The touch and feel of art, in the traditions of handcrafted Western quilters and craftsmen, are the catalyst for the works Sarah Lillegard. A Nevada Arts Council 2015 Visual Arts Fellow. Lillegard uses fibers embroidery and photo transfers to focus on belonging, self and faith. Saturday, Oct. 18, Lillegard hosts a free workshop to teach an introduction to natural dye, a crash course in using organic matter to dye fabric, thread and yarns.
The event is from noon to 3 p.m. at The Holland Project, 140 Vesta St in Reno. Guests will learn tips and tricks to explore the age-old dye process and experiment with household, natural and easy to find items to create their own amazing projects. Participants will leave with a resources sheet, a dye card and some dye samples. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting [email protected].
Lillegard is a mixed-media artist who comes from a family that made art together. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Walla Walla University, College Place, WA., and has since worked within the Reno community co-founding the Go For Broke Zine Collective. She self-published a DIY Guide to Reno and is the former director of the Holland Project Gallery. In addition to working in fiber arts, Lillegard is also a zine maker, writer, curator and graphic designer. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Northwest and Northern Nevada.
The Artist Fellowship Program was created in 1988 by the Nevada Arts Council to encourage the pursuit of artistic excellence by providing financial support to Nevada artists. These 12-month fellowships provide artists with time, materials and living expenses, and may be awarded to artists at any stage of their career development. In addition to using the grant award to produce art during the fellowship year, each fellow provides a free public event relevant to his or her discipline, through readings, exhibitions, performances and master classes.
Since the program’s inception, NAC has recognized the work of 167 actors, dancers, choreographers, composers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, playwrights, poets, sculptors, theater directors, visual artists and writers. By acknowledging outstanding artistic accomplishment, the program promotes public awareness and appreciation of the role of the artist in society.
The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, is the agency charged with ensuring that state and national funds support cultural activity and encourage participation in the arts throughout Nevada. In addition to providing hundreds of grants to arts and community-based organizations, schools, artists and local municipalities throughout the state, the Arts Council coordinates a variety of statewide programs and activities such as the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition for high-school aged students, traveling exhibits, artist residencies, workshops and cultural assessments. For more information, contact (775) 687-6680 or visit the department’s website at nac.nevadaculture.org/.
SOURCE: Nevada Arts.