Inspiration & Creativity

Art offers us the opportunity to look at our world in new ways. Through the manipulation of materials and processes, the artist condenses her observations of the world into forms that embody emotions, ask questions and offer reflections. Unraveling the complex web of form and content that comprises any particular work reveals cognitive leaps, intuitive insights and a particular sensitivity to the artist’s chosen medium. But beyond any analysis lies a power, or presence, that defies explanation. This is the stuff of inspiration and creativity. The seemingly magical transformation of ordinary materials into extraordinary objects. Read the accompanying essay Inspiration & Creativity to learn more about the work included in the exhibition.

Curator’s Biography

Mary Lane is an artist and art historian. She began weaving tapestry in 1976 and in 1982 became a founding member of the Scheuer Tapestry Studio in New York City. Lane’s tapestries have been published and exhibited internationally and have been collected by both private and corporate art collections, including the IBM Corporation, the State of Maine, the City of Seattle, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Northland Investment Corporation, and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Lane’s writing on contemporary textiles has been published widely. Lane’s teaching experience includes Parsons School of Design, the University of Maine and The Evergreen State College. Lane recently retired from the American Tapestry Alliance as the Executive Director.