September 21, 2016

SEDALIA—An exhibition of artwork by two fiber artists who repurpose found fabric in their compositions will open at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the State Fair Community College Sedalia campus. The exhibit will remain on view through Dec. 20.

Donna Sharrett and Debra Smith employ an eclectic and intricately technical practice that bridges the divide between crafts and fine art. Both artists repurpose found fabric, which is painstakingly cut and stitched together to form compatible, yet distinct, bodies of work for their compositions.

Sharrett, based in New York City, combines sculpture, craft techniques and nontraditional materials to create detailed objects that draw on the historical and symbolic significance of the circular form. She incorporates rose petals, synthetic hair and rings as well as old neckties, denim and other scrap fabric, buttons, jewelry, and dirt. The materials are chosen specifically for their symbolic values.

Smith, who maintains a studio in Kansas City, creates her compositions from a palette of already-dyed textiles that she cuts into geometric shapes, manipulating a limited range of colors and patterns within a planar grid. Her artwork involves stitching together and overlapping silk fabric derived from Japanese kimonos, suit linings and neckties with connections to other cultures and times.

Sharrett will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 6, and Smith will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in the museum. The public is

Financial assistance for “The Thread You Follow” has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Additional support comes from Barbara Schrader, season underwriter; Mr. and Mrs. James O. Cooney, exhibition sponsors; Joseph Fischer and Gloria Angel, exhibition sponsors; and Sylvia L. Thompson, exhibition sponsor. All programs are supported by SFCC and members of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.

Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (660) 530-5888 or visit

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