First Coast Cultural Center plans textile art exhibit


First Coast Cultural Center will host an exhibit for fiber artist Jessica Pinsky beginning with an artist opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 21 at 6000B Sawgrass Village Circle in Ponte Vedra Beach. The exhibit will continue through July 5.

Pinsky, based in Cleveland, Ohio, will share her hand-woven images representing a variety of themes, including memory, childbirth, the passage of time and motherhood in her visually expressive pieces. Her artwork bridges weaving, sculpture and painting.

As the executive director of Praxis Fiber Workshop, a community textile organization in Cleveland, and adjunct professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Pinsky leads programming for artists of all ages in traditional textile creations on the loom.

According to Donna Guzzo, First Coast Cultural Center’s executive director and CEO, the exhibit is free and open to the public with educational and cultural components for viewing and conversations with Pinsky on May 21.

“We welcome the public to enjoy the exhibit opening and reception,” Guzzo said. “The purpose of the event is to bring more understanding about textile arts and its positive impact in the creative community.”

First Coast Cultural Center’s new building is formally open with arts, culture, community activities and a gift shop. The center is a place to create, understand and experience the arts. The organization accomplishes its goals through exhibitions of local, regional and national artists in a variety of media through educational and enlivening events, quality arts classes, lectures and workshops.

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