Art: Exhibit in Edison re-interprets storytelling and art

“Threads,” an exhibit opening with a public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison, is a modern take on folk and outsider art that re-interprets traditional themes and mediums to tell stories valid and relevant today.

The exhibit focuses on storytelling within art; in particular stories of women and women’s traditional roles in the development of art and craft.

The artists explore the craft and fine-art dichotomy, and the renaissance in re-inventing modes and mediums once seen as women’s work through the lens of fine art through paintings, embroideries, collages, poetry, quilts, and weavings.

The traditional handcrafts and means of expression were passed down from generation to generation, creating the “threads” that held families and societies together.

The show, which runs through March 29, features embroideries by Ries Niemi, collages and paintings by nationally acclaimed Tennessee artist Hollie Chastain, weavings by Hannah Ruth Levi, weavings and tapestries from Portland, Ore., artist Natalie Novak; hand-dyed and quilted pieces by Jennifer Dranttel; and paintings by Kelly Bjork and Bellingham’s Phoebe Wahl.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Details: smithandvallee.com, 360-766-6230.