The Depot Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters,” the fiber art of Julie Marks Blackstone and Sue Moss Sullivan, the evening of May 10, 2019 from 6 to 9 pm. The artists will give an art talk, discussing their work and techniques, on Sunday, June 2. 2019 at 2:00 pm. The exhibit continues through June 30 with a second reception on June 14.
Sue Moss Sullivan began working in the fiber medium over 45 years ago. Her work, which includes traditional weaving and mixed media, captures her passion for the history of textiles and her desire to push traditional techniques to become innovative art.
“I often weave mediums other than fiber, such as copper, wire, metal, etc. My current work includes waxed linen that is knotted, twisted and coiled, using no loom or other tools, to create 2D & 3D pieces.”
Sullivan’s work has been exhibited nationally and locally, both in juried exhibitions and invitational shows, winning many awards. It is in both private and corporate collections. She is co-owner of Studio Six in the Paseo Arts District, Ok. City.
Julie Marks Blackstone teaches a variety of mediums at OBU, but is perhaps best known for her textile/fiber art, with her "Knotty Girl" works created using a French Knot embroidery technique with embellishments, and her weavings.
After her graduation from UCO (M.Ed., Education with Art Emphasis) Blackstone worked as an artist/designer at the Glasshaus Stained Glass Studio while teaching as an adjunct at OCCC. Her first work at OBU began in 1981 in the Ceramics Lab, and in the years before she became a full-time Faculty member, she helped run the lab, sold artwork in galleries, and taught private lessons.
Blackstone claims that she experiences "more fun” at work than most professors because of the wonderful variety of mediums she gets to teach in her studio classes. She is now an assistant professor of art, teaching primarily high craft: ceramics, fibers, and stained glass, with color theory and the occasional figure drawing class thrown in for fun. “I’m quite serious about teaching art, and feel that it’s not merely a job, but a calling.” Blackstone confides.
She has had work accepted in numerous shows, winning awards on both a regional and national level, including Fiberworks (“Best of Show three times) and Handweavers Guild of America (Award for Excellence twice.)
Exhibits in The Depot Gallery are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, by The City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by generous individual donors.