Two Marshfield artists featured at Tack Center
For Hub City Times
SPENCER – The mixed-media art of two local artists melds into one show at the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer.
Kathleen Rulka and Tina Cleveland, both from Marshfield, are showcasing their talents in a joint exhibit entitled “Fire & Fiber – a Fusion of Two Artists as Friends.” As they describe it, “Fusion, or synthesis, is the process of combining two or more distinct entities into a new whole. Fire and Fiber is a fusion of two very distinct art forms; a show forged in friendship and a mutual love of creativity.”
Kathleen Rulka has created a signature line of pottery with a layering of glazes that create texture and movement.
“My pottery, glass, and sculptural pieces are reflective of my timeline, and the many roles I have played throughout my life as a woman, an End-of-Life counselor, and as an artist,” says Rulka, a potter for nearly 30 years. “I find joy in the act of creating – both in my art and the opportunity for relationships as I bring people together for social change. I enjoy using layers of glaze to create texture and movement on pottery, and sculpting pieces that speak to me as I move the clay beneath my hands. I am transformed by clay, and clay is transformed by me.”
Though their technique is juxtapose, Rulka’s sculptural pieces blend well with Tina Cleveland’s intricate fiber art.
“I have found that the combination of fabric, paint, thread, batting and embellishments can be combined for a unique and exciting visual experience,” explains Cleveland.
“Some of the images in my pieces are created using hand and machine applique; other designs are painted directly onto the fabric. The art comes together organically as I continue to add stitching and embellishments until I am satisfied that it is complete. My ever-evolving creative process is fueled by experimentation and discovery of new techniques.”
“The common “thread” in all of my art is the continuous line free motion quilting that adds depth and interest by using thread as an artist would use a pencil, to freely draw on the fabric surface with my sewing machine. The rhythmic sound of the machine and the flowing lines I create are a relaxing meditation that brings me much joy and peace.”
An artists’ reception will be held Oct. 4, 5-7 p.m., at the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, 400 N School Street, Spencer. For more information, visit lucilletackcenter.com.