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“Dancing to a Joyous Song” is one of the works by fiber artist Brenda J. Bunten-Schloesser on exhibit in the Gogh Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts.
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New exhibits highlight illustrations, work in fiber

The Greater Denton Arts Council has an antidote to Black Friday madness.

The council recently opened two exhibits: “Dancing by the Light of the Moon: The Art of Fred Marcellino” is in the Meadows Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts. “Dance With Life: Works in Fiber by Brenda J. Bunten-Schloesser” opened in the smaller space at the arts center, the Gogh Gallery.

Marcellino didn’t start out as the Caldecott Award winner he become. The artist’s renown first grew when his illustrations and designs landed on the cover of record albums for bands spanning a spectrum of genres.

He moved on to design and illustrate for book jackets for authors such as Tom Wolfe, Margaret Atwood and Anne Tyler. It was then that Marcellino’s interest in children’s literature emerged.

In the mid-1980s, Marcellino turned his attention to children’s books. His first full-color picture book, Puss in Boots, was awarded a prestigious Caldecott Honor in 1990, and many award-winning classics followed. I, Crocodile, his first original tale, was a critical and popular success.

The National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene organized this exhibition of works by Marcellino, who died in 2001.

“Dance With Life” is made up of collages made from painted cotton. Bunten-Schloesser uses fiber-reactive dye, then pieces the fabric together in organic shapes and images.

Bunten-Schloesser said fiber is her preferred medium because she likes its properties.

“Fiber has a life of its own,” Bunten-Schloesser writes in her artist statement. “Fiber has a life of its own. As in life, working in fiber presents the element of surprise and oftentimes results in a change of course. Each finished piece has a presence to it, a weight and a natural feeling of being.”

The arts center is closed today and Friday, but will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The galleries are closed on Sunday for a private function.

Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The arts center is located at 400 E. Hickory St. Admission to the galleries is free. For docent tours, call the arts center at 940-382-2787.

— Lucinda Breeding

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