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‘Local + Color’ opens at Guild

August 1, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - "Local + Color," an exhibit of new tapestries by Donna Foley,will open at the Adirondack Artists Guild with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

The show will run until Sept. 2.

Foley writes, "Two key elements in my work as a tapestry weaver have been the lustrous wool I get from my sheep and the natural dyes used for the coloring of this wool. Natural dyes or vegetal dyes are the colorants that have been used for thousands of years. It has only been in the last 130 years or so that synthetic dyes made in laboratories from coal tarand other petroleum products have come to the scene. Previous to this, plants, and in some cases insects or mollusks, have been the principal source of dyes. In this new exhibit of work, I have revisited my love of collecting local plants from woods, fields and bogs and combined their soft muted colors with the traditional bright colors from such natural dyes as indigo, madder root and cochineal."

The Adirondack Artists Guild is a cooperative retail art gallery representing a diverse group of regional artists residing and working in the Tri-Lakes area of the Adirondack Park.

The gallery is located at 52 Main St., Saranac Lake.

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