Small Art

I have three pieces included in a new group show at the Smalter Gallery in Kansas City, MO. “Small Art” features artwork in a variety of styles and mediums that are, well, small-ish. Several local artists are included in the show.

Muted Rainbow by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts
Muted Rainbow | Freeform Crochet & Embroidery | 2021 | Annie Webster

The Smalter Gallery is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1PM – 7PM, and by appointment.

Head in The Clouds by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts
Head in the Clouds | Freeform Crochet & Embroidery | 2020 | Annie Webster

“Small Art” opens Friday, November 12 and runs through December 31.

Through Generations by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts
Through Generations | Cyanotype on Cotton, Embroidery, Crochet | 2019 | Annie Webster

Small Art
November 12, 2021 – December 31, 2021
The Smalter Gallery
1802 W 39th St.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Counterpoints

Hi folks,

The Missouri Fiber Artists’ exhibit Counterpoints is on display now at the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design in Warrensburg, MO.

Missouri Fiber Artists Counterpoints January 11-30, 2021 | Webster Fiber Arts

All of the pieces in this exhibit are collaborative works between two MoFA members. We were randomly paired, then asked to explore an element of art: line, color, shape, form, value, space, or texture. My partner, Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone, and I chose color for our element. I focused on the presence of color, and Amber focused on the absence of color. We were each to finish about half of a 10” x 10” piece, then ship it off to the other person to complete the piece.

Here are our completed pieces, hanging in the UCM gallery space (photo by University of Central Missouri):

Clifford-Napoleone/Webster pieces in Counterpoints | Webster Fiber Arts

One of the things I loved about this project was that Amber and I both interpreted “half of a 10” x 10” piece” very literally—we both sent 5” x 10” pieces to each other for finishing.

Counterpoints runs through January 30, 2021. You can see all the pieces in the exhibit here.

Missouri Fiber Artists’ Counterpoints
University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design
217 East Clark Street
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM
Thursday 8AM – 8PM
Saturdays 12PM- 4PM
Capacity limited to 10 people at a time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Masks and physical distancing is required.

Until next time,
Annie

First Annual Kansas City Stockyards Gallery Fiber Exhibition

Hi folks,

I’m excited to have “Blooming” included in the inaugural Kansas City Stockyards Gallery Fiber Exhibition!

The piece is a gelatin print in acrylic on cotton. I added crochet and hand stitching to the piece with cotton floss.

The Fiber Exhibition runs from October 16 through November 13, 2020. There will be an opening reception on the October 16 from 5 PM to 9 PM.

There is also a virtual exhibit of all of the works in the show online. You can see all the pieces here.

First Annual Kansas City Stockyards Gallery Fiber Exhibition
Kansas City Stockyards Gallery
1600 Genessee Street, Suite 161
Kansas City, MO 64102
Friday 1 PM – 5 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Sunday- Thursday: Open by appointment, call ahead to 816-719-7889 to schedule
Opening Reception: Friday, October 16, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Virtual Exhibit

Until next time,
Annie

The MoFA Show

I’m excited to be a part of “The Smalter Gallery presents: The MoFA show, an exhibition of work by local fiber artists” at the Smalter Gallery in Kansas City, MO. My Earth Series is included in the show.

The Smalter Gallery is currently open by appointment only due to COVID-19. Please contact the gallery to schedule an appointment to see our work.

Because in-person viewing is a little more difficult at this time, we will have an online opening Friday, July 24, 2020 at 6PM. Information on that event is available on Facebook.

The Smalter Gallery presents: The MoFA show
An exhibition of work by local fiber artists
July 19th – August 21st
The Smalter Gallery
1802 W 39th St.
Kansas City, MO 64111
The gallery is currently open by appointment only; call 816-200-2554 to schedule an appointment

The Fire Inside: International Freeform Fiberart Guild Annual Challenge

The 2020 International Freeform Fiberart Guild’s Annual Challenge gallery is live! My piece for the collection is called “The Fire Inside”:

The Fire Inside | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

The IFFFG is a collection of freeform crochet artists from around the world. We gather online to select a theme for our challenge each year. Members interpret the theme however they wish. Our theme for this year was Brilliance—the Fire Within.

The Fire Inside Detail 1 | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

This theme had me stumped for months. I was 100% sure I wasn’t going to participate in this year’s challenge because I just had no idea what I was going to make. As the deadline approached, I decided to give it one last shot.

I started with color. I pulled a bunch of fiery embroidery flosses from my stash and started crocheting. My original thought was to make a brooch because it would be small and at least I would have done something. My brooch quickly grew into something larger, and this necklace began to take shape.

The Fire Inside Detail 2 | Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

I’ve never made a necklace like this before, and I must say, I am really happy with it.

Twenty-one artists from all over the world participated in this year’s challenge. View our online gallery here, or purchase a book of the works here.

Until next time,
Annie

5 x 5 x 5

Hi folks,

I have a piece in another show of tiny art. The pieces in 5 x 5 x 5 are even smaller than the ones in the Fun Sized Art show I was in earlier this month. As you may have guessed from the name of the show, all of the pieces in this exhibit are 25 square inches or less.

Flowers by the Stream by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

My work for this show is “Flowers by the Stream,” a gelatin print with embroidered and crocheted details. This piece will be on display at River Oaks Square Art Center in Alexandria, Louisiana through February 15, 2020. The opening reception is Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

5 x 5 x 5
River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 2nd St.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Until next time,
Annie

Between the Threads

Hi folks,

Innovations in Textiles continues in the St. Louis area this month. I have a piece in “Between the Threads,” a national juried exhibition of works of fiber at Webster Arts. Webster Arts and Webster Fiber Arts aren’t related, and the similarity in our names made for fun times at FedEx when it was time to ship my piece.

Blooming by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

My work for this exhibit is “Blooming.” The base of the piece is a gelatin print in acrylic on cotton. I used a dried up zinnia bloom in the printing process for this one, as well as some bubble wrap. I added embroidered and crocheted details with cotton floss.

Blooming Detail by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

“Blooming” will be on display at Webster Arts November 12 through December 20, 2019. The opening reception is Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Between the Threads
Webster Arts
483 East Lockwood, Suite #108
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Opening Reception: Tuesday, November 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Until next time,
Annie

Fun Sized Art

Hi folks,

I am so excited about this show!

I will have two pieces in “Fun Sized Art,” a juried group art exhibition at the Vanessa Lacy Gallery in Kansas City, MO. Art in this show is in all mediums and is 14” or under. Fun sized art! Yay!

Childhood Favorite Doodad by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

When I saw the call for this exhibit, I thought my Shadowbox Doodads would be perfect. Each of these little guys is about 2” square and mounted in a shadowbox that is about 7” x 7” x 1.5”. These little pieces are crocheted with embroidery floss, then embellished with a little bit of hand embroidery.

Golden Years Doodad by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

“Childhood Favorite Doodad” and “Golden Years Doodad” will be on display at the gallery October 18 through November 8, 2019. The opening reception is Friday, October 18, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Friday night is also the Livestock Exchange Building’s Fall Open Studio night. Artists’ with studios in the building will have them, well, open.

Fun Sized Art
Vanessa Lacy Gallery
October 18 – November 8, 2019
Livestock Exchange Building
1600 Genessee Street #161
Kansas City, MO 64102
Reception: Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Until next time,
Annie

Out of My Comfort Zone

Hi folks,

I have a piece in another Innovations in Textiles exhibit! “Shadows of Life: Coreopsis” is included in the Out of My Comfort Zone exhibit at the Lillian Yahn Gallery in O’Fallon, Mo.

Shadows of Life: Coreopsis by Annie Webster | Webster Fiber Arts

The challenge for this exhibit was for artists to move out of their comfort zones with their art by trying new techniques or themes. I use a lot color in my pieces, so I chose to go with a black and white piece. I’ve never made a purely black and white fiber piece before—it was more difficult than I thought it would be! I still really want to add some red or yellow stitches in this piece somewhere.

My background fabric for the piece is a couple of gelatin plate monoprints I created using dead coreopsis blooms from the backyard. I have been experimenting with the gelatin plate a lot lately, though one of the things I enjoy about it is using and mixing colors. With these prints, however, I used only black paint on white cloth. I then sewed a couple of the monoprints together and embellished them with black and white stitches.

Out of My Comfort Zone runs October 1 – October 30, 2019. There will be a reception on Friday, October 18, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Out of My Comfort Zone
October 1 – October 30, 2019
Lillian Yahn Gallery
3028 Winghaven Blvd.
O’Fallon, MO 63368
Reception: Friday, October 18, 2019, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Until next time,
Annie