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“Visions of Trees Dance in My Head,” Quilts by Charlotte Ziebarth to open at the NCMNS Nature Art Gallery, December 7
(Raleigh)—The Nature Art Gallery at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will exhibit the fiber work of Boulder, Colorado artist, Charlotte Ziebarth beginning First Friday, December 7. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, January 2, 2013. A reception to celebrate the opening will be held in the Gallery opening night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Ziebarth's works are a hybrid of photography, digital art and quilting. Her inspiration comes from forms, colors and patterns found in the natural environment and her goal is to explore the mysteries, nuance and magic of nature. Whether through the viewfinder of her camera or manipulating photographic images on her laptop she looks for strong, compelling images that will become the basis for her designs to print on fabric. "I am constantly seeking the evocative photograph which I can work on in the digital studio,” Ziebarth says. “Whether sitting with my laptop, walking, hiking or traveling, I am always looking for those strong images that will become the basis for my digital transformations."
She begins with an abstract image she captures with her camera. She then alters or combines that image with other images to create patterns. These patterns are printed on fabric, the choice of which can add texture or light reflection depending on different qualities of different fabrics. Finally, the quilting under the fabric results in a finished work that tells a multi-layered story of the artist's impressions of the real or imagined landscape.
Ziebarth's background is in teaching academic psychology, but she has worked with art and fiber all her life as a professional dyer, weaver, designer, knitter and quilter. After many years of weaving and quilting, she became interested in digital art possibilities and has since concentrated on creating digital imagery printed on cloth. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Surface Design Association, and Front Range Contemporary Quilters. She frequently exhibits her work and is the author of Artistic Photo Quilts. Her work was also included in 500 Art Quilts.
The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store, Main building. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale. For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.707.9854.
First Friday is a free, family-friendly, social event held the first Friday of each month at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, shopping, food and spirits until 9pm. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of 'B' movie caliber) begins at 7 p.m. Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives. For information, call 919.707.9856.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the web at www.naturalsciences.org . The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.