The Coastal Arts Guild (CAG) welcomes their own Janet Webster as speaker for the guild’s Friday, August 3rd luncheon. The luncheon runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newport Visual Arts Center’s 2nd floor classroom/meeting room and invites those interested in the arts to attend. Webster will speak at 11:30.
Janet was a librarian for almost 30 years before retiring in 2015 but throughout her professional career she maintained a deep interest in fabric arts. Her work evolved over time from weaving to quilting. Now she explores the various facets of pieced work and fabric manipulation. As a 5th generation Oregonian, she draws much of her inspiration and imagery from the landscape that surrounds her.
Her fiber Arts training includes Penland School of Arts & Crafts in Asheville, NC., Amish Quilt Design at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology as well as many fiber workshops throughout Oregon taught by Marie Lyman, Nancy Crow and Judy Niemeyer. Janet has exhibited in Mt Angel Abby Library, Beppu Gallery, in Pacific City, Pop-Up Gallery in Portland, Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City, and Sunriver Lodge Gallery,
Janet says that working with fabric exercises her intuitive side as well as the more logical; construction requires thought while design needs inspiration.
Websters explained “Starting as a weaver years ago, I moved to quilting as I found I wanted to work more directly with color and fabric. Yet, I was never very comfortable with the precision of traditional quilting and preferred to follow my own approach to working with color and form. Inspired by the work of Nancy Crow, I’ve taught myself how to work with curves and created fabrics. Fabric is multi-faceted in terms of texture, color, weight, and reflectivity lending itself to combinations that are not quite collage but also not quilts. I enjoy the structure of the grid and work with it in many pieces. In others, a scrap or length of fabric may suggest how to approach a piece. It is fun to experiment with traditional quilt block designs as well as new techniques that cross my path.”
Born and raised in Portland and a long time resident of Lincoln County, Janet currently lives on the Newport Bay Front and enjoys the spatial layers of the water, the town, the boats and the sky.
For additional information and an invitation to attend CAG’s luncheon, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599. She can also provide information about this marvelous avenue to appreciate the many art forms-and a fun way to meet likeminded people. The Coastal Arts Guild, a volunteer program which staffs the Visual Arts Center and serves the arts community of Lincoln County. CAG welcomes new members and there are no membership dues.