Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
The upcoming exhibit in the Wyche Gallery at Southeastern Community College is “A Spiritual Current” featuring papermaker Fritzi Huber and painter Alyson Bahr. The show runs through February 12 and the artist reception is Tuesday, January 19 from 5-7.
Fritzi Huber has been a hand paper maker for more than 30 years. Her work has exhibited nationally as well as internationally. Switzerland’s Musee du Pays et Val de Charney, Brazil’s Bienale International de Artes and the Ray Johnson Space at Artpool in Budapest, Hungary are just a few of the locations. In 2011 The Cameron Art Museum (CAM) organized the show “Fritzi Huber: A Circus Life” which focused on the influences of Ms. Huber’s past circus experiences, and the resultant work relating to that background. Ms. Huber’s work is in numerous collections. Among them, to name a few, are Duke Medical Center, SAS Industries, AOL Corporation, Lord Corporation, IBM, Volvo, as well as many private collections. The CAM is pleased to have her work in their permanent collection.
She has also taught hand paper making workshops across the United States. Some of the workshop locations are Pyramid Atlantic in Maryland, Southwest School of Art in Texas, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Mingei Museum in California, San Diego State University, and Tennessee Tech. in Tennessee. In addition she has received a number of grants including an NEA and California Arts Council Grant for Artist in Residence. Recently she was a recipient of a 2014 Regional Artist Project Grant in North Carolina.
For Alyson Bahr of Lake Waccamaw, NC, the new art exhibit represents a new chapter in her life that was opened up by a two-week, solo trip to New Mexico. The exploring started in Santa Fe and continued through the neighboring landscape up to Taos, an artist’s paradise, where she took an abstract painting course that ignited a dormant interest in painting. Alyson’s move to North Carolina, after running her real estate business for 12 years in Connecticut, has allowed her to expand into local arts such as pine needle basket weaving and, with renewed interest, quilting and other fiber arts. Earlier experiences also helped to shape Alyson, including costume design and construction for The Producing Guild in Hartford, CT, a season with the Connecticut Ballet that took her to New York, and photography work for the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History. She finds inspiration in many places – the peeling paint on a door in Venice, Italy, an aged water meter cover in a sidewalk of N w Orleans, and a chicken named Simone.