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See Yazhari's art at IM=X Pilates

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Beth Yazhari is displaying her beaded paintings at IM=X Pilates studio in Lake Oswego through August.

IM=X Pilates Studio is exhibiting the art of Beth Yazhari through August. A Lake Oswego resident, Yazhari describes her art as “beaded paintings,” made of discarded doilies and remnants of embroidered fabrics from which she gets inspiration.

“By rescuing them and recycling them into my beaded paintings, I hope to honor and collaborate with the creative spirit of past generations of women from around the world whose handiwork has often been ignored because it was not created to be displayed in a gallery,” she writes in her artist’s statement. “In repurposing lovingly made decorative textiles as formal elements of compositions on canvas, I build on the labor of multiple unknown stitchers, investing many hours of my own painting and hand beading in order to highlight their beautiful creations as I bring my own unique visions into being.”

The themes of her work revolve around elevating the status of women, honoring and purposefully bringing together diverse needlework and design motifs of cultures around the world and creating harmony and beauty out of bits and pieces.

“Making my art is truly a sacred act for me,” she said. “I feel that creating artwork in a spirit of service to humanity is a form of worship.”

IM=X Pilates Studio is located at 436 First St. in downtown Lake Oswego. For hours and more information, visit imxpilatespdx.com or call 503-908-0024.

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