ROCK SPRINGS — A collection of fiber arts by four Sweetwater County artists is currently on display from now through the month of October.
Deon Quitberg has been involved with the arts in Wyoming and areas of Utah with media of watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, mixed media, and sculpture. She has also served on the Sweetwater county Library Exhibits committee for about thirty years helping find artists, organize group shows as well as participating as an artist.
Fiber art is new art medium for her. Deon’s pieces are a combination of weaving and felting using the wool both in its natural state as well as spun.
Her daughter Amanda Duncombe became involved with fiber, growing sheep and alpaca on her ranch in Eden, Wyoming several years ago. She and Deon have attended the Fremont County Fiber Arts Guild Festivals for a few years and learned more about fiber arts from the demonstrations, exhibits and opportunities. Amanda has also woven and felted the materials as well as knit the spun wool.
Lynda German from Sweetwater Station has been creating these pictorial images for many years. The natural wool comes in many different hues and different shades allowing Lynda to “paint” landscapes and animals.
Needle felting uses wool and fibers, whisking the wool across the surface with a long, thin barbed needle that secures the fibers to the surface as the artist pokes into the felt background.
Robin Robinson hand dyes the wool in an array of colors then spins the wool rovings into yarn. The finished skeins can be used to knit or weave.
The Exhibits Committee of the Library System developed the guidelines for the exhibits displayed in the county libraries, which include both group shows and individual artists’ displays. The Committee meets throughout the year to review applications and schedule exhibits.
Artists interested in displaying their work are encouraged to submit an application for an individual exhibit. Application packets are available at any county library circulation desk and at the Community Fine Arts Center.
The Exhibits Committee is made up of community members Angie Bennett, Deon Quitberg and Donna Ragsdale, all from Green River, and library system members Lindsey Travis, Michelle Krmpotich, and Debora Soule.
For more information about these exhibits and other library events, visit the Library System web page at http://www.sweetwaterlibraries.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sweetlibraries. Questions may be directed to Soule at the Community Fine Arts Center in Rock Springs.