On View: Chill Factor Edition – Thoma Ewen
February 5 to April 18, 2016
February 5, 2016, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Thoma Ewen, local tapestry artist, will present an exhibition of large-scale tapestries. Ms. Ewen’s work represents a lifelong love of the natural environment. It is an exploration of the forces or energies that move through everything on and beyond the planet.
On View: Chill Factor Edition will allow guests to warm up as they enjoy the beauty and complexity of Ms. Ewen’s unique weavings. The exhibit will open at the start of Chill Factor and Winterlude, and will continue through mid-April. Guests will be able to view the exhibit at no cost during regular business hours and Ottawa Arts Council special events that take place in the Micaela Fitch room during that time.
The exhibition includes tapestries from two series: Aurora Borealis Behind the Trees and Flower Gives Butterflies.
The Aurora Borealis Behind the Trees series includes 20 pastel drawings and 7 tapestries, completed between 2009 and 2012. The series of Aurora tapestries was exhibited with the collective, Fibres Boreales, founded by Thoma Ewen, in Espace Pierre Debain in Gatineau in 2010, and in Musee des Maitres et Artisans du Quebec in Montreal in 2012. The 4th tapestry in the series, Curtain of Light, on display here, was part of a touring exhibition, The New Art of the Loom: International Contemporary Tapestries that travelled through the USA from 2013 to 2015.
The series Flower Gives Butterflies 2013 includes 6 pastel drawings and the two tapestries that are on display in this exhibition. The tapestry Flower Gives Butterflies was included in the group tapestry exhibition, The Art is the Cloth, that travelled to venues in the USA including the New Hampshire Institute of Art, in 2014 and 2015.
About the artist:
Thoma Ewen is a Canadian tapestry artist who has been designing and weaving tapestries for more than 40 years. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the USA, England, France, Poland, Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico and China. She gives conference presentations, directs community arts projects and artists-in-the-schools projects, and co-ordinates exhibitions for the international textile arts event, La Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais 2016. Thoma is the recipient of arts awards and regularly sits on arts juries. She has written extensively on the role of textiles today, and is the author of «The Living Tapestry Workbook», which you can find on her website at moonrain.ca
This exhibition is presented in partnership with Chill Factor in Downtown Rideau BIA
About the Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais:
- 2013 International Triennial of Textile Arts in the Outaouais
Circular (Fall 2013, Vol 21.3)
- The International Textile Arts Triennial receives two arts awards