Works of art ‘Spoken In Thread’

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Fabric is the canvas, needle and thread are the tools used to create rich, detailed, three-dimensional pieces of art now on exhibit at the Indian River County Courthouse through March 30.

Spoken In Thread” is the title of the show displaying works by artists and sisters, Sheila McAvoy and Yvonne Steere. The traditional techniques of quilting and sewing are a family legacy. They have taken that folk art style to the next level, creating stunning works of depth and texture.

“It was only a matter of evolution that we would express our creative process in similar ways using fabric and fibers,” said McAvoy, who enjoys adding reflective elements in her work to interact with the environmental light. Textures and forms keep her work abstract and full of interesting detail.

Yvonne Steere’s Steps To A Higher View

Steere, meanwhile, quilts landscapes that delight the viewer with soothing palettes and scenes from her ancestral roots in Ireland. “The process of my creative work is not unlike that of a painter, only materials utilized are fabrics and threads. Occasionally, fabric will be raised by a method called trapunto, also known as ‘stuffed work,’” Steere said.

The IRC Courthouse is one of four venues for the Art in Public Places initiative of the Cultural Council of Indian River County. The other venues are the IRC Administration Buildings A and B, the Intergenerational Recreation Center and the Vero Beach Municipal Airport. New shows are rotated regularly every three to four months.

The Cultural Council of Indian River County, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, promotes visual, literary and performing arts through education, collaboration, marketing and advocacy to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. For more information visit or phone 772-770-4857.

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