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'Two Women Four Hands' Exhibit to Open at C-GCC

Written By Editor on 2/28/17 | 2/28/17

An art exhibit featuring two women who make their living with the techniques
of sewing and knitting will open March 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Foundation
Gallery at Columbia-Greene Community College.

The show, entitled "Two Women Four Hands," features the work of artists
Cynthia Atwood and Julia Baier. Through their artwork, according to a
statement by the artists, they "liberate" the traditional work of women.

Atwood works as a fabricator of custom drapes for private clients and
decorators. Her sewing skills have crossed into her studio, and she makes
objects motivated by her attraction to materials and the pleasure she takes
in handling them. She says work is sculptural and is "an exaggerated
reference to the body: inexplicable and sensuous."

Baier's work includes a group of knitted wall pieces that explores a tactile
response to the material. Some of the reliefs draw attention to the origin
of what she uses to create the pieces: goat, rabbit, sheep and yak hair.

Both artists consider their stereotype and play with it, provoking humor and
an innovative approach to materials.

Atwood has spent the past 30 years in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, as an
artist participating in local and regional exhibitions.
 She holds a B.F.A.
in painting and printmaking from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. in
visual arts/sculpture from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier.

In 2016, Atwood exhibited at Six Depot in West Stockbridge, Mass., and
received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is
an artist/teacher for M.F.A. students at New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Baier was born in Germany and at age 12 moved to a small family farm in
rural New England, where she learned how to knit, crochet and sew. She
received a B.F.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass., in sculpture,
making work with a focus on natural found-objects: sticks, beeswax and
string.

She spent ten years in the film and photography business as a production
assistant and prop-stylist, in San Francisco and New York City. After the
birth of her children, she found employment in knitwear design, work she
could do at home while raising her children. She currently creates knitted
wall pieces that combine her love of natural materials and the sculptural
form.

The Show will be on display through April 21. Gallery hours are Monday to
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (518) 828-4181,
extension 3241.

C-GCC is located on state Route 23 in Greenport, one mile east of the Rip
Van Winkle Bridge. Route 23 can be reached from Exit 21 of the New York
State Thruway or the Hudson exit of the Taconic Parkway.

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