Artlinks

We are a community of artists of all disciplines.  We aim to provide mutual support, share information, and present a collective voice for the arts in Arlington, MA. To find out more, contact co-organizers Lidia Kenig-Scher and Kimberly Harding at artlinksarlington1@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month, from noon to 2:30 in even months and from 6:30 to 9:00 in odd months. We meet in member’s homes & at local art venues, begin with 30 min. for networking around a bagged meal, then have a presentation or a show and tell, and a business meeting.

Our goals are to:

1.      Provide a social connection for artists who live, work or practice in Arlington through monthly meetings and other events.

2.      Enhance the artistic and cultural identity of Arlington through exhibits, performances, and participation in community events.

3.      Collaborate with municipal agencies, businesses, schools, libraries, and youth organizations to expand opportunities for artists in Arlington to meet the needs of the community.

4.      Seek professional development opportunities for artists to support their economic viability and expertise in business practices.

5.      Reach out to create collaborative works across different disciplines.

6.      Support the establishment of a space dedicated to artists’ needs, including exhibitions, rehearsals, performances, visual arts practice and meetings.

7.      Advocate for public funding for the arts.

> Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Kimberley Harding, Basketry and Fiber Artist
More Information:
kimberleyharding.org,  instagram.com/kimberleyaharding/

I make baskets and sculptures using basketry and fiber techniques. I started making baskets in 2015 and branched into sculptural work in 2017. I’ve been creating with fibers since I was a young child, beginning with sewing, crochet, and knitting. I’ve worked in a variety of techniques since then, including weaving, spinning, chemical and natural dyeing, shibori, and embroidery. It wasn’t until I discovered basketry that I considered working more seriously as an artist. Creating three-dimensional forms using fiber methods filled a need I didn’t know I had.

Being a tactile person, I enjoy the physical sensation of weaving, coiling, twining and plaiting, whether its painted paper strips, rattan, twine, yarn, or other materials. Mixing paint is a wondrous experience, something I’ve enjoyed for decades. The magic of two or three or more pigments coming together into a new hue is delightful.

I manifest these tactile qualities in the form of woven vessels. I love the diversity of shapes. I have focused on the traditional cathead basket form for my paper baskets. The basic shape of a cathead is defined, but how the curves undulate is up to me. I’ve been exploring more traditional materials for basket making over the last 18 months and find working with rattan to be particularly pleasing. It’s fun to extend my knowledge of dyeing to another medium.

When I finish a basket, I need to hold it. Vessels are special because of their ability to hold things – precious things, mundane things, sacred things, hopes, beauty, new life. I strive for a harmonious fusion of radiant color and sensuous form and I hope the person viewing my art will experience the same desire to hold it as I do.

My sculptural work is experimental at this stage. I’m discovering different ways to make shapes and add color using a variety of materials. Who know what I’ll come up with next …