Liz Alpert Fay, Marilyn Bottjer, Tracy Jamar: Out of the Loop

Category: Art & Music
Location: Curtis Gallery

Out of the Loop: Innovations in Hooking from Three Artists: Liz Alpert Fay, Marilyn Bottjer, Tracy Jamar

A trio of talented local artists who take the traditional craft of rug hooking in a fresh, contemporary direction present Out of the Loop, at New Canaan Library.  Held in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, the show will feature the art of Liz Alpert Fay, Marilyn Bottjer and Tracy Jamar. Out of the Loop runs from November 27 – December 31, 2011, with an opening reception on Sunday, December 4th from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Gallery. All are invited to attend.

Far from the aesthetic associated with traditional rug hooking, these works of art exude an innovative, contemporary feel. The medium and technique remains the same, but the designs are purely modern in perspective. Vibrant colors, abstract patterns that blend geometric and swirling lines and a three dimensional facet make these works both inspirational and inviting.

Fay, Bottjer and Jamar are members of Newtown Hooked Rugs Shows, an association that offers dedicated fiber artists a professional, juried venue for exhibition as well as the opportunity to stretch the boundaries of rug hooking and try new methods of expression.

Liz Alpert Fay holds a BAA in Textile Design from The Program in Artisanry at Boston University. For seventeen years she created art quilts, exhibiting nationally and in Japan and at the American Craft Museum in New York. In 1998 Liz became intrigued with traditional
rug hooking and since then has been successfully creating colorful hand hooked rugs of her own design, all of which have been purchased for private collections.

Along with invitational art exhibitions her rugs have been featured in Country Living magazine and in numerous books. In 2001 Liz became a Master Teaching Artist through the State of Connecticut. She is Co-chair and Artistic Director of the Newtown Hooked Art Show; in that role she actively promotes innovation in the hooked art of contemporary artists and produces annual juried shows.

Marilyn Bottjer began rug hooking in 1966 and has a long career in teaching and promoting the art. She has taught at the American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY as well as community organizations such as the United Federation of Teachers Retirement Center, Bronx, NY and Hudson River Rug Hookers, Croton, NY. Marilyn has been featured in countless exhibitions, including the US-Japan Hooked Rug Exhibition II, Tokyo; Hooked on the Sea, Juried Exhibit, Cahoon Museum of American Art. Cotuit, MA; and the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta Invitational, May 2009. She has been included in many publications; most recently Amy Oxford’s Hooked Rugs Today, and along with Hudson River Rugs, created two shows for the HGTV series Uncommon Threads.

Tracy Jamar is a former antiques dealer, fascinated with the history and craft of handmade items and what they reveal about the lives, times and creative expression of their makers. She spent more than 30 years focusing on the restoration of antique quilts and hooked rugs. While completing her undergraduate degree at Goddard College Tracy made the decision to be an active participant in the historical heritage of handmade textiles. Many of her pieces use repurposed personal items and clothing, breathing new life and intention into them. Out of the Loop is sponsored by the Art Committee of Friends of New Canaan Library. The curators for this show are Susie Salomon and Mary Moross.