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Fiber Artist Martha Opdahl Presents Exhibition June 2-3 at DePauw

May 22, 2000

May 22, 2000, Greencastle, Ind. - Greencastle resident and nationally known fiber artist Martha Donovan Opdahl brings her tufted wool rugs and tapestries to DePauw University's Emison Art Center Gallery on June 2-3 for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2000.

"ON LINE: Tapestries and Rugs by Martha Donovan Opdahl" will be on display from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3. The artist will be at the gallery from 10 a.m. - noon each day to greet visitors.

The exhibition recognizes Opdahl, who was DePauw's art gallery director and university curator from 1987-1998. This program is presented in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. All events are free and open to the public.

Opdahl's textiles are made with wool that she dyes by hand before incorporating the fibers into one of her rugs or wall hangings using an industrial punch gun. Her emphasis is on lines like a drawing and on the movement and energy created 60692through a variety of lines and essentially geometric forms. Incorporating visual influences of Japanese, African and South American cultures, Opdahl creates her own blend of patterns in a style uniquely her own.

Opdahl has exhibited her textiles all over the United States in more than 18 one-and-two person shows and numerous group exhibitions. This year her art work, "Abrash Series #1," was exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's "In Indiana" gallery. She also exhibited at the University of Indianapolis in 1999. Opdahl has received four Individual Artist awards from the Indiana Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts and is represented by six galleries (locally at The Gallery in Bloomington, Ind.). Her art work appeared in the book Contemporary Hooked Rugs by Gloria Crouse (1990) and also has been the subject of articles in Arts Indiana magazine and many other publications. Her textiles are also in several private, public and corporate collections.

In 1998 Opahl retired from her position at DePauw to concentrate on creating her textiles full-time. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. She also received her Master of Arts in Latin America Studies from Indiana University.

The Emison Art Center Gallery is located at 309 S. College Avenue, Greencastle, Ind. Call (765) 658-4345 for further information.

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