June 18, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 is pleased to announce its next exhibition, “Betty Vera: URBAN TEXTURES,” a collection of woven textile pieces presented on the wall, will open on Thursday, June 28.

An opening reception for this exhibit will take place in MCLA Gallery 51 on Thursday, June 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition, Vera will present an artist talk on Wednesday, July 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Process and materials play an important role in Vera’s work.

“Fabricating my Jacquard tapestries on computerized industrial machinery has provided a wonderfully precise way to render surface detail and visual texture,” Vera said. “Weaving provides a way to ‘paint’ with dots of color that combine to render an image, as in a pointillist painting. The difference here is that the color is not applied to a surface. It is the surface. In this sense, a tapestry is both image and object.”

According to Arthur De Bow, MCLA Gallery 51 curator, “Betty is fascinated by functional surfaces such as walls, floors, pavements on which human beings have left their marks – either intentionally or unwittingly. She has an amazing ability to use threads and color to render textures that may bend or tilt our perspectives, have a strong aesthetic component and are simply beautiful.”

A founding board member of the North Adams Makers’ Mill, Vera has taught weaving to members of the maker space, as well as to participants in the MASS MoCA artist residency program. She has been a visiting artist at both Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., and NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her other artist residencies include those at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Vera’s work has been exhibited widely, and has been published in American Craft, Fiberarts, Surface Design, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, and Interiors magazines, as well as in several editions of the Fiberarts Design Book; Marypaul Yates’ book, “Fabrics: A Guide for Interior Designers and Architects”; and Carol K. Russell’s international survey, “Fiber Art Today.”

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens. 

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