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Americana Fiberworks at Kaviar Forge & Gallery (Opening Reception)
November 28, 2014 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Americana Fiberworks at Kaviar Forge & Gallery
Opening Reception: F.A.T Friday November 28th 6-9pm
Kaviar Forge & Gallery and Americana Fiberworks have joined together to further their missions of supporting locally handcrafted art and newcomers to our Louisville community. The fiber art is created by refugee and immigrant women within the Americana Community Center. Not only does the selling of products directly support and empower the artists by providing a supplemental income, the program also helps them develop confidence, talent in the fiber arts, increase literacy skills, and fosters a supportive social network. This is a great opportunity to support local businesses and local artists developing a sense of community as they adapt to their new home in Louisville.
Please join us November 28th during the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop as we celebrate this new and continuing partnership between Americana Fiberworks and Kaviar Forge & Gallery! While the women of Americana Fiberworks have previously sold their works in various festivals in the city, this is the first gallery in town where their work will be available at an ongoing basis. Kaviar Gallery will carry handbags, scarves, pillows and other fiber art created by the women in this program. Not only are the works individually unique and of high quality, but they are offered at incredibly reasonable prices, with hand-made purses ranging from $20 – $30. Proceeds from each sale directly benefit the artist who created the product, with a small portion reinvested into the fiber works program.
“Americana Fiberworks began in 2005 to support Somali Bantu women, who were often isolated in their homes with no formal education, literacy skills, or modern-economy job skills. The program helped them gain extra income, English practice, social support, and confidence. Since then, the group has grown to include women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, representing countries from Mexico to Iraq, Yemen to the Congo, and Burundi to Burma.”
A mixture of contemporary American fiber arts and traditional skills that our artists bring with them from their home country are practiced within the program. The women are encouraged to share their native skills with one another, and to learn new skills as well. The artists choose the products they would like to make and the materials used.
This reception will run concurrently with the ‘Abstract in Kentucky’ exhibition. Kaviar Gallery currently represents over one hundred artists. Located on Frankfort Ave in Clifton, the gallery is filled with various fine arts, crafts, jewelry, textiles and furniture. Owner Craig Kaviar, who is a renowned sculptor and blacksmith himself, is a proponent of Louisville arts and a fervent believer in the importance of celebrating local arts and crafts.