Art exhibit brings joy, funding

August 17, 2010

By Paige Collins

The exhibit features work from Susan Briggs, an artist who uses intricate fabric collage, stitching and beading to create detailed and colorful designs. By Susan Briggs

Textile art by Eastside female artists is to embellish the walls of Providence Marianwood through the end of September, thanks to a partnership between the assisted living facility and artEAST.

The exhibit, titled “Vibrant Threads,” showcases the work of Anne Anderson, of Issaquah; Sharlet Driggs, of Fall City; and Susan Olds, of North Bend. Made from felted wool, hand-painted silk and fabric collage, the art boasts vivacious colors and unusual media.The show will be open for public viewing through Sept. 30. One-fourth of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be donated to Providence Marianwood.

“We are grateful to the artists and to artEAST for bringing this great show to us,” Arlene Carter, executive director of the Providence Marianwood Foundation, said in a press release. “Both the art and having interaction with the community in this way brings joy to the mostly elderly residents at Providence Marianwood. That’s a nice win-win.”

As a remodel to the building is in its final stages of completion, the staff at Providence Marianwood thought it was the perfect time to begin a rotating art show. The current exhibit is the venue’s third of many, according to Liz Ashley, an artEAST artist and member of the Providence Marianwood Foundation board of directors.

The first exhibit displayed photography from 12 local artists, while the second showcased artwork from Marianwood residents.

“It’s nice to get something fresh every couple of months,” Ashley said, adding that many of the residents appreciate the change of scenery.

If you go

‘Vibrant Threads’ exhibit

Through Sept. 30

Reception for the artists

6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 18

Providence Marianwood

3725 Providence Point Drive S.E.

Paige Collins: 392-6434 or Comment at

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