Addelle Sanders
July 2017
Featured Artist

“A TRANSITION: Fiber in the 21st Century.”

On exhibit from July 1 – July 31

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Charleston Artist Guild Gallery from 5:00-8:00 pm. The gallery, located at 160 East Bay Street, is open daily from 11-6pm.

The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery announces Addelle Sanders as the Featured Artist for the month of July. Addelle is renown for brilliant and audacious fiber artworks created from textiles such as fabric, yarns, and various natural and synthetic fibers that are revolved into extraordinary piecesSanders’ latest works will be unveiled this month with the launch of this exhibit.

anders’ art career began 20 years ago when she created charms and fashion accessories using threads and skins as a hobby. The artwork evolved into a vibrant collection of unique works.  Sanders uses rich color palettes of silk threads and metallic cords to weave elaborate designs. She is a graduate of Benedict College in Columbia, SC and New York University with a Masters in Social Work. Sanders retired after almost 30 years of service from the US Veterans Administration to focus on her art. Sanders resides on James Island, SC.

“When thinking about the use of threads in the 21st century, I considered the use of fibers which originated from the earth. I decided to extend the format of my art to be more picturesque, as opposed to my previous exhibition format which was more like wearable art,” says Sanders. Based on that train of thought, Sanders latest works demonstrate the organic origin of the fiber and its relevance to our modern societal and political landscape. This includes recently sold works like Down River, which represents the employment of slave labor to promote the cotton industry and abet the rise of capitalism, and Holy City, which depicts the Emanuel 9 tragedy of 2015, a senseless hate crime that claimed the lives of nine unsuspecting victims attending an evening Bible study at a historical black church. Currently, Sanders is working on a new piece entitled The Community to be featured in this exhibit alongside other recent works. This piece consists of trees, grass, a church and five figures of men and women.

Sanders’ placed 2nd in the 2008 MOJA Juried Art Exhibition and 3rd in the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition. She was selected as a participant in the 2009-2010 South Carolina Palmetto Hands Traveling Exhibition.  Her artwork was also selected to be in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center in New York. Other achievements include recognition by The Ellis-Chambers Gallery, International Home Gallery, Terri Logan Gallery and Essence Music Festival.

Sales made at the gallery support the nonprofit Guild’s community outreach work. Please contact the gallery at 843.722.2425 with any inquiries.

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