Beyond Traditions

January 9 – March 20, 2023

Beyond Traditions brings together seven multi-cultural women artists, curated by Felisa Federman. Participating artists bring their diverse backgrounds and cultural histories that have led them to the art world. They each create textiles that reflect their individual connections to countries of origin, various educational paths, or other forms of expression.

Fiber art is a branch of the fine arts that utilizes textiles as media. The word textile comes from the Latin textere, which means, “to weave, to braid or to construct.” There are many methods of textile production including, but not limited to, sewing, weaving, and embroidery.

Contemporary fiber art goes beyond craft. Fiber artists today pursue the unknown, creating new forms and expressions using old and new techniques and materials but emphasizing significance over utility. Artists explored the qualities of fibers to develop works that could be hung or freestanding, two or three dimensional, flat or volumetric, many stories high or miniature, nonobjective or figurative, and representational or fantastical and abstract.

Jan 29: Beyond Traditions Exhibit Reception

Feb 26: Beyond Traditions Artist Talk & Tour

March 5: Beyond Traditions Artist Demonstration

Participating Artists: Maria Barbosa, Alla and Milana Borovskaia, María Teresa Camacho-Hull, Felisa Federman, Cristina Montero, and Alison Lee Schroeder 

Left: Felisa Federman, Embodiment

Sharp Street United Methodist Church

Opened February 28, 2022

First formed in 1822 as Sharp Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharp Street United Methodist Church is the oldest Black church in Montgomery County. This exhibit honors this social and spiritual anchor of the Sandy Spring Community with a display of related artifacts and photos, many of which are on loan from church members.