Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)


January 5 - February 24, 2012


Susan Feller

Susan Feller is a mixed media artist whose art experiences have increased exponentially since her retirement three years ago, allowing her the time to explore and develop her art. A former fiber artist with a new love of mixed media and encaustic (wax), she especially enjoys the serendipitous nature of the wax and how it relates to and complements other mediums. The work in this show contains Ms. Feller’s new explorations using diptychs and triptychs, some of which are focused on “portals” or “openings” into which the viewer must bring his or her own experiences. Smaller pieces are assembled as groupings with either common themes or moods. Ms. Feller has a BA in studio art and has taken numerous classes both locally and nationally in a variety of techniques.

Ellen Hill

In this exhibit, Ellen Hill presents art made of multiple bits of painted, inked, and carved wood. She works with birch plywood, building layers of mark making, painting and carving patterns, using different media for their combined expressive power. Many of her works are responses to everyday experiences—quiet times spent in her natural environment and more frenetic moments influenced by the speed of digital media in our lives. Her artwork has been shown throughout the United States and abroad and she is the recipient of two Individual Artist Awards, one from the Maryland State Arts Council and a 2011 Grant to Individual Artists from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She received her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Dominie Nash

Dominie Nash is a full-time fiber artist who has been creating fabric collages that incorporate her hand-printed and dyed fabrics for many years. She became interested in learning to print on a press and using traditional printmaking techniques on fabric. In 2010, she was awarded a Creative Project Grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County to pursue this idea. The resulting “collagraphs” on display in this show were created by combining hand-stitching and overlays and are mounted on stretched canvas or made into fabric scrolls. Ms. Nash is primarily self-taught, developing her skills through workshops, books, and trial-and-error. Her work is included in the collection of the Renwick Gallery, International Monetary Fund, Braintree District Museum (England), Kaiser Permanente and DC Art Bank. 

Carien Quiroga

The work created by Carien Quiroga for this show reflects her ongoing interest in the female voice both personally and universally. Reference to the female is achieved through feminine symbolism and the allusion to the female body. Everyday objects and mundane materials are juxtaposed and integrated with crochet and woven wire creating visual intrigue and rich narrative. Her award winning work has been widely exhibited in her native South Africa and in the USA. She also creates mixed-media mosaic public art and, as artist-in-residence, she works with community groups, schools and nonprofit organizations to create public art in their communities. Ms. Quiroga was born in Pretoria, South Africa and in December 2002 relocated to the USA. She holds a BA in Criminology and Psychology as well as a BA in Fine Arts.

Hillary Steel

Hillary Steel is an artist whose medium is thread. The slow and labored process of resist-dyeing and hand weaving affords her the time to physically transform and infuse her textiles with content. Her work addresses the events of human life, the repetitiveness of life and nature, the overlapping experiences of generations, and the struggles that are individually and collectively ours. Ms. Steel studied traditional textile processes in Cote d’Ivoire, Peru, Chile and Mexico. She earned a Masters in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been an art educator for more than twenty years. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including The Renwick Gallery and Smithsonian Institution. Her new work will be included in the upcoming 2012 International Fiber Biennal at Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia.

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