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Jane Wilson

 

"Wildcrafted and Recycled"

Weavings & Fibre Art

by

Jane Wilson

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"Wildcrafted and Recycled"

Weavings & Fibre Art

by

Jane Wilson

    

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the inaugural installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2018 exhibition series with a collection of fiber art weavings entitled “Wild Crafted and Recycled” by Abingdon, Virginia artist, Jane Wilson.

            Jane is a native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, the daughter of an industrial designer and a public health nurse.  She spent a lot of time in the summers at her maternal grandparents’ farm in Meadowview, Virginia as well as her paternal grandparents home in Washington DC where her grandfather worked for the Washington Evening Star newspaper.  In her biographical sketch , Jane reveals, “My parents and I lived on eight acres in Carter County between Elizabethton and Johnson City Tennessee.  Although  both my parent worked full time jobs, we grew and made almost everything we required, so I grew up close to the land”.  Jane graduated from Elizabethton High School. She married during her first year of college at East Tennessee State University and raised two daughters.  She Resumed her education at the Art Center Association School of Art In Louisville Kentucky where she concentrated her studies in textiles, while supporting herself and her daughters by being a dressmaker.  After tow years in Louisville she returned to ETSU in Johnson City TN where she continued her matriculation in the arts.  Jane  left ETSU and  moved to Gatlinburg Tennessee, where she opened the Jane Wilson Studio.  In the early sixties she became a member of the Southern Highlands Handicraft Guild. In the mid sixties she became a project Director for the Office of Economic Development’s “War on Poverty”.  Jane further reveals in her biographical sketch, “During those years in Kentucky, I learned a lot about people and politics. At the end of my contract, I did not ask to be renewed.  She then went on to become the director of MATCH an acronym for Marketing Appalachias’s Traditional  Community Handicrafts where she Coordinated marketing for a seven state, federation of more than twenty traditional co-ops.  From there Jane spent time in Mexico as an economic development coordinator. Later back in Kentucky she operated a farming enterprise called The Chef’s Gardner.  This was an organic farm that supplied produce to fine dining establishments and filled subscription sales of organic produce to non commercial clients. In the early nineties she established The Peace Garden, an organiccafe and tea room in Berea Kentucky.  Since moving back to Abingdon, Jane has been active in the art community and operates Blue Ridge Chocolates.  She is still active in organic food production and sells her goods mainly to restaurants and participates in the local Farmer’s Markets.

            Jane reveals in her Artist’s Statement, “I grew up close to the land and have spent my entire life in the same proximity.  I love gathering native materials and creating art from them.  I hope viewers of my art gain an appreciation of the natural world and the bounty of their immediate surroundings, realizing that beautiful art can be wildcrafted and upcycled from found objects and natural materials”.

 “Wild Crafted and Recycled” will be celebrated with a reception and gallery talk by Jane Wilson, to which the public is cordially invited, on Friday, 09 February from 7 - 9:00 PM in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia.  “Wild Crafted and Recycled” will hang, and be offered for sale, through 31, May.   The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit http://barrphotographics.com for further information.

 

    

 

Artist's Statement

     “I grew up close to the land and have spent my entire life in the same proximity.  I love gathering native materials and creating art from them.  I hope viewers of my art gain an appreciation of the natural world and the bounty of their immediate surroundings, realizing that beautiful art can be wildcrafted and upcycled from found objects and natural materials”.

 

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