Natural dyes are the subject of a new exhibition at Penland Gallery titled “Further Evidence: The Art of Natural Dyes.”

This exhibit will be on display through July 14, with an opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Penland Gallery in Mitchell County.

Curator Catharine Ellis explains that the recent interest in natural dyes has been inspired by the local food movement and by an interest in personal and environmental safety.

Ellis, a weaver and textile designer, co-authored a recent book with textile engineer Joy Boutrup titled The Art and Science of Natural Dyes. The Penland Gallery exhibition brings this book to life with innovative, colorful work in cloth, tapestry, and paper.

Many of the pieces incorporate various approaches to shaped-resist dying techniques that creates patterns after the cloth has been woven or patterns that are embedded in the individual threads before they are put on the loom.

There are other pieces that are running concurrently with the exhibit.

A series of wall pieces by artist Ana Lisa Hedstrom reveals geometric patterns in blue. The whole exhibition is a testament to the commitment this group of artists has to understanding and creating art with the colors of nature.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information call 828-765-6211 or visit

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