The Power of Black and White
Some stories are simply told in bold lines of black and white. Shades of gray show subtle details. However, our real lives are shaped with color, such as the greens of nature and the brightness of joy all around us. We love the calm blues of sea and sky, and the deeper blues and purples of sorrow. We have huge red adventures and take daring orange chances. We live in every color from birth to old age and revel in all of our choices. The colors dance and whirl around us, providing artistic inspiration. We are constantly thinking about the next piece, and the one we never did finish that we need to re-visit, and the techniques we can use to express an idea. It is a joyful daily habit to head for the workroom.
Both artists use improvisational approaches to our fiber art. Media may include commercially printed cotton fabrics; silks, cottons or other fabrics; an even paper or nontraditional elements. Both artists also often use their own hand-dyed fabric. To achieve the details that bring in the viewer, the surface of the piece may be stitched and/or embellished with cording, hand embroidery stitches, beads, buttons, and stenciling and pigment markings. Anything goes!
In this exhibit, we chose to present fiber art works that may include primarily black and white, or where black and white play a supporting role. We hope that the viewer will be attracted to the impact of the piece… and then approach closely to see the detail and stitching. Sometimes life can feel chaotic and that’s when we need that magical bold pathway of black and white, the contrasts and controls that make colors sing. Artwork reflects all of human beauty, in one way or another. Negative and positive, bold or subtle, the images we produce are made magical by the absolute power of black and white.
~Katie McGrath and Kathryn Schmidt
August 5–September 16, 2022
The exhibits below are still available online!
If you’ve noticed artwork around downtown Highland as you drive by, you might be wondering who the artists are and why they’re being displayed.
Wonder no longer; c-ART (as in “see art”) is an innovative program that, for the third time, will bring high-quality reproductions from local artists to brighten Highland outdoor venues; the exhibit will be on display through mid-December.
The event is a partnership between Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) and the Highland Downtown Development Authority; it’s been popular with the public.
“Over the past three years, we have encouraged many residents and visitors to engage with art in the place they live, work, and play,” explained Sioux Trujillo, HVCA executive Director. “HVCA is excited to bring this curated outdoor experience to our community when going into museums and galleries is limited. Our hope is that this will allow families to see and experience artists that they may have never seen and inspire the community to find out more about them.”
Missy Dashevich, Executive Director of the Highland Downtown Development Authority (HDDA), added, “The Highland DDA is excited to be partnering with the HVCA to bring this exhibit once again to Highland. We advocate for our improvement in our area to encourage businesses, residents, and the public alike to want to be here.”
Dashevich added, ‘”We strive to create a sense of place, returning Highland Station to be the center of our community and a destination within the region. Part of our vision at the Highland DDA is to be an active place that promotes health, fitness, and an appreciation of the natural environment, as well as a center for the expression and enjoyment of the arts creating a place where people want to gather.”
Submitted by Anne Seebaldt, HVCA PR writer/editor