Gallery Main Street will open its new "Exploding Boundaries" art exhibit with a public reception Saturday, March 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 110 W. Erwin St.
"Exploding Boundaries" is the second juried exhibit of 2015 for the gallery, which is managed by the City of Tyler Main Street Department in cooperation with the volunteers of the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition and Heart of Tyler, Inc.
The exhibit prospectus explains fiber art as "…all traditional fiber techniques such as spinning, weaving, embroidery, quilting, sewing, dyeing and others, as well as traditional techniques with non-traditional materials, such as weaving wire or metal, fabric collage and three-dimensional sculptures."
"Many people mistakenly assume a fiber art exhibit must be a quilt show," said Beverly Abell of the City of Tyler Main Street Department, "But it's so much more than that."
Abell noted that the exhibit will be comprised of more than 50 pieces.
"This exhibit is going to include sewn pieces, for sure, but it is also going to include woven metal and other unique materials interpreted in a non-traditional way with fabric techniques," said Abell.
The fiber arts exhibit is a collaborative project with the East Texas Fiber Artists group. In addition to the monetary award for Best in Show that is given by Gallery Main Street, the fiber artists will present merit award certificates. In addition, the public will be invited to vote for a People's Choice winner throughout the exhibit until it ends on May 4.
The opening reception is free and open to the public and will feature refreshments, music and an opportunity to meet the artists. The event is come-and-go and offers and opportunity for visitors to also enjoy downtown restaurants and other venues.
Other Saturday evening activities open to the public include a "Meet the Artist" reception at Salon Verve, 121 E. Spring St., and the grand opening reception for Callynth Photography, 117 E. Spring St.
"We invite the public to make an evening of it by attending all three events and then capping off their evening with a visit to one of our locally owned downtown restaurants," Abell said.
"Exploding Boundaries" will be on exhibit through May 4. Those who want more information on the exhibit or future Gallery Main Street exhibits should go to www.DowntownTylerArts.com or call the gallery at (903) 593-6905.