Unexplored Territory

“Mayan Women” by Wendy Carpenter.

The Hardy Gallery, a nonprofit gallery in the historic district of Ephraim located on Anderson Dock, announced that its fall exhibit “Unbound: Beyond the Boundaries of Traditional Fibers and Fabrics” will open the evening of Aug. 29 and run through Oct. 14. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 – 7 pm on Aug. 29. The public is invited to attend this free event.

“Unbound” is an invitational exhibit that features a diverse selection of fiber work by local and regional artists. The premise for the exhibit lies in the book Beyond Craft: The Art Fabric Mainstream (1981), whose authors assert that there was craft in every art form, but the difference between the artist and craftsperson was this: the craftsman repeats and perfects what he/she already knows, but the artist takes risks and delves into unexplored territory. This exhibit will explore this distinction from the traditional, functional and decorative to the contemporary, innovative and experimental.

“Unbound” will feature the works of 19 artists including Lorraine Brink, Fran Burton, Wendy Butler Berns, Wendy Carpenter, Kirsten Christianson, Bonnie Connolly, Rosalie Dittmann, Allison Gates, Susan Hoffmann, Diane Kirkland, Joan Mahoney, Cheryl Mahowald, Wence and Sandra Martinez, Robert Mertens, Jennifer Mokren, Lauren Sinner, Debbie Stellmacher, Jennifer Stultz and Mindy Sue Wittock.

The Hardy Gallery is open daily, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 12 – 5 pm. The gallery is located at 3083 Anderson Lane. For more information, call 920.854.2210 or visit The gallery will close for the 2014 season on Oct. 14.