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Local artist breaks the rules in new exhibit


Brockville, ON – St. Lawrence College is pleased to present “Innovation in Fibre – Breaking the Rules”, an exhibit at the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery on the Brockville Campus from September 14 to October 27, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Friday, September 14, from 5:00-7:00 pm.

This exhibit explores Catharina Breedyk Law’s journey as a fibre artist. She was born in Holland where she learned early needlework skills in school, a tradition that her mother continued once they moved to Canada. Catharina explored her interest in art, taking classes in various art mediums whenever she could. In the early 1990s, Catharina began quilting, adding new skills to her repertoire. She soon moved on from traditional quilting to incorporating a variety of fibre art techniques. Her in-depth knowledge of dressmaking and other needlework skills allows her to break the rules of traditional quilt making, exploring free motion sewing and abstract with spectacular results.

The sculptural texture of quilting gives her pieces great depth and interest. Free-motion embroidery, where she uses her sewing machine needle as a drawing tool, is a favourite quilting method. Beyond that, she continues to experiment. The options are endless: painting or silk-screening her own fabric; incorporating washers from the hardware store; bobbin work; creating texture with yarn; stenciling; beading. All of these techniques can be seen in the “Madonna” series.

To view more of the artist Catharina Breedyk Law’s work, visit

Concurrently on exhibit in the Foyer Gallery is a collection of the best creations of an eclectic group of artisans from the Ottawa Valley. Included in this group are two potters, Ginette Brown and Jennifer Kelly; a wood turner, Jean-Gilles Francoeur; two lampwork glass bead artists, Grace Edwards and Jocelyn Weidenhaupt, a silversmith; a pair of felt and silk weavers, Dinara and Begaim; an Ukranian egg crafter, Myrosia Humeniuk, who uses both traditional and contemporary designs; a doll maker, (Nancy Leigh-Smith; and a metal clay artisan, Virginia Ross.


About the Gallery
The Marianne van Silfhout Gallery is a state-of-the-art community art gallery located at the front atrium of the Brockville campus of St. Lawrence College and is a focus for the visual arts for Brockville and the larger Eastern Ontario area. Creation of the gallery was made possible by the generous bequest from the Estate of Marianne van Silfhout, a graduate of the Fine Art program at St. Lawrence College, and other contributors to the St. Lawrence Foundation.

About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Denise Wing
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