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MA Thesis Exhibit to open at Cressman Center

by UofL Today last modified Nov 06, 2013 10:52 AM

Three students completing Master’s Degrees in fine arts will exhibit hand-painted prints, two-dimensional abstract textile pieces and unique hand-knitted works at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts Nov. 15 through Dec. 21.

MA Thesis Exhibit to open at Cressman Center

Karen Habeeb, "Ragged," wool, July 2013


The MA thesis exhibit will open with a 6 p.m. ‒ 8 p.m. reception on Friday, Nov. 15.

Featured artists are Brandon Dyer, Karen Habeeb and Deborah Levine.

Dyer’s work represents more than two years of creating original narrative prints that tell the fable of a flawed hero who must face his fear to save his love, her empire and himself.

Habeeb reclaims wool and linen clothing and other textiles and works in a rapid, improvisational style to create hand-sewn two-dimensional pieces. She likens her creative process to life.

“We all get broken down, cut up, underappreciated or thrown away in life. I believe that, like the clothes, we can all be remade into something useful and beautiful again,” she wrote in explanation of her work.

Levine is both an artist and a knitter. She looks for the best use for her materials to take advantage of their characteristics. Using simple knitting techniques, the vinyl-coated polyester yarn she selected for the pieces in the show forms a transparent fabric with wavy edges and uneven stitches. It creates undulating organic forms despite the synthetic nature of its origin, she wrote of her work.

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Wednesday ‒ Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and First Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Cressman Center is at 100 E. Main St.

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