A look at fiber arts

The Flinn Gallery invites the public to view “9x9x3: Textile Study Group of New York,” a fiber arts exhibit featured at the gallery through Nov. 28.

The exhibit features a selection of 52 works of art — each designed to fit in a square wooden box, just nine inches wide by nine inches tall by three inches deep. The traveling show comes from The Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY), an organization dedicated to the appreciation of all aspects of the fiber arts.

Widely varied in their content and composition, the small scale of these works draws viewers in to focus on their individual stories, unique atmospheres and unusual structures. Each box is an intimate stage setting, each work revealing a truly singular experience. The techniques used include stitching, weaving, basketry and collage with an eclectic assortment of materials including wire, felt, beads, cut paper, lace, leather and feathers.

The artist-members of TSGNY are historians, teachers, critics, conservators, curators and writers. Their work is represented in public and private collections of, among others, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Library of Congress.

The juror of 9x9x3 is Janet Koplos, who has written about art for more than three decades. She is a contributing editor of Art in America, where she was senior editor for 18 years. The Flinn Gallery curators are Lillian Lum, Kelly Eberly, Gayle Baring and Sally Weinberg.

In addition to the works on view, viewers should make time to explore the display of books designed to accompany the show. Working with the library’s expansive collection, participating artists have shared some of their favorite books of art and inspiration.

Visit the Flinn Gallery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. A commission on works sold will support programs sponsored by the Friends of the Greenwich Library.

The 9x9x3 show is supported in part by a grant from Friends of Fiber Arts International.

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