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Hudgens Center opens 3 fiber exhibitions

Special Photo The Hudgens Center for the Arts hosts an opening reception for "Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber" today, which includes this piece called "Red Collection" by Amy Gross.

Special Photo The Hudgens Center for the Arts hosts an opening reception for "Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber" today, which includes this piece called "Red Collection" by Amy Gross.

DULUTH -- Do you have a special love for fabrics and textiles? The Hudgens Center for the Arts has a few new displays for you.

The Duluth venue is holding an opening reception for three new exhibits Thursday, which include "Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber," "Confession" and "Needles & Threads: Gwinnett Celebrates Traditional Fiber Arts."

The exhibitions include needlepoint, quilting, crewel, knitting, crocheting, petit point, macrame, embroidery, cross stitch, weaving, rug hooking, felting, lace making, flocking and more.

"Repetition & Ritual" is a group fibers exhibition featuring the works of 17 artists united by their materials and creative process.

"Some of the artists deliberately seek out the meditative qualities of repetitive activity to express their ideas, while the repetition found in other artist's work is an aesthetic result of their process," said exhibit curator Sonya Yong James. "A prescribed order of assembling, manipulating and presenting materials borders on ceremony for these artists."

The "Confession" exhibition was created Louisiana artist Jes Schrom. It features vintage handkerchiefs hung on clothes lines in the gallery.

"Needles & Thread" is the first juried fibers exhibit at the Hudgens. Local fiber artists were invited to submit their works to be considered for inclusion, and the resulting exhibit features works by 15 artists, including quilts, a handful of cross stitch samplers and several needlepoint examples.

The reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. All three exhibitions remain on display through May 25.