RUGLAND: Wall Tapestries from the Center for Creative Works
January 18 – April 12, 2020
Opening: Saturday, January 18, 6 – 8 PM
ArtYard is pleased to present, RUGLAND, a group exhibition of punch-tufted rugs made by artists from the Center for Creative Works, a progressive art studio located in Wynnewood, PA. Produced in conjunction with a workshop lead by the textile artist and designer, Tim Eads, in August of 2019, this series of works demonstrate the dynamic nature of the medium of punch tufting. Featured artists include Judy Barnett, Mary T. Bevlock, Paige Donovan, Cassie Flanagan, Brooke Heckler, Clyde Henry, Olubunmi Ojo, and Natasha Plaza.
The medium of punch tufting has long found a home in the studios of progressive arts centers because of its both exploratory and collaborative nature. In an exhibition at ArtYard in 2019 that celebrated artists from progressive art studios from across the country, a drawing by the Center for Creative Works artist Judy Barnett served as inspiration for a punch tufted rug created by the community throughout the course of the exhibition. This rug is also included in this exhibition along with the original artwork.
The Center for Creative Works is a unique work environment with a goal of developing creative work potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities.
They combine supported studio art development with work opportunities-including supported employment options – and community programming. Participants learn and work in drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, textiles, design, music and other media. CCW fosters individual expression and skill development, promoting their artists’ work through public exhibitions, art fairs, and other events in the community. Their fully engaged program includes many options for inclusion, growth, exploration and development of individual talents and skills within each person. CCW is committed to realizing potential for everyone to contribute in truly meaningful and productive ways, and to support their artists in building their cultural identity as members of their community.