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Weaving as an artform

Local students of a fiber arts school display their work at an international exhibit


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: TERRY OLSON - This tapestry, titled See a Vineyard by Barbara Hitzemann, will be a part of the unique display coming to the Sandy Public Library on May 6.Weavers from a fiber arts school in Damascus were invited to exhibit their artistic endeavors last summer at an international exhibit in Long Beach, Calif.

The weavers responded to the challenge of the exhibit, “Pacific Portals,” when they were encouraged to weave to the title theme, experiment with technique and push boundaries in the medium.

That exhibit, which stood along with 150 other works from 12 countries, will be on display in the Sandy Public Library from May 6 to June 30.

The display in Sandy includes the 11-piece collection displayed in California as well as seven other weavings by local students.

With their teachers Terry Olson and Audrey Moore, nine artists from the school created work for the challenge.

The group challenge, sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance, inspired weavers from the Damascus school to submit a collection called “Scenes Along the Columbia.”

The school’s artists wanted to honor our area’s portal to the Pacific — the Columbia River. The tapestries — which are about 10 by 10 inches — highlight the fish, the scenery in the Columbia Gorge, the history of Native Americans and the Columbia River.

Olson partners with Moore to teach tapestry and Navajo weaving at the Damascus Fiber Arts School.

The school is located off Highway 212 on Anderson Road in Damascus, and just celebrated its 45th anniversary.

The selection of tapestries can be seen seven days a week starting May 6 during the library’s open hours: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

The Sandy library is at 38980 Proctor Blvd. For more information, call 503-668-5537 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .