Contemporary fiber artists delight our senses with lush, tactile creations in a variety of media. One of three new fiber-centric shows opening at Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC), “Illumination” includes works by members of the Art Cloth Network, a diverse group of professional artists who share a common goal—to promote the medium of cloth as an art form.

“For nearly two decades, DFAC has shown bi-annual quilt exhibits spotlighting the latest techniques and technologies in contemporary quilt-making and fiber arts,” said DFAC’s curator, Catherine Bergmann. “This summer series of fiber shows continues in that tradition with an introduction to works by the Art Cloth Network. As a center whose mission is visual arts education, we have also greatly expanded our fiber art classes and workshops in relation to the passion demonstrated for this vital, evolving media.”

As it is defined, Art Cloth is cloth transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture, value, or fiber to create a compelling surface. The beauty of this art form is that it is pure and from the heart—it’s all about experimentation and imagination.