Tony Bible to present WEAVOLUTION

| September 4, 2014

COSHOCTON – Tony Bible, long time weaver and a lifelong resident of Coshocton County will share his work with his home community Sept. 7 – Oct. 25 at the Pomerene Center for the Arts.  The opening party for Tony’s exhibit WEAVOLUTION is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7.

Bible’s history with weaving started in 1993 at the Longaberger Company where he worked briefly as a weaver, passed through a variety of positions into basket research as a project coordinator and finally, after 17 years, ended his career with the company as a product designer in the concept studio. A basket with a special weave he designed sits in The National Red Cross Museum, Washington, D.C. His name is on eight patents.

After his job with Longaberger ended in 2009, Bible had a couple of tough years trying to find work and new direction. In 2012 he was accepted on scholarship into the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts and a Certificate of College Art Instruction in the spring of 2014. While in Columbus, he won grand prize in the Columbus Museum of Art 2012 Let’s go LEGO community competition. Late last month his work was accepted into an international exhibition called Fibremen 4.

It’s interesting to hear what he has to say about his evolution from industrial designer and weaver to artist. He does not see so much as a step up but rather as a step in. He works on a larger scale now…he works with nonconventional materials. But more profoundly, it used to be – I have this “thing” I want to make. What materials will be suitable? Versus now – I’m interested in weaving with these materials I wonder what will happen? As a craftsman he is very tight and controlling, a real perfectionist- as an artist, he had to learn to let go. He feels a deeper connection to materials.

In addition to sharing his art with the community, Bible will also be sharing his know-how.  Sign up for one or all three of his workshops

The Pomerene Center for the Arts is located on the corner of Third and Mulberry streets in Coshocton. The center is free and open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For information, call 622-0326, e-mail [email protected] or visit The Pomerene Center works to keep life interesting through creativity and arts innovation.


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