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The Message is for the Eye
Posted 10/19/2017 02:30PM

The SAS Gallery welcomes artist Arlyn Ende, whose work will be featured in the gallery October 1 - November 9. Ende's exhibition, The Message is for the Eye: An Introspective Exhibition features prints, collage, designs, and documentary materials from Ende's decades as an internationally renowned textile artist, designer, researcher, arts entrepreneur, and collaborator with her life and art partner, Jack Hastings. An artist's reception will be held on Thursday, October 5, 3:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the SAS Gallery on the campus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School. The public is invited to attend.

Ende was raised in New Orleans, where she passed a "dreamy Southern childhood." She attended Louisiana State University where she took pre-med courses, followed by a program in Drawing at Tulane University School of Architecture and study of Design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the decades since, Ende's independent textile study and research have taken her to 11 different countries. She has homesteaded and founded a clothing line, (FogEater). She has worked in art galleries and urban design and has designed books as well as textiles. Her work has been featured in dozens of exhibitions and books and is collected around the world. Ende's work has received numerous awards including the Grand Prize in the American Craft Awards of the American Craft Museum, New York, N.Y.

Ende is perhaps best known for her large-scale textiles which are characterized by bold design and vibrant color. Her textiles have been commissioned to grace dozens of public spaces in schools, businesses, airports, and hospitals, including 11 stories of wall murals for the elevator lobbies at Vanderbilt Hospitals. Her Introspective Exhibition will include planning materials from large scale works, as well as more intimately scaled collages and drawings, and cyanotypes from recent years.

In celebration of Ende's work, textile artist and SAS former faculty member Christi Teasley will be offering a one-day workshop, Introduction to Basic Wet Felting Techniques. The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Participants will use a lively palette of merino wool to explore three techniques: flat felting, nuno felting, and physical resists. They will then combine these techniques to make a small pouch, suitable for carrying a phone or other small items. The fee for the workshop is $25. Register online.

SAS Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment. Contact Julie Jones for more information.


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