A new exhibit, “Unraveled: The Threads That Connect” is on display through December 4 at Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA).

Featured artists Kristie Smith, Valery Guignon, Brenda Buck, and Phyllis Neal present visually striking original pieces emphasizing the artistic power behind fiber, a commonly overlooked art form. This exhibit presents figurative and abstract works which reflect human lived experiences through the lens of women weaving, quilting, knotting, sewing, spinning, knitting, and dyeing.

Among the pieces in the exhibit is Kristie Smith’s “Secret Garden,” a quilted cape stitched with more than 40 different threads, which won first place for Innovation and Fashion at the 2011 International Textile and Apparel Association and received Honorable Mention at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England.

Smith is the creative director of Stitchin’ Heaven, in Quitman, Texas. She displays some of her best quilts in the exhibit.

Valery Guignon is known for her mixed media collages, hand-dyed silks, and brings various fiber arts together to create fine art pieces. Her travels have influenced her work as seen in the types of fabrics and subject matter she chooses.

Brenda Buck and Phyllis Neal work together to spin their own yarn for weaving, and their skeins are included in the exhibit. Buck’s process of creating specialty garments are shown on vision boards, taking the viewer through the planning process artists make when they work with fibers. Neal shows impressive baskets, tapestries, and woven objects.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit www.winnsborocenterforthearts.com or call (903) 342-0686 for more information.

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