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Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library Features "Retric" Showing by Fiber and Mixed Media Artist Margaret Gregg

April 28, 2014

“My art is my journey. My journey is my art. I experiment with various techniques to liven up the process of concept and design. There’s always more to learn and it’s all about the relationships—cosmic, communal, ecological and more. The journey hopefully goes into question and presence about how we all are here and now. I like to work with remnants because they carry stories. I am often inspired by the transformation which takes place in the cloth, used and new. Art, like life, is significantly about relationships—a never ending journey which allows me to weave, piece, print, and layer the fiber of life into art.” With these words artist Margaret Gregg describes her fiber and mixed media works that have drawn award-winning regional and national attention. Gregg will be displaying many her exceptional pieces in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery at the Bristol Public Library from May 2 to June 28, 2014. Titled “Retric,” which is the combining of the words “retro” and “eclectic,” the exhibition will bring to the Fleenor Gallery some different aspects of artistic expression.

Margaret Gregg received her Bachelor of Science degree for the College of St. St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1964 and her Master of Arts degree from Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School for Social Change in Plainfield, Vermont, in 1972. She subsequently attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada, and she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from East Tennessee State University in 1992. Ms. Gregg has worked as a studio artist, a faculty member of the Lithuanian Institute of Art in Vilnius and at East Tennessee State. She has also been a graphic artist for the leadership Initiative on Cancer and in various capacities with the Federation of Communities in Service (FOCIS). Her artistic awards include Best in Show at both the TACA Fall Fair in Nashville, and the Azalea Festival Juried Master Craft Show in Wilmington, North Carolina. Ms. Gregg directed Mill ‘n Creek Art Place in Limestone, Tennessee, and after a year’s sabbatical in Chicago is now at home in Abingdon, Virginia.

Vibrant with energy and an obvious joy in the world around her, Margaret Gregg has found a way to combine a multi-media background into riveting art that touches people hearts and minds. When asked about her use and influence of media, she says, “Over the years, I’ve worked in theatre, film and video, painting, silk screen printing, sculpture, textile constructions, mixed media, installations, layout and design. Each of these experiences opens up new areas of exploration. Sculpture, silk screen, and textile construction influenced theatre projects. Layout and design influenced film and video. Each media awakened limits that provoked me to seek help and technical support and be more inventive.”

Some of Margaret Gregg’s unique pieces of art hang in local libraries and visitor’s centers. Others hang in such varied venues as the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Salem Church in Limestone, TN., the Save Our Mountains Center in Jacksboro, TN., the Abingdon Center in Abingdon, VA., and Christ Church in Big Stone Gap.

“I like to play with making connections between concept, craft (technique), and conversation. I work with remnants, with leftovers. Isn’t that how the best recipes come about?