“Interlocking Threads” weaves through ARTWORKS for June Gallery Hop

“Interlocking Threads” featuring the artwork of Christie Wilfong, is one of the most unique shows that has ever been shown by the ARTWORKS around town gallery in it’s 15 year history. The gallery hop is on First Friday, June 6TH, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Christie Wilfong 1Wilfong’s fabric art work is an awesome display of the human tenacity of a determined artisan. As always, accompanying the Studio Gallery display of Wilfong’s fabric art, the North Gallery will feature the work of the Children’s Home of Wheeling. All gallery hop openings at ARTWORKS around town are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

As and additional attraction, the June opening will also include author Alan Fitzpatrick’s presentation and signing of his third and newest local history book, “PLACE OF THE SKULL.” Make sure you attend in order to get your very own signed copy!

Christie Wilfong, ARTWORKS around town’s June featured artist, has been involved in artistic endeavors since childhood. She is currently finishing her 15th quilt. This ARTWORKS show will be her first showing of nothing but her textile pieces, including quilts, jackets, wall hangings, scarves, and handbags.Wilfong 2

During her early childhood in Weston, West Virginia, Christie began imitating local artists, weavers, and glass artists. Weaving at an early age, Christie worked on a frame loom designed and built by her brother from a recycled window frame. Later, during her high school years, Christie trained as a dressmaker and upholsterer.

Then in 2001, a mild stroke occurred as the result of post radiotherapy syndrome from treatment for a brain tumor. Christie’s computer and mathematic studies at Glenville State College were interrupted by medical treatments. She then turned to quilting to retrain herself in her skills of sewing. Becoming an accomplished and skilled quilter, Christie’s “Grandma’s Quilt Pieces” was selected for display in the 2006 ROMPP show.

Although Christie has many craft skills, her first love is weaving. Her only formal training in weaving was spending a year weaving with Julia Bragg at the Heritage Craft Guild in Jackson’s Mill, West Virginia. Other than that, Christie is a self-taught quilter and weaver. Her specialty is creating traditional or “tabby” woven pieces, “paintings in fabric” using vivid colors and textures.

Wilfong 3A second stroke temporarily halted Christie from weaving on a large loom. That’s when the weaver became a teacher as well. Christie taught her mother Donna to weave the designs that she created for shows. Christie is constantly learning new techniques and investigating new media. Christie has since been able to resume her weaving with the help of a special bench, built by friends, for the large loom.

Between 2006 and 2010, Christie has exhibited her creations in over 30 different venues in West Virginia, including arts and craft fairs, galleries, and while giving special demonstrations. A dream of Christie’s was to have her own studio space to create her works of art. In 2012, that dream came true. Christie now has a newly built studio where she is able to weave, quilt, and live, in a space customized for her. As her mother and creative partner says, “Art is good therapy.” Christie Wilfong has created a marvelous, all textile show for the patrons of ARTWORKS, a unique and inventive display by a hard working inventive artisan.

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