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Marlene Lloyd teams up with painters for The Noun Show

MARLENE LLOYDWhen it comes to including fabric art at art festivals, count in Marlene Lloyd.

The Wilsonville textile artist has taken a fresh new step in her career by having her work included in the Artist’s Vision: The Noun Show: Person, Place or Thing at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts this weekend, June 24-26, at Lakewood Center. Two jurors got a look at Lloyd’s two pieces, “Contemporary Squares” (a table runner) and “Rippling Rep” (a bed scarf), and decided she should be part of the Artist’s Vision show. Lloyd is totally pumped about it.

She said, “When I read the festival’s call to artists for ‘The Noun Show’, for works eligible for two and three dimensional pieces in any medium and that can be displayed on the wall, it sounded like a description of the two textile pieces I had just woven.”

Following acceptance by the jurors, Lloyd immediately received encouragement from Artist’s Vision curator Robert Tomlinson.

“I’m delighted to have Marlene’s work in this part of the show for this year,” Tomlinson said. “We had a huge fiber show last year, but this time she’s part of the Artist’s Vision exhibit.”

Lloyd’s work will help Tomlinson expand his vision of The Noun Show.

“With the Noun Show we explore the idea of objects,” Tomlinson said. “That receives various interpretations and that gives us a huge amount of materials to work with.”

That will include encaustic paintings by Diane Jean Erickson, water colors by Vern Groff and Patrice Cameron, “super realistic” panel paintings by Sarah Sagan, mixed media art by Julie Forbes, photography by David DeSilva, and abstract paintings by Roberta Alyward.

Inclusion among so many fine artists on such a prestigious stage means many people will be viewing Lloyd’s art.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - This table runner made by Marlene Lloyd of Wilsonville impressed jurors for the Artists Vision Exhibit at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts.

“I didn’t know I was the first non-painter,” Lloyd said. “More specifically the first fiber artist to be accepted to the show.”

Being part of the Artist’s Vision exhibit is a great way for Lloyd to follow through her breakthrough last year when her work was shown at the 2015 LOFOA. She believes her work will fit in well alongside the paintings because she takes a painter’s approach to her art.

“I go out of my way to make unique one-of-a-kind pieces,” Lloyd said. “My use of colors and textures creates a painterly quality. I am inspired by nature’s colors and I blend those beautiful colors for my weavings as painters do for their subject matter.”

Over the years Lloyd has seen her work more and more accepted as genuine art, in ways big and small. Like making a couple of hand-woven towels that were so beautiful the recipient opted to display them as art rather than use them in the kitchen. More prestigious recognition has come from her work being displayed and sold at major galleries in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest for the past seven years and receiving the Handweaver’s Guild of America Award — sort of like winning the Oscar for fabric artists. Along the way Lloyd keeps building up respect for her art.

“I am educating the public by entering juried exhibits of artists with a broad scope, submitting articles for publication and demonstrating to groups or individuals the weaving process,” Lloyd said. “Any opportunity I have to share my passion of fibers I do so.”

It doesn’t matter whether Lloyd is playing pinochle, doing yoga or at work she is ready to share her passion for weaving textiles. The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is a great platform for her message.

For more information about the 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts go to lakewood-center.org/pages/lakewood-Festival-Date-2016 .