Durango's Ilze Aviks is the first featured artist for 2010 in the Durango Arts Center's Friends of the Art Library
Aviks' Cosmos Series," a collection of themed mixed-media fiber works, will hang in the library through February.
Aviks has maintained a Durango studio for 30 years and taught at several institutions nationwide, including Fort Lewis
The works in the Cosmos Series" represent what Aviks sees as the tension between perception and reality, and each
piece begins with an untouched circle. From there, Aviks imposes change - just like real life.
The circle represents perfection, as well as a view of the cosmos. When life events spoil that perfection, there is
tension," Aviks wrote of her latest series.
Aviks will hold a two-day workshop on mixed-media markmaking Feb. 20-21 in the Art Library, as well as a free
lecture about her method Feb. 19.