The Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. 2021 exhibit of small works: “Small Expressions,” debuted in July at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. “Small Expressions” is an annual juried exhibition showcasing contemporary small-scale works (not to exceed 15 inches in any direction) using fiber techniques in any media. These small but visually compelling pieces speak to the intricacy of expression, intimacy of design, thoughtful communication and visual excitement. The artists create a big impact employing a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. 

The exhibit features 36 contemporary small-scale art works by artists from 21 states and two countries. It is the first HGA exhibit the Museum has presented. Washington state artists selected are Danielle Bodine, Clinton; Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Port Townsend and Dorothy M. McGuinness, Everett. 

Bodine’s piece, “Spring Flight,” is a great example of the diversity of mediums displayed. She created a whimsical sculpture using mulberry and recycled papers, waxed linen, wire and stamped tissue paper. McGuinness’ “Chocolate Mint,” is a woven sculpture made from watercolor paper and polyester thread. She uses a unique process, painting the paper with acrylic paints before cutting uniform strips she weaves into shape. 

The show’s juror is Madelyn van der Hoogt, a professional fiber artist and teacher for over 50 years. She is the founder and principal instructor at the Weavers’ School located on Whidbey Island. 

“Small Expressions” is at the Museum through Aug. 22 and then will tour galleries across the United States through June 2022. 

The Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum is open Wednesday- Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Information: www.qfamuseum.org.
Source: Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum