Middletown, NJ - Fiber artist Mary Ann Russo will present  her demonstration From Inspiration to Improvisation at the Monmouth Festival of the Arts on Wednesday, April 13th at 10:00AM. Using dye, paint, found objects, and hand- made tools, Mrs. Russo will show processes for surface design, creating layers of depth and texture on fabric.  Her techniques will interest both fiber and paper artists.  She will also discuss how artists can inexpensively make their own tools.

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Fabric Art by Mary Ann Russo

Mrs. Russo uses a variety of surprising materials like snow, ice, and heat to achieve brilliant color, texture, and unique surface design on natural and synthetic textiles. Her fiber art has been displayed at the Monmouth Festival of the Arts, the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, Poricy Park in Middletown, The Middletown Library, Monmouth University, and national quilt shows. Ms. Russo is a member of The Surface Design Association, Textile Study Group of NY, Shore Fiber Arts Guild, Rebecca’s Real Quilt Guild and The Art Alliance in Red Bank.

The annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts is held at Monmouth Reform Temple on Hance Avenue in Tinton Falls.  The festival begins April 9, with a gala reception from 7:30 to 10:30 PM.  It continues April 10, from 12:00 noon to 8:30 PM; April 11 and 12 from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM; and April 13 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  For more information, visit http://monmouthfestivalofthearts.com or call 732-747-8278.