Seasonal Special Happenings

Exhibit Examines the Fabric of Life

When: Tue., July 12 2011

Fiber artist Libby Chaney grew up in Lakewood, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, then hopped aboard a Greyhound bound for California. She stayed there for 25 years, teaching art classes, raising a family, and developing a distinctive quilting style that she likens to painting with fabric. Now Chaney — who has taken up part-time residency in the area — has more than a dozen of her quilted works on display at Tregoning & Co. The exhibit — her first in Ohio since 1967 — spans nearly 20 years of work, starting with 1993's serene "Jimmy" to this year's "Valley of the Shadow," a grim meditation on grief created in the wake of a devastating personal loss. Some pieces emphasize texture, others are studies in color, and some even drift toward the traditional — although that's the exception. "I'm more interested in relating my work to art technique than to quilting," she cautions. Regardless of the specifics, Chaney's works mirror the process of living. "It's about creating problems you need to solve," she says. "And about doing it using materials you love." Chaney's exhibition, I/Travel/Eye, remains on view through August at 1300 West 78th St.; today's gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition will also be open during upcoming Third Friday events at the 78th Street Studios, July 15 and August 19. For additional hours and information, visit tregoningandco.com or call 216-281-8626. — Cicora

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