A Celebration of Fibers and Fabric

In 2022 OCAC is sponsoring  “A Celebration of Fibers and Fabric!”  The year will be filled with exhibits, events, classes, and demonstrations that will educate and wow all who participate!

4 Juried Exhibits Planned
in 2022!

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Call To Fiber Artists!  
An opportunity to share your creative
talents in the following exhibits!

Entry fees will be $10 per item or $25 to enter up to 3 items PER EXHIBIT and will include a 1 year OCAC membership. You do not need to be an Ontario County resident to be a member or to participate in these or any Arts Council Exhibits. Submissions are free for current Ontario County Arts Council members. Check back here for additional information on how to participate! 

Coral Reef Exhibit

April — September 2022

Download links for free CROCHET & KNIT Patterns to help build the planned Coral Reef!


Opening April 2, 2022, a fiber coral reef at the Ontario County Historical Society will be created under the inspired leadership  of Judi Cermak, who is calling for the involvement of fiber artists in this project. The reef will be be on exhibit for 6 months! Email Judi Cermak at ocartsny@gmail.com if you're interested in joining her!

Materials Exhibit

April — June 2022


Opening April 2, 2022, this exhibit will feature art quilts, batik, silk painting, painting with fabrics, collage, soft sculpture, and surface design. Maximum size limit: 30 x 30-inches. Submission date: March 19, 2022.

Fibers Exhibit

July — September 2022

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Opening July 9, 2022, this exhibit will feature felting, weaving, rug hooking, crocheting, basketry, macrame, knitting, lacemaking, embroidery, and thread painting. Submission date: June 29, 2022.

Wearables & Accessories Exhibit

October — December 2022


Opening October 1, 2022, this exhibit will feature jackets, scarves, shawls, skirts, dresses, pants, hats, gloves, purses/totes, fiber jewelry, and upcycled wearables. 
Submission date: September 17, 2022.

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair 


On March 29, 2021, Joyce Kowba, an Arts Council board member, reviewed and shared highlights from the book, "The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History" by Kassia St. Clair in Wood Library's Books Sandwiched In Program. (Read a brief summary of the book on Goodreads and local library catalog, OWWL.)

Judi Cermak, OCAC president, highly recommends the book as an enlightening read that will increase your knowledge and understanding of fibers and fabrics and their place in human history.

The most frequent critique of the book in the Amazon reviews is that there are no illustrations. So... we have created a companion resource of pictures (with corresponding page numbers) for readers to refer to as they are reading the book. We hope that this will add to your reading pleasure! Download it here!