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A New Exhibit with Materials Finding a New Purpose as Art opens at the JCC Center Gallery

Cattaraugus County , Chautauqua-Allegheny | Arts & Culture

A New Exhibit with Materials Finding a New Purpose as Art opens at the JCC Center Gallery

The new exhibit, Habit, Sculpture and Wall Pieces by Ani Hoover opens April 7 at the JCC Center Gallery, and focuses on two of the artist’s longtime passions, recycling and craft making.The works in this exhibit feature the craft techniques of weaving, crochet or sewing and many of them also feature materials gleaned from the waste stream. The opening reception on Friday evening, April 7 from 6-8 pm is free, open to the public and appetizers and beverages will be served. The public is invited to view these works at the Center Gallery in the JCC College Center on exhibit through May 18, 2017.

As a child, Hoover spent long hours poking around in her grandmother’s crochet magazines followed by intense searches of the house for materials to use for her newest “project.” For the pieces in the exhibit Habit, Hoover revisits her childhood pastimes of craft making and using found materials to create work that speaks to both her personal history and a contemporary art making practice. The resulting works include large scale crochet, quilts made from recycled plastics, weavings of plastic shopping bags and a flock of delicate tulle fabric “yo-yo’s.”

Ani Hoover is a Buffalo-based professional artist working in the field for over 20 years. She began her art career as a painter and received a BFA for painting from American University in Washington, D.C. and an MFA for painting from Missouri State University. Around 2010 her work began to consist mostly of sculpture, installation and fiber based practices. Her process embraces recycled materials and decidedly low-tech methods for creating art. Hoover’s work is in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Anderson Gallery at the University of Buffalo, and many public and private collections in Western New York and around the country.

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council works in collaboration with Jamestown Community College to produce this exhibition series. The Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8am-7pm and Friday 8am-3pm. The gallery is closed on weekends and all college holidays.

For more information on this event please visit http://www.myartscouncil.net

Event Details

    April 7, 2017 - May 8, 2017
    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM