Scholars & Scones: Abstract Evolvement: The Fiber Arts of Ineke Thomas
Join artist Ineke Thomas as she discusses the evolution of her art. Years of quilt-making allowed Thomas to “look at fibers in new ways as [she] began constructing abstract fiber and mixed media art.” She chooses found objects with intention and mixes them with a variety of additional media, including metals, pottery pieces, cardboard, feathers, buttons, small pebbles, rusted items, among others. The talk is designed to complement the contemporaneous exhibit of her work in the Community Meeting Room.
The talk will be accompanied by locally roasted coffee from Hatchet Coffee Company and locally baked goods!
Ineke Thomas was born in Holland and moved to a rubber and oil palm plantation on the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia. She lived there until the age of 12 when she returned to Holland. A pen pal relationship that began in 1962 brought her to North Carolina in 1964 where she met her husband, Lowell, of almost 50 years. Thomas is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a BA in German/Education, a BA in French/Education, and an MA in French/Education at Appalachian State University. She continues to teach French at Watauga High School as a substitute teacher.
Thomas participated in her first exhibition in 2011 when one of her works was selected for a juried exhibition in the Halpert Biennial Competition at the Turchin Center in Boone, NC. Since then, Thomas has participated in the Blowing Rock Historical Society’s Artists at Edgewood 2011 exhibition, which permits local artists to exhibit and sell their works over a week-long show. Thomas lives in Blowing Rock. She has two adult daughters, Anja and Chelsea.