At the Torpedo Factory, we're delighted to host so many styles, techniques, and media under one roof. This summer, throughout the region, our artists are busy showing the public the full range of their talents. Whether you're intrigued by folk art, photography, painting, or wearable decor, the odds are good that an exhibition in Maryland or Virginia is bound to catch your eye.
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Fiberworks never disappoint. Through July 21, 2014, visit them here in studio 14 and be delighted by "Body Decors," a show that does what fiber artists tend to do best: blur the lines between the wearable and the ingenious.
You'll see wild felted hats and various neck pieces made of everything from vintage fabrics to knitted metal wire, with others incorporating old dominoes and repurposed jazz eight-track cartridges—as well as pins, bracelets, cuffs, and belts. With its emphasis on wearable art, "Body Decors" is a fun reminder that every day, each of us has the potential to make a statement and push the objects we wear well beyond the realm of functionality.
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|Ann Noel, "Studio View," 20" x 24"|
"I use color to create drama, tension, and a sense of space or narrative," the artist explains. "My goal is to have the viewer stop and think about the moment, the setting, the movement, the happening."
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|Jo Ann Tooley, "Two Flowers"|
"Good Morning, Yellowstone"
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|Sissy Cutchen, "Pies for Sale"|
Featuring a wonderful array of Cutchen's folk-art-inspired creations, "Everybody's Cookies" was inspired by the artist's twelve moves as the wife of a Naval aviator and the experiences she had with food in each new location. Everywhere she went, children asked Cutchen why she cooked certain kinds of food—and a story was born.
|Sissy Cutchen, "Fin Fish"|
"Kids love my artwork because it breaks the rules for art," Cutchen explains. "I paint on windows and tables and chairs. When you open a drawer on a chest, there are fried eggs in it."