Who: Linda Davis is a Central Oregon artist taking part in “Color Gone Wild,” a new weaving and fiber arts show on display through Feb. 27 at Barber Library on the Central Oregon Community College campus, 2600 NW College Way, in Bend. It’s the first stop of the traveling exhibit, which was juried by acclaimed Portland weaver Rosalie Nielson. “Three Sisters Winter Sunset,” Davis’ contribution to the exhibit fits the show’s colorful theme, which was organized by the Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO).
Q: How many pieces are in the show?
A: There are 66 entries, but it comprises about 70 pieces, because some of them have more than one piece associated with them.
Q: And the artists are from all over the state?
A: They are.
Q: Are Central Oregon fiber artists well-represented?
A: Yes. There are eight individuals that are members of our guild here in Central Oregon, called the Central Oregon Spinners and Weavers Guild. … we have over 100 members now.
Q: Is the guild here growing because more people are finding their way to the fiber arts?
A: Definitely, and it’s not just here, but nationally. From people I talk to, there’s been a growing interest that, I think, coincides with just an overall interest in sustainability, made in the U.S.A., back to the earth kind of feeling, which was prevalent in the ’70s, when I got started.
Q: The show is starting here. Where else is it going?
A: It’s here at Barber Library through Feb. 27, and then it travels to Marylhurst University outside of Portland. From there it travels to the Umpqua Community Arts Association in Roseburg. From there it goes to the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, and then it ends up at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem beginning at the end of September … it runs there actually three months.
Q: Is the intent behind the show to promote weaving and the fiber arts?
A: Yes, that’s … probably its primary purpose, promotion of the craft and art of weaving and related fiber arts, to show people what’s going on in that area of interest these days. (Some) people think of weaving as being something that was done thousands of years ago, which it was, like it’s a dying art or something, and it’s not. So it’s just to show what is being done in this day and age and promote the artists as well as the general field of weaving and fiber arts.
— David Jasper, The Bulletin