Gallery manager’s tapestries take center stage at Town Hall Theater

“Composition with Barns”
by Elinor Steele

Forty years of dedication to the art of hand-woven tapestry goes on display this weekend at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.

An exhibit of work by Vermont weaver Elinor Steele Friml will include works from several of her series, including abstract and impressionistic images, landscapes, and geometric compositions.

With creative interests in music and theater as well as art, Friml is an active member of the Middlebury arts scene where she manages the Jackson Gallery and Town Hall Theater Box Office and is scenic artist for the Opera Company of Middlebury.

She combines a vibrant color and composition with meticulous craftsmanship to create her tapestries.

Working from a small scale printed color drawing and a full sized “cartoon” or line pattern she interprets her designs while weaving by hand on a high-warp loom using traditional tapestry techniques. Combining several strands from a large palette of wool yarns to achieve the desired colors and gradients, she takes full advantage of the rich tone and texture that are inherent in the medium.

An award-winning artist, she has been represented in national and international exhibitions. She studied fine art at the University of New Hampshire and tapestry at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

Tapestries will be on exhibit from Saturday through March 31, with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 16 from 5-7 p.m.

Jackson Gallery, 68 South Pleasant St., Middlebury. Information: 382-9222 or townhalltheater.org.

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