Past Exhibition 2012: Assembled

The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery presents Assembled, exhibiting the works of Susan Feller, Ellen Hill, Dominie Nash, Carien Quiroga, and Hillary Steel.

Susan Feller is a mixed media artist whose art experiences have increased exponentially since her retirement three years ago, allowing her the time to explore and develop her art. A former fiber artist with a new love of mixed media and encaustic (wax), she especially enjoys the serendipitous nature of the wax and how it relates to and complements other mediums. T

In this exhibit, Ellen Hill presents art made of multiple bits of painted, inked, and carved wood. She works with birch plywood, building layers of mark making, painting and carving patterns, using different media for their combined expressive power. Many of her works are responses to everyday experiences—quiet times spent in her natural environment and more frenetic moments influenced by the speed of digital media in our lives.

Dominie Nash is a full-time fiber artist who has been creating fabric collages that incorporate her hand-printed and dyed fabrics for many years. She became interested in learning to print on a press and using traditional printmaking techniques on fabric. In 2010, she was awarded a Creative Project Grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to pursue this idea. The resulting “collagraphs” on display in this show were created by combining hand-stitching and overlays and are mounted on stretched canvas or made into fabric scrolls. Ms. Nash is primarily self-taught, developing her skills through workshops, books, and trial-and-error. Her work is included in the collection of the Renwick Gallery,
International Monetary Fund, Braintree District Museum (England), Kaiser Permanente and DC Art Bank.

The work created by Carien Quiroga for this show reflects her ongoing interest in the female voice both personally and universally. Reference to the female is achieved through feminine symbolism and the allusion to the female body. Everyday objects and mundane materials are juxtaposed and integrated with crochet and woven wire creating visual intrigue and rich narrative. Her award winning work has been widely exhibited in her native South Africa and in the USA. 

Hillary Steel is an artist whose medium is thread. The slow and labored process of resist-dyeing and hand weaving affords her the time tophysically transform and infuse her textiles with content. Her work addresses the events of human life, the repetitiveness of life and nature, the overlapping experiences of generations, and the struggles that are individually and collectively ours. Ms. Steel studied traditional textile processes in Cote d’Ivoire, Peru, Chile and Mexico. She earned a Masters in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been an art educator for more than twenty years.