Knotty Girl VIII by Julie Marks BlackstoneAn Art Chat, with Sue Moss Sullivan and Julie Marks Blackstone discussing their beautiful and unique fiber arts techniques, will be held in The Depot Gallery, 200 S. Jones, beginning at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Come discover how the Knotty Women and Twisted Sisters came to be.

A closing reception for the “Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters” exhibit will be held in conjunction with the June 14 2nd Friday Art Walk. Live Music will be provided by Miss Brown to You from 7 to 9 pm. “Knotty Women, Twisted Sisters” continues in the Depot Gallery through June 30. Admission is always free.

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 as a professor 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. 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. “Teacher burn-out isn’t a problem when one has the opportunity to switch mediums every day.” Blackstone teaches primarily high craft: ceramics, fibers, and stained glass, with color theory and the occasional figure drawing class thrown in for a change of pace. “I’m quite serious about teaching art, and feel that it’s not merely a job, but a calling.” 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.