For the month of November, local artists Sheri Howe and Kathleen Lewis will be featured in the FW Gallery at Woolworth Walk.
Sheri Howe is a native of California. Having spent the majority of her life in rural mountain communities, such as in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains of CA and NV, her work is
vastly influenced by the natural world and her relationships within it. Receiving her BFA from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV, on the shores of North Lake Tahoe, Sheri studied Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. Sheri has exhibited her work extensively, in group and solo shows, throughout California, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Tennessee. Her work has been published in numerous National and International publications as well. Sheri has been teaching art to all ages since graduating from college in 1989, offering such classes as Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Book Arts, Printmaking, Basketmaking, Sculpture and more. Most recently she taught Drawing and Watercolor at AB Tech in Asheville, NC. Sheri relocated to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in 2014 and has been making Appalachian inspired art ever since.
Kathleen Lewis creates, with her functional fiber art, wearable designs and whimsical creatures. Her vibrant creations convey a spectrum of emotions. The artist's company, Kathleen Lewis Designs, is located in Asheville's enchanting Kenilworth, a neighborhood surrounded by an abundance of nature that inspires creativity. Recycled fabrics, left over from manufacturing and interior design jobs, come to life as creatures such as Art the owl and hootlets and one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. Her hip pocket, patchwork newsboys and reversible hats have become favorites among her creations. Kathleen alters natural fabrics with a variety of processes including hand dyeing, painting, and printing. Her methods recreate texture to yield a new perspective. In celebration of the Earth's resources, she also reuses vintage woolens and other natural fabrics. She sews the materials into warm winter hats, mittens, scarves, and attention-grabbing handbags. Her accessories are sure to be lasting articles of clothing to be handed down through generations.
Kathleen cannot remember a time she was not creating something. She began with art and craft activities as a young child. At the age of eight her mother, a skilled tailor, and seamstress allowed her to sew on her Singer sewing machine. This opened a limitless world of creativity for young Kathleen. From her mother, she learned traditional sewing skills and the importance of quality craftsmanship. Starting with this foundation, Kathleen has taken many directions on her creative journey.