On Friday, March 14, the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock will be hosting fiber works from artist Rose M. Wright, with writer Robert Anderson reading from his book The Cat, the Sun, and the Mirror. Illustrator of the book, Hanna Way Rawe, will also have artwork hanging. The show is titled R&R+H:Image/Word.
Wright’s passion for the arts took root in her childhood. “I learned how to embroider and sew from my grandmother when I was seven. While continuing to do both, I taught myself knitting and crocheting,” says Wright. “What amazes me about the tradition of making and handling cloth is that it encompasses a universal connectedness. Everything that I discover through these processes has been discovered many times before by many different hands, yet it always seems fresh and new and exciting.”
Wright’s art takes a twist on the traditional techniques commonly found in Northeastern Pennsylvania. “Rather than weaving or dyeing new fabric, I have been delving into my stash of remnants of my own weavings and surface designs and allowing them to ‘speak’ to me.”
Alongside Wright, Anderson will be reading from his book, The Cat, the Sun, and the Mirror, co-written with Edward Sullivan. The story is based on the Japanese myth of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. Rather than ancient Japan, the setting of Anderson’s story is an American “film-noir-type city” featuring a cat private eye named “Cool Cat.” Follow along as Anderson weaves a tale of intrigue and mystery on this detective journey to find the missing sun.
Accompanying the artists will be the music of Jason Smeltzer on theremin (an electronic musical instrument played by moving the hands in the electromagnetic fields), and Kathy Wang on guzheng (an ancient Chinese stringed instrument dating back to 475 BC). The opening reception runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.