Threadworks 2010: Trees

A travelling juried textile art exhibition

Discover the art of creative needlework at one of the finest juried textile exhibitions in Ontario; Threadworks 2010 showcases textile art from artists across Canada. Opening on April 24, Wellington County Museum & Archives is proud to host and support this special project of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers.

Held every three years, the 2010 theme “Trees” will showcase a range of interpretive works of the highest technical and artistic quality. Entries are as varied and spectacular as the techniques and material used to create them; ranging from dramatic wall hangings to small three dimensional sculptures. Each provokes a wide range of interpretations while exploring the theme and taking the viewer on a journey of discovery; from the subtle, to the very personal, humorous or the more serious environmental issues. Threadworks provides a wealth of opportunities for the young and old to embrace the experience of textile art at its best. With over 200 works submitted, only 65 pieces are chosen by the jurors, award-winning textile artists and academics Dianne Gibson, Judith Dingle and Susan Burke.

2010 JURY

Dianne Gibson
is a mixed media artist, currently exploring heavily textured surfaces. She teaches and exhibits regularly and her work has been featured in several publications. Currently living in Fonthill, Ontario, she is an active member of Connections Fibre Artists and the Ontario Network of Needleworkers.

Judith Dingle has exhibited throughout the world for many institutions and has won many awards for her quilts and textile constructions. She is a full time
textile artist, a respected teacher and lecturer and maintains a studio in Toronto.

Susan Burke was hired to restore the historic Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1979. She stayed on to develop the facility as a community museum and is the current Manager/Curator. With her special interest and expertise in historic textiles, she has assembled an impressive collection of Germanic woven, embroidered and quilted textiles there. Ms. Burke has been curator of the Grand National Quilt Show since its inception.

Formed in 1983, The Ontario Network of Needleworkers includes 1200 members and 23 guilds. The organization continues to share, promote and encourage the art of needlework in local communities across the Province through exhibitions, educational resources and intergenerational sharing of ideas, skills and love of the craft.

Please join them at the opening reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, May 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Wellington County Museum & Archives. All are welcome to attend. The exhibit runs until June 13, 2010.

Wellington County Museum & Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus & Elora and it is opened weekdays - 9:30am to 4:30pm and weekends & holidays - 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

For more information please visit their website at or phone 519-846-0916.