Bits and Pieces, a new series of fiber constructions by Suffield artist and resident Lynne Centore, will be on display in the Pinney Gallery at Kent Memorial Library (50 North Main Street, Suffield), throughout the month of November.
The textiles assembled in Bits and Pieces are created of found fabric that is hand-painted, sewn together manually or machine stitched and layered with additional materials. The resulting works evoke the artist’s emotional response to landscape, memory and observations of contemporary life.
Centore received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Arts Education from Central Connecticut State University. She taught art at the high school level for 30 years and established an award-winning portfolio program at Southwick Tolland Regional High School.
“My work as an educator instilled in me a reverence for the fundamental concepts of art and design,” she writes. “These are the elements and principles upon which all visual compositions depend, and they are what I return to—and seek to reimagine—within the series presented here. I wish to imbue these principles with a sense of playfulness, to use them as tools of improvisation, to dance with them intuitively and instinctually in such a way that ‘happy accidents’ become part of the creative process.”
A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held on Saturday, November 5, from 2–4 p.m. and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibit will be on display through November 30, with special thanks to the Kent Memorial Library staff.