Wearable Books Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, Oct 19, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"Does This Make My Hips Look Big?" by Wendy Pieper

A visual component for the Saugatuck StoryFest on October 12-14, the Wearable Books exhibit showcases artist-made garments and accessories fashioned from books.

The exhibit will be open to the public for the opening reception on Friday, October 19 from 6-8 pm, as well as Friday-Sunday from 1-5 on the weekends of October 12, 19 & 26 & November 2. Location: 1 Main Street, Westport















Wearable Books Exhibit—Artist Bios

Anita Gangi Balkun (West Hartford) completed residencies at Drop Forge and Tool (Hudson, NY) and Farmington Valley Arts Center (Avon, CT), and has also been commissioned to create public installations in New Haven and Hartford. She has an MFA in painting and BAs in both Studio Art and in Economics. She teaches at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School.

Sharon Cooper (Westport). From Cooper’s lifelong passion for reading to previously working at Random House and now working at the Westport library for nearly five years, books have always played a significant role in her life. Combining her love of books with her other passion—designing jewelry—prompted her to aptly name her exhibit pieces Novel Necklaces.

Elizabeth DeVoll (Westport). With a BFA from Washington University, DeVoll became a creative director for several large Madison Avenue advertising agencies. After moving to Westport 25 years ago to raise her two children, she taught art to diverse groups, became education director at the Westport Historical Society for a decade and is now a full-time artist and antiques collector (and a member of the Westport Artists Collective).

Susan Guagliumi (Northford) has enjoyed a 35-year career in machine knitting and is the author of four major books on the subject. Visit www.guagliumi.com to learn more about her and her work.

Mari Gyorgyey (Stamford) is best known for her nonlinear narrative book arts, pen-and-ink drawings, paintings, computer imagery, and fine art etchings. With a BFA from RISD and an MFA from UPenn, she has shown her award-winning work at home and abroad, with solo shows in Hungary and also in Stamford. Integrating her fine art and textile design background, her current work investigates her parents’ history and her Hungarian upbringing in America.

Jana Ireijo (Westport) is a contemporary pop artist, who works in oil and acrylics. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, she has an MFA from Pratt Institute.

C. Delari Johnston (Stamford) is a freelance theatrical costumer, who has worked on projects for community and regional theater (including at Long Wharf Theatre, Sacred Heart University, Ivoryton Playhouse and Glimmerglass Opera), and on Broadway, where she was part of the small army of artisans working on the internationally acclaimed production of Hamilton. She now teaches sewing at the Westport Library and at Sew Create & Celebrate in Norwalk.

Mollie Keller (Trumbull) and Dayna Mankowski (Middletown). Friends for years, this is Keller’s and Mankowski’s first collaboration. Keller is a visual artist, watercolorist and member of ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, who is also infatuated with wool. Mankowski is owner of Madison Wool in Madison, CT, and also a pharmacist and fiber artist.

Cate Leach (Darien). After dancing with the New York City Ballet for 15 years, Leach studied painting and printmaking at Silvermine School of Art and with Constance Kiermaier at the Darien Arts Center. She is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists and ArtPlace Gallery in Fairfield, and she maintains a studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk.

Liz Leggett (Westport) has shown her paintings and drawings nationally and internationally, and been artist-in-residence in programs in Israel, Spain, The Pyrenees Mountains, Nova Scotia, Saratoga Springs and Weir Farm in Wilton. She has a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and MFA from the Maine College of Art. A member of the Westport Artists Collective and Silvermine Guild of Artists, she works as the Westport Arts Center’s Visual Arts Manager.

Jane R. Lubin (Norwalk) is a mixed-media artist working with acrylic painting, collage and digitally manipulated photographic collage. An eye surgeon by training, she is fascinated by anatomical shapes, creating surreal works on themes of gender fluidity and society’s norms of “beauty.” A member of Silvermine Guild of Artists; Board Member of Artspace, New Haven; and past president of Women’s Caucus for Art, Connecticut, she teaches Anatomy & Physiology.

Fruma Markowitz (Weston) was formally trained in photography and fine arts at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, graduating with a BFA in Photography in 1984. In 1988 she discovered the creative possibilities for using computers in both her commercial and creative work. She began working solely with digital equipment and processes in 2003, exhibiting her work widely in Fairfield County and in New York City.

Sooo-z Mastropietro (Westport) holds a BFA in Fashion and Textile Design from FIT. Her early experience as an art director helped cultivate “Mastropiece,” a silk-painting business for wearable designs. Her current work, under the name Knitiot Savant, is a unique fiber-art form she developed using fabric tubes, which has been shown all over the country in juried shows and has appeared in international publications.

Kate Perri (White Plains, NY) is a teacher, author and fiber artist, who has a BFA in Designer Crafts from MICA. She has taught sewing and quilting to adults and children for over 25 years; created numerous designs for quilts, accessories and special-needs sewing; and completed several hundred custom-quilt projects. She has published two books on sewing and quilting.

Wendy Pieper (Westport) is a painter with a BA in Fine Art from Connecticut College. She has a successful career in graphic design, while painting remains her passion. She also teaches painting and is a teaching artist/volunteer at Smilow Cancer Center, Yale, New Haven, and a member of New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Connecticut Watercolor Society and Rowayton Art Center. Her work has won numerous awards and is in both private and public collections.

Pascaline Richir-Gardner (West Harrison, NY) is a French-American creative director with a background in graphic design. Ever since childhood, she has loved crafting cards and objects from paper.

Katherine Ross (Westport) is a multi-media artist, who has exhibited her work in various art centers and galleries, and has several permanent pieces throughout Westport. She is also an art instructor, teaching visual media to all ages and specializing in the preparation of portfolios for college admissions.

Rebecca Ross (Westport) is a painter and designer, who works mainly in acrylics and mixed media. She received a BA in Illustration from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is currently an exhibiting artist and a freelance designer, and has worked for a variety of clients, including doing greeting cards, sales campaigns, album art, and murals.

Kathleen Scranton (Coventry) and her husband, Dennis, are beekeepers, whose company is called BeeZ. One day, while hunting for vintage books on beekeeping, Kathleen discovered that thousands of beautiful old books were being discarded. So she began scouring library sales, tag sales and book dealers to save these lovely books, repurposing them into truly one-of-a-kind functional purses.

Heli Stagg (Bridgeport) grew up on a farm in Finland and has dabbled in arts and crafts all her life. She especially enjoys working with items from nature and recycled materials, and recently added photography to her toolkit. Her graphic design studies at the School of Visual Arts proved key while working with high-end textile and wallpaper developer Motif Designs and later luxury invitation designers at Printemps Stationery in Westport. Now she manages the Library's Store and Café.

Chris Timmons (New Rochelle, NY). After getting an MA in French and teaching in Chicago for several years, she began a long editorial career in publishing, first at Encyclopedia Britannica, then as editor of FIBERARTS Magazine and finally as chief editor of THREADS Magazine. In recent years, she has been the Westport Library’s exhibits curator.

Meg Tweedy (Darien). A member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Tweedy is a conceptual artist working in encaustics and mixed media.

Cindy Zuckerbrod (Westport). Ten years ago, Zuckerbrod tapped into her inner artist after taking a jewelry-making class through the Westport Continuing Education program and has been beading and making jewelry ever since. A social worker, she brings her bag of beads with her on client visits. She works with children and has found that beading is very therapeutic not only the kids but also for her. 







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