Fiber arts showcased at Applebee Gallery

February 22, 2016 | 10:36 AM

The Applebee Gallery at MacMurray College features a St. Louis-area artist for a one-woman show. The opening reception for “Moments,” a show of fiber arts by St. Charles, MO, artist Melissa Whitwam, will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Gallery, with an artist talk at 6:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

The show exhibits a number of Whitwam’s work, including “Nocturne” (pictured), and continues through March 24. After the opening, the exhibit may be viewed 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when MacMurray is open. The Applebee Gallery is located in the Putnam/Springer Center at the southeast corner of Clay and State streets on the MacMurray campus.

In her work, Whitwam seeks to represent the weaving together of unique moments in life. “Informed by the processes and materiality of fiber arts, I create art reflective of the time and meditations necessary to make it,” Whitwam said. “My interests in mathematics, natural systems, perception (versus experience), and cultural mythologies manifest themselves visually in work that asks for a contemplation on the processes of creation, the necessity of details, and the elegance of the whole."

She received her bachelor’s degree in literature and a BFA in Fiber Arts from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, in 2003 and earned her MFA from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, in 2007. She currently lives and works in St. Charles, MO, showing her works throughout the country and is a member of many local art organizations. She says her proudest accomplishment is being able to combine her love of the arts with her career. Serving as the Foundry Art Centre’s exhibition manager, she is able to work with other artists, promoting, curating, and sharing their artwork with the community.

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