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Gallery G: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

Fabric artistry of Julia Sermersheim

fills Gallery G at Manchester College

from the Earth Strata series by Julia Sermersheim

Julia Sermersheim transforms cloth, simply and expansively, into fiber and fabric art for a winter exhibition in Gallery G at Manchester College. The free show in the upper College Union on the North Manchester campus continues through March 27.

Julia Sermersheim: Impress/Impression is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 3 p.m. when classes are in session. Her works for this show range from landscapes to abstract works, from the humble to quite contemporary. Price sheets are available in Gallery G.

Sermersheim discovered her art passion in the early 1980s, crafting quilts with her mother. She would strategically arrange her leftover blocks of cloth on the wall, eventually creating a fiber wall piece. Today, the seasoned artist captures influence from nature, magazines, architecture and the fine arts.

My newest pieces incorporate some of the fabric I have recently hand-dyed,” says the Jasper, Ind., native. “These hand-dyed fabrics and other fabrics become a base for the newest process I have been experimenting with – silkscreen.”

Sites of her recent exhibitions include Kentucky Wesleyan University,  the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute. She is a recipient of the Phyllis Dye Turner Award of Distinction.

Sermersheim holds her bachelor’s and two master’s degrees in education, using her fabric artistry to help teach hearing-impaired students.

For more about Julia Sermersheim, visit For more about Gallery G and Link Gallery art exhibits at Manchester College and private showings of Sermersheim’s exhibit, please contact Ejenobo Oke, assistant professor of art, at or 260-982-5334.

December 2010

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