Searsport artist Sandi Cirillo is the Artist of the Month for September at Camden Public Library. There will be an opening reception for the artist Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m., to which all are welcome. Cirillo’s exhibit, “Fiber Fantasy,” offers an experience in tactile imagery and contrasts.

“I find the fiber arts to be compelling and completely absorbing,” she said.

Cirillo is a retired art educator and has her own studio, where she offers many different types of workshops to the public. She also teaches drawing and fiber classes at Senior College in Belfast. Cirillo said visitors will see the influence of her travels reflected in her work. Many of the pieces have a water-inspired theme, as she travels the coast of Maine capturing what she sees through drawings, photography and fiber. A love of nature is quite evident in her work.

Cirillo said she calls her pieces fiberscapes — some quite representational and others very abstract, but all filled with tactile imagery as she explores three dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface. She uses natural and manmade fibers and incorporates other materials she has collected.

“Materials that have a special meaning to me are also included in my work. I feel fiber art is indeed an art form worthy of notice, collectability and appreciation by everyone,” she said.

Cirillo is currently working on a series of silkscapes, which combine her love of black and white photography with tactile imagery printed on silk fabric. Her work is exhibited locally, nationally and is in many private collections.

The artist teaches a variety of workshops in New York, Vermont, Maine, and North Carolina. She has been felting for more than 25 years and has traveled all over New England and North Carolina, sharing her expertise in the fiber arts. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Alfred University and Nazareth College in New York State.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.