January 23-February 13
Public Reception: Saturday, January 23, 1pm-4pm

The ancient art of weaving and spinning is thriving in Muskoka. For more than thirty years, the Pinecone Treadlers as well as the Trillium Weaving & Spinning Guilds of Muskoka have kept this traditional craft relevant in a world dominated by technology and an ever increasingly fast-paced life-style.  

The traditions of spinning, weaving, dyeing and felting have been in use, out of necessity, for thousands of years. The products of this craft have clothed, housed, help to feed and transport civilizations. Although spinning and weaving have been mechanized for efficiently and mass production, using our hands to create is still an important means of livelihood in many cultures.

Good Fibrations showcases the high level of creativity, rich tradition, quality, diversity and contemporary exploration of handwork in spinning, weaving, felting and dyeing done by the members of the Pinecone Treadlers and the Trillium Weaving & Spinning Guilds of Muskoka. Included in the exhibition are practical and functional items to those that are decorative and artistic. Loom and off loom weaving, felting, dyeing, spinning, knitting and crocheting have been used to create the jackets, shawls, afghans, table runners and wall hangings.  

At various times throughout the show, members of these groups will demonstrate their craft. Check Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Facebook page or watch your inbox for details.

It is the hope of these groups that visitors to this exhibition will gain an appreciation about the versatility and creativity of working with fibres. “The act of creating by hand what the mind envisions is so challenging yet so rewarding,” says Karen Boyer, a long-standing member of the group. “We hope that the viewer will have stopped to think about the process an artist has gone through to come up with the finished product and the time it has taken to get there – from the seed of an idea, choosing colours and fibre content, calculations needing to be made, perhaps dressing a loom and finishing techniques to give the item a professional look. Perhaps they will express a desire to become a spinner, weaver, felt maker or dyer and create a personal new aspect to these arts.”

Good Fibrations opens with a public reception on Saturday, January 23 from 1pm until 4pm.

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Located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge, the gallery is open year-round, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. It is closed during the last week of September and the second week of October as well as between Christmas and New Year’s Days. Please check the Calendar of Events for the actual dates. For a map, please follow this link.

Exhibitions are booked one year in advance.  To learn how to apply for a show, please follow this link: Exhibition Application.

The Chapel Gallery was opened in September, 1989. Housed in a reconstruction of the first Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge, the Chapel Gallery hosts exhibitions of art and craft by our members and other local and provincial artists. Exhibitions are selected by the Gallery Committee and change every three to four weeks.

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