Art of Detailing, Opening Feb. 23

Moongate, Judy Ott

For its first show of the year in the Focus Gallery, the Southern Highland Craft Guild will present Art of Detailing. Opening Friday, Feb. 23, the group exhibition will feature six regional craftspeople: Asheville fiber artist Judy Ott, Burnsville potters Michael and Ruth Rutkowsky, Black Mountain broom maker Peter Werner, Asheville glass artist Kathryn Adams, and Asheville ceramicist Kelsey Schissel. Though Ott is one of the newest members of the Guild, she boasts nearly three decades of experience as a colorist, stylist, and C-suite executive in the textile industry. She also founded her own weaving business, AboutColor Home. “We wove trims for decorators, but I sold the business to one of my weavers when I moved to Asheville 12 years ago,” Ott tells Asheville Made. Today, the artist spends her time making scarves, shawls, and wall art. Her pieces play with color as well as texture. “Almost all of my work features wool and silk,” Ott explains in a press statement. “I love the way the wool shrinks and the silk does not. It allows for texture and nuance of the piece.”

Art of Detailing: February 23-May 20

Folk Art Center / Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway 

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