2007 Library News

Student Exhibit, “Weaving Together,” Featured at Midwest City Library

Weaving is an ancient art but it is still alive at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno.

Students from the Weaving Studio at the City Arts Center at Fair Park in Oklahoma City are displaying their work in the gallery at the Midwest City Library throughout the month of May. The Exhibit is called “Weaving Together” and it features the work of students Tom Galbraith, Jewel Cowan, Debbie Baker, Terry Bradford, Sherri Dudeck, Terri Meeks, Mary West, Joan Galbraith, and Nancy Peterson and provides an excellent overview of handweaving techniques. Shawls, purses, a tailored jacket, placemats, rugs, a handspun/handwoven coverlet, a baby blanket, and a “cocoon” jacket are only a few of the decorative and practical items handwoven by the students.

“We are pleased and excited to be able to display these fabulous items,” said Midwest City librarian Linda Temple.  “After looking at them, a lot of people are going to want to learn how to weave.”

Weaving classes at the City Arts Center range from beginning instruction to MLS / Student Weaving Exhibit at Midwest City Library advanced/independent study. The instructor, Elia Woods, began her weaving career in the early 1980s with a homemade cardboard box and dowel loom. She specializes in combining hand dyeing with weaving, and enjoys searching for weave structures that best complement hand dyed yarns. She has taught a wide variety of fiber related classes to both children and adults, and her work has been shown in numerous local and national exhibits.

For information about weaving classes call the City Arts Center, 951-0000. To view the gallery exhibit, visit the Midwest City Library at 8143 E. Reno in Midwest City, or call 732-4828 for more information. The exhibit will continue until May 31.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org