By Dave Warner

The Fiber Art Showcase opening reception was last Friday night, and the full event was on Saturday and Sunday. It showcased local textile makers and their wares at Main Street Mercantile.

John Ossowski, with the Friends of Fiber Art group, stated, “All of this is a group effort. The opening reception idea came up at one of our planning meetings, and I thought, ‘Art Shows generally have a night-before sneak peek, so we should emulate that and do our own version of it.'”

He said that Alexandra Tamburro had been a real trooper in putting it all together in her store. “The artists that showed up are fantastic. We really have a lot of talent in our area.”

The event ran through the weekend. “This is people’s art. I think that fiber art is very accessible to folks who don’t have a lot of money. It’s always been that way. What would your life be like without fabric or textiles? You’d be naked, you wouldn’t have any upholstery on your seats, and you wouldn’t have carpet. All the little things that you really don’t think about,” Ossowski said.

Alexandra Tamburro said, “John approached me a while back, and it’s really evolved since then. They had their meeting here one day and wanted to pick my brain about a yarn popup, which they did during Christmas in Little Falls.”

When asked if they could use her store for this event, she said, “Yes, let’s absolutely do it.”

Since then, they have been meeting and putting together the plan for the showcase. “The yarn pop-ups have been so successful the times that we’ve done them,” she stated.

“I think I’ve had traffic similar to what I get during the Cheese Festival with these events. I think a big part of that is having the Christmas in Little Falls event and the pop-up events with vendors in the shop.”

Tamburro believes that fiber art has been resurging in general. “Back in the day, it was just considered a hobby or women’s work. Now, it has grown to be art with intricate designs. John, JoAnne, and Mary really wanted to showcase that, and I have the space for it, so it was really a no-brainer.”

She said that she thinks some of them don’t consider themselves artists, “But, to me, they are. Some of these pieces take years to make, and so much of your life goes into them that they should be celebrated.”