Thursday, September 01, 2011

ArtWalk Friday September 9 5 to 8 pm featuring work by Elaine ONeil

Carolina Creations Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Gallery, 317 Pollock St in Downtown New Bern features the work of Triangle North Carolina based fabric artist Elaine O'Neil. September 1 - October 18, 2011.

The official opening of the show will be during ArtWalk, September 9, 5-8 pm.

Elaine creates textile collages, each image using a myriad of fabric colors and textures, all painstakingly sewn together to create whimsical and realistic portrayals of scenes from the mountains to the coast.

The subjects of Elaine's work focuses around a sense of place, and the life that happens in that place. She tries to establish  the emotional bond we have with special places, stitching the memories together with a sense of humor and delight.

Elaine starts with a simple sketch and approaches the creation of each textile through snip and cuts, using her scissors like a painters brush, slowly revealing the image, with layer upon layer of fabric, stitched into place using a variety of colors and textures.

Her hope is to evoke the feeling of pleasure and delight, where life is simple, sweet and full of endless possibilities.

Elaine grew up in Maine and began sewing as a girl. She attended the Philadelphia college of Textiles and Science earning a BS in textile design. She is great-granddaughter to a lighthouse keeper, granddaughter to a farmer, daughter of an ardent seamstress, all of which contributes to memories she depicts in her textile collages. Her work has been used in several publications and she has illustrated 2 children's books. Her work is shown in galleries along the coast.

Carolina Creations is open 7 days a week. For more information about this show call the gallery at 252-633-4369, email

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