A new year of fiber arts workshops at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts is off to a winning start after Assistant Director and instructor Carole Spelic’ received an award of excellence at the 29th Annual Midwest Seasons show at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.
Spelic’s artwork was selected by juror Amy Cannestra from over 200 entries and honored at the Jan. 18 CVA’s Opening Gallery Gala. The CVA’s signature exhibit, Midwest Seasons celebrates pieces submitted by artists from around the country in all mediums and style describing the seasons of the Midwest. Spelic’s piece is titled “Autumn — from the Greater Homage Squared (after Josef Albers) series.” A traditional Scandinavian technique called rya, “Autumn” is wool and acrylic on cotton warp, hand woven and hand knotted.
Originally from the East Coast, Spelic’ earned her MFA at the State University of New York at Albany and BA from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and then spent 17 years as a productive artist in Manhattan. She has been active in the Mineral Point arts community since her arrival in 2000 and a part of Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts since its inception 15 years ago this year. Over the years, she's taught workshops for adults and youth and contributed countless volunteer hours, and in 2017 joined Shake Rag Alley as assistant director.
Three of the four Robust Rag Rug workshops Spelic’ is scheduled to teach at Shake Rag Alley this year are sold out, and only two spots remain in her Aug. 18 class. (If a preferred class is full, students can add their name to a waiting list in the event of cancellations.) Students can also look forward to learning silk screen printing techniques with Spelic’ during the annual Printmaking Retreat Sept. 27-29.
In addition to teaching fiber arts, Spelic’ coordinates the entire Shake Rag Alley fiber arts catalog, which this year features 16 workshops including. Check the full schedule at shakeragalley.com