Flow, New Earth, Soil;  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Primroses, Nancy Wohlenberg Substraction:  Flow and Tangledoodle , Dan Klinglesmith Pathway photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

pedestal:  Ann Blankenship Four Directions, Nancy Wohlenberg Five Sisters Song Series: Hot Flow, New Earth, Soil;  Mary Rawcliffe Colton Primroses, Nancy Wohlenberg Substraction:  Flow and Tangledoodle , Dan Klinglesmith Pathway

photo credit:  Nancy Wohlenberg

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If you cannot make it to the opening or closing receptions, the gallery is open on Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.


Special thanks to Nancy Wohlenberg for use of her photos, as well as for her photo-editing skills on my images.  Photo credits:  Elizabeth Buckley, unless otherwise noted.