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Fontbonne Sews Up Textile Exhibition

ST. LOUIS - The Gallery of Art at Fontbonne University will host "Sift, Measure, Cultivate," an exhibition of the work of textile artists Erin K. Cork, Courtney Henson and Gina Alvarez. The exhibition, sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission, is part of Innovations in Textiles 8, an annual St. Louis event that investigates the state of contemporary textile arts, running from Aug. 28 - Sept. 27. Fontbonne will host an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Cork, Henson and Alvarez explore various themes through their art, using diverse textiles, fibers and media. Cork's work compares the relationship between nature and domestic culture, Henson's focuses on the human body, and Alvarez's reflects relationships, conflict and emotion.

"Participation in this event allows us to showcase the work of three outstanding modern artists, and at the same time, expose Fontbonne's gallery and our students to the local St. Louis and national art communities," said Ellen Gouchnour, gallery director. Fontbonne's Gallery of Art is one of many local galleries, non-profit and private arts organizations involved in Innovations in Textiles 8.

Innovations in Textiles 8 is a biennial collaborative event in St. Louis, MO, that investigates the state of contemporary textile arts. Nineteen nonprofit and private arts organizations join forces to present exhibitions related to fiber art created by national and international artists. Activities include workshops, lectures, gallery tours and community programs. Innovations in Textiles 8 serves to enlighten the community with a unique aesthetic prospective on fiber art featuring various materials and techniques. The broad range of programming offered mirrors the symposium's dedication to the investigation of innovative ideas.

The Fontbonne Gallery of Art strives to encourage and support the artist and the education of the visual arts in the community through its exhibitions and programs. The Gallery's hours are: Mon. - Thurs., 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Tues., 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; and Sat., 12 - 4 p.m. For more information, call 314-889-1431 or e-mail

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