Lynda Noe’s fibre arts on display at Gore Bay Museum

Manitoulin Island fibre artist Lynda Noe displays one of her works currently on display at the Gore Bay Museum.

GORE BAY—The Gore Bay Museum is currently home to the works of two gifted artists whose subjects are equally as fascinating. The fibre art works of local artist Lynda Noe titled ‘Past and Present,’ and an exhibition of photography of Purvis Fishery by photographer David Lewis is on display.

The colours are vibrant and creative and the works are poignant, telling the story of something in our lives that is or should be important.

“Your work is beautiful,” stated Judy Land, on reviewing the works of local fiber artist Lynda Noe at the opening of her show earlier this month, which will be on display until November.

“Fibre art can be made of fabrics, wood, and threads, basically anything fibre-related,” said Ms. Noe.

The show entitled ‘Natural Progression Fiber Art; Past and Present’ displays 14 stunning works. “They are made up of a variety of subjects including some retrospective and some that I did as far back as 2002 and come current pieces.” Her work ranges from landscapes, birds, a political statement on Afghanistan, 911, world peace, a graffiti-‘dirty wall’ piece, tree trunks, fish and others.

“I have been creating fibre art for about 20 years,” said Ms. Noe, who is a highly skilled quilter.

One of her stunning works in this show is of a beautiful colourful parrot taken from a picture noted local birder Terry Land photographed while on a trip to Costa Rica. “Sometimes I use pictures, sometimes part of photos, but for other pieces such as ‘Graffitti’ I make the whole thing up.”

Some of the more thought provoking pieces include ‘War in Afghanistan’ and ‘2010 What Have We Done?’ The latter piece had the message from the artist, “once the world was beautiful, perfect and pristine. Now we have plundered the natural resources and left giant scars in the landscape. All the garbage on this quilt was collected on my daily walks along the Poplar Road in a stunningly short period of time.”

This is Ms. Noe’s third show at the Gore Bay museum. “I am eternally grateful to Nicole Weppler (curator of the Gore Bay Museum) for asking me to display my art. I have never really had any ambition to show my art anywhere, but Nicole has encouraged me to present my works; she treats me very well. There are lots of artists around locally that could have their work shown at the museum. I really appreciate her support.”