Schmierbach exhibits work in Fort Collins, Las Vegas

Amy Schmierbach, assistant professor of art Fort Hays State University, is displaying her work in a three-person exhibit at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colo., and in a solo exhibit at Charleston Heights Art Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

The exhibit at the Lincoln Center, titled "Textures," will run through Sunday, February 17, 2008. She uses fibers to create colorful, two-dimensional art.

"The materials and techniques I use to create my forms refer back to my experiences as a child," said Schmierbach. "My mother taught me how to sew and crochet. By using textured yarns and fuzzy fabrics, I intend to address the desires we have as humans to touch and to be touched. I install these colorful forms in configurations that I see as abstracted landscapes. I invite the viewer to touch my work. It is my hope that this experience will trigger memories from their past, an enjoyable feeling or just a simple smile."

Her solo exhibit at Charleston Heights Art Center, titled "Touch," will remain on display through April 24, 2008. The collection includes soft sculptures that explore the sense of touch. The event is sponsored by Las Vegas City Commission and presented by the office of Cultural Affairs of the city of Las Vegas Office of Government and Community Affairs.  

"Traditionally," said Schmierbach, "in a gallery or museum, the viewers use their visual perception to understand and appreciate the beauty in a piece of artwork. We are told 'not to touch.' By limiting our interaction with art, we may never truly experience the art. It is through this sense of touch we make connections with our surroundings and it helps us find our way or place in life."

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