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An elegant array of colors, textures and materials welcomes visitors to the California Fibers art exhibition at Soka University in Aliso Viejo.

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Tapestry and loom weaving, embroidery, quilting, knotless netting and basketry adorn two floors of the Founders Hall Art Gallery. Basketry techniques include coiling, twining, and random weave with date palm, pine needles, caning and wire.

The 66-piece exhibition includes artwork by all 22 members of California Fibers, providing a delightful glimpse into the world of fiber arts.

Kevin Wallace, director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, juried the exhibit. He described the materials and processes as bringing to mind “our childhood homes and walks in nature.”

“I couldn’t have dreamt up a more wonderful experience of contemporary fiber art than I was presented with as a juror,” Wallace said.

Polly Giacchina, chairperson for California Fibers exhibitions, said, “California Fibers is an inspired group of individual professional artists that, when exhibiting together, embodies the beauty and diversity of the contemporary fiber art movement.”

Founded in 1970, California Fibers supports artistic growth and professional advancement for contemporary Southern California fiber artists. The group has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. Many members are well-represented in museums and private collections and are recipients of prestigious awards.

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California Fibers will be exhibited in the Soka University Founders Hall Art Gallery through May 8, 2014. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to the public.

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