Thunder Bay Arts Council and the TBAC Gallery present Kati Reeder Meek as artist in-residence for the month of March.
An open house in Meek's honor will be held Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the TBAC Gallery, located at 127 W. Chisholm. Meek will demonstrate her weaving techniques for those attending the open house. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Meek's interest in handweaving began in 1969, and she was soon appointed to the NEA Artists-in-the-Schools program in Ohio where she established a weaving and pottery studio and began a weekly newspaper column. She has been researching, weaving and reporting on Lithuanian handweaving techniques since 1983 and ventured into tartan weaving because of her husband's (and her own) Scottish heritage.
One of the patterns Meek designed, based on the natural beauty of Michigan, has been approved as the official State of Michigan tartan. She has written two books on both Lithuanian and tartan weaving and has been featured in many magazines and local newspapers.
Over the years, Meek has researched textiles in Scotland, Lithuania, Italy and Australia, and has lectured and conducted workshops all across the country.
Meek's month-long residency at the TBAC Gallery is a precursor to a textile-related program coming up April 11 at Alpena Community College. ACC's Global Awareness initiative is bringing Shanna Robinson, an instructor of art at North Central Michigan College, to Alpena for a program on rejuvenating textiles in art and industry.
The ACC program also will focus on Alpena's own textile heritage as home to the Alpena Garment Company and include exhibit materials from the collections of the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.
For more information about Meek's open house or the artist, contact the TBAC office at 356-6678.