The Art of Sara Joyce
October 30, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Sara Joyce (1923-2011) was born in California and grew up during the Great Depression, learning the virtue of thrift and the skills to be self-reliant, such as cooking and sewing, during her early years.
Sara had a life-long relationship with fabric. She was always looking at it, gathering it, touching it. She used only natural fibers—nothing synthetic—and had a particular love for Harris Tweed wool. She made everything she herself wore, as well as many of her children’s clothes, coats, and Halloween costumes.
She found her inspiration in outdated Vogue pattern books, folk patterns and ethnic costumes, among other things. She always subscribed to Women’s Wear Daily (along with sixteen other publications she subscribed to!) and often tore out pictures for her journals to inspire her later, along with sketches of designs she created.
“She wanted the work to elicit a response. It didn’t matter what the response was. That she had brought forth something in the viewer was her gratification.”
Roger Rowley, Director
Moscow, ID June 2014
Sara also made items for their home, such as rugs, draperies and slip covers. Her daughter, Heidi, tells of seeing a photo one day. “Both my mom and I were wearing dresses she had made, sitting on a sofa covered in a slip cover made by her, that matched the hand-made draperies on the windows,” she said.
Sara was very intentional in what she designed and what she wore. No one really knows the thinking behind creating and wearing a dress with the inside seams on the outside but she did this before it became a trend to show the raw edges! She most often wore leggings under her wrap skirts and would even paint her shoes to give them a little extra punch. She worked very well with color, even going so far as to change the color of her bobbin threads for a subtle effect.
This is the premier showing of Sara’s personal clothing, giving a rare glimpse into a very private side of this amazing artist’s DIY lifestyle and personal aesthetic.
Best of the Festival 2019
First Place and Award of Excellence Winners
October 16 - November 24, 2019
Wendy Bannister, Edmonds, WA
Barbara Baker, Surrey, BC CANADA
Vinitha John, Vancouver, BC CANADA
Carol Hill, Bellevue, WA
Susan Nylander, Sequim, WA
Louise Harris, Sedro Woolley, WA
Kathie Kerler, Portland, OR
Harriet Cherry Cheney, Dobbs Ferry, NY
JaNita Clairmont, Seattle, WA
Barbara Baker, Surrey, BC, Canada
Mary Washer, Snohomish, WA
Christina McCann, Depoe Bay, OR
Nancy Turbitt, Smithfield, RI
Nicole McHale, Sammamish, WA
Lisa Owens, Redmond, WA
Sheri Marshall, Eddyville, KY
Cynthia Johnson Sloan, Lake Stevens, WA
Kimberly Lacy, Colorado Springs, CO
Cathy Erickson, Washougal, WA
Leslie Forbes, Osoyoos, BC, Canada
Kathy McNeil, Marysville, WA
Sharon Carvalho, Sisters, OR
Kathy Knapp, Belpre, OH
Lynette Brown, Sylvania,
Patti Barker, Friday Harbor, WA
Charleen Krueger, Sedro Woolley, WA
Fiber + Paste
Northwest Collage Society
October 30 - November 24, 2019
This is the Northwest Collage Society's first exhibit at the Museum. Over 50 pieces were juried into this exhibit, which required each piece to incorporate fabric into their design.
List of Featured Artists:
John Nelson Arbuckle
Colleen Foye Bollen
Marcia Meckelson Miller
Margaret Clarke Wheeler