Yarn art: Pam Wenzel creates branches and leaves for the community sculpture at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery during BC Culture Day on Saturday

Sculpture knits local community

Salmon Arm Art Gallery presents The Knitted Tree, a community sculpture project.

  • Sep. 29, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Salmon Arm Art Gallery presents The Knitted Tree, a community sculpture project.

More than 250 people participated in the creation of this sculpture that will be unveiled at a reception, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Cathi Johnston and Diana Pratt-Johnson were instrumental in building participation in this project.

Through the group Odd Socks Knitting Studio Friday afternoons at the gallery, they designed each element to encourage more creativity and free-form expression within individual knitters’ abilities.

All ages and levels of knitters were invited to participate in the open community-building experience, one that introduced knitting as an art media to many people.

Not to be confused with yarn-bombing, this sculptural installation is created entirely from knitted parts. There are bark pieces, roots, branches, leaves and other knitted and felted details.

Visitors will remove their shoes and walk freely among the soft roots of the tree.

“The exhibition is a touchable one, which doesn’t happen often, so we encourage everyone who loves the tactile nature of knitting to visit during this show,” says gallery director/curator Tracey Kutschker.

Coffee Break from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 will be a Spin-In, co-hosted by Intwined Fibre Arts. The gallery invites everyone to enjoy the many fibre art forms, and to take their own fibre projects to work on.

 

 

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