A collection of six pieces titled “These Thy Gifts,” created by Louisville fiber artist Joanne Weis, is currently on display on the second floor of the Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College. The collection debuted on Oct. 24 with a reception and words from the artist.
Weis said the idea for the pieces came after reading an article about the beginning of the Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College, which was formed through a partnership with the college and The Berry Center in New Castle, Ky. The work is inspired by the words of Kentucky author Wendell Berry.
Weis is the former director of Louisville Metro Human Services. Since retiring from that position, she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville fine arts program. She is also the past president of the Louisville-area Fiber and Textile Art Association.
During the exhibit debut, Weis said she while growing up in Providce, R.I., she had dreamed of going to the Rhode Island School of Design. However, life took her in a different direction.
“I always tried to be the artist, as well as the mother, as well as being the volunteer, as well as being the full-time employee, as well as being the good wife, as well as being all of that kind of thing,” she said. “So I would look for ways to kind of justify it during the years when we were spending time, like I said, t-ball, Little League and orthodontics.”
She used her art to give back. She was originally introduced to textile art by making banners for her church, she said. She self-taught herself the techniques involved in making fiber arts.
While the collection will be on display at St. Catharine College until spring 2014, Weis will be hosting a gallery talk on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Emily W. Hundley Library.
The event is free and open to the public.
Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.