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Alice Austin
Andrea Peterson
Beata Wehr
Candace Hicks
Ellen Singer-Vine
Erin Sweeney
Gail Smuda
Heather Doyle-Maier
Heidi Zednik
Leah Virsik
Macy Chadwick/Lisa Hasegawa
Rhiannon Alpers
Sandra C. Fernandez
Sara Press
Sharon McCartney
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord


Narrative Threads 2013 is an exhibit curated by Abecedarian Gallery director Alicia Bailey. The exhibit was on display June 21 - August 13, 2013.

Included are works created by sixteen artists living and working throughout the continental United States.

Curator's Statement:

"As I considered exhibition possibilities for the Reading Room during Susan King’s solo exhibition in the main gallery, not surprisingly the concept of narrative surfaced quickly and stayed at the top of the possibility list.

I also wished to introduce the work of artists not previously shown at Abecedarian (Ellen Singer-Vine, Leah Virsik, Rhiannon Alpers, Sandra C. Fernandez, Sara Press) alongside artists I’ve worked with for many years (Alice Austin, Andrea Peterson, Beata Wehr, Heather Doyle-Maier, Heidi Zednik). This exhibit also includes work by artists whose work I’ve shown a time or two but am pleased to show again (Candace Hicks, Erin Sweeney, Gail Smuda, Macy Chadwick/Lisa Hasegawa, Sharon McCartney,Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord).

The works in Narrative Threads utilize visible threads (as opposed to the structural/functional use of thread for binding) to tell their tales. Of intimate scale, the narrative each presents take a back seat to the tactile invitations extended by color, texture and sheer loveliness.

These works are appealing in their hand-mindedness, even the wall works not designed for handling tempt the viewer to touch their surfaces, enlivened as they are by the sewn line. All in all, a very satisfying endeavor and I look forward to continuing to work with several of the artists included in the exhibition."