TBAC Artist-in Residence for August announced

Thunder Bay Arts Council and the TBAC Gallery present Diane English, a fiber and metal artist, as the Artist in-Residence for the month of August.

After retiring from teaching kindergarten in Roseville for 24 years, English started working with driftwood and found objects. She had found a new outlet for her creativity and discovered the rule for art there is no rule.

“It is truly enjoyable to be lost in a project where time just flies,” English said. “It’s also a great pleasure to find objects and see what they will morph into.”

Last summer, two of her works were accepted in the Northeast Michigan Artists Juried Exhibition at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.

When the Gee’s Bend Quilters came to Orlando, Fla., in January, 2007, English was able meet them and worked on a design with three others. This was a turning point for her in her fiber art. She now creates her own designs in the “Gee’s Bend” style in wool and cotton. She started doing small landscapes. Choosing the colors is just important to her as the designs.

“I don’t think I could go back to traditional work, but that’s just me,” English said.

A collection of her work will be on display at the TBAC Gallery throughout the month of August. An open house in her honor will be held Aug. 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the TBAC Gallery, 127 W. Chisholm. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event or the artist, contact the TBAC office at 356-6678.