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13 WalterGropius Master Artist Series Presents Brooke Atherton Exhibition July 9 - September 11 2016 Public Presentation September 8 2016 at 7 p.m. Workshop titled Crossing Media Art of the Mix will take place September 9-11 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will focus on the stories you tell and how you tell them you will layer collage and stitch a book or wall hanging your choice that is a record of our explorations in adding color texture and meaning to fabric paper and found objects. About the Artist Brooke Atherton is a nationally recognized textile artist whose art quilts and mixed media works build community and tell stories. Atherton grew up in Ohio and earned a BFA from Wright State University Dayton Ohio. She decided she needed more real life not more theory and embarked on a search for knowledge and ex- perience in the years that followed she worked as a video and per- formance artist and was the artist-in-residence at an archaeological site. Atherton settled in Billings MT fifteen years ago where she works in an Arts in Medicine program at Billings Clinic Cancer Center. Atherton also taught at the Montana Womens Prison as well as the Yellowstone Art Museum and has organized several community art projects in Billings. Her work has been exhibited in museums galleries and fiber art shows in the United States and England including Quilt Visions in San Diego. She is the Montana and Idaho representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates and has exhibited in several traveling SAQA shows. About the Artists Work Athertons art quilts are built up in layers of silk cotton and wool from canvas backings. She manipulates the fabric by ripping burn- ing and rusting these non-traditional methods represent the ef- fects of elemental forces such as fire and water which she then fuses and stitches extensively. Atherton collects artifacts on walks about town and camping trips in the mountains which she incor- porates into her fiber art. Her art is a visual record of her life and journey across the North American West. Many works function as intimate personal libraries calendars maps and measuring devices that relate to specific stories and events with underlying themes of passage through time and space and meaning built through repeti- tion. She also draws inspiration from the journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition and Victorian daybook ledgers. Brooke Atherton SpringField 2012. Hand dyed silk cotton and found objects on canvas 32H x 97W. Quilt National Best of Show 2013. Private collection. Photo credit Gary J. Kirksey Larry Hamel-Lambert. Brooke Atherton Twenty Feet Deep Detail 2006. Fiber mixed media on canvas 17W x 258H. Photo credit Photographic Solutions Billings MT