Sochor’s ‘Threads’ at Kramer Gallery

Nov 07, 2017
“Repair” is an oil on canvas by Lesia Sochor.

Belfast — Local artist Lesia Sochor is exhibiting a selection of works from her “Threads” series in the Kramer Gallery of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The exhibit is in conjunction with sewing classes for children that are being held at the library, as the common thread of sewing unites all the paintings.

The “Threads” series began with depictions of spools of thread and evolved into women's bodices and mannequins. Sochor’s latest work portrays attired women painted in thin transparent oils on collaged sewing pattern paper. The images comment on the beauty, power and art of fashion, the demise of handcrafted clothing, the enormity of the garment industry and raise the question of “where are our clothes made?”

Sochor believes that despite technology, there is a yearning for tactile process. At one time, a needle was a woman's most prized possession.

Born in Philadelphia to Ukrainian immigrant parents, Sochor graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1974 with a degree in fine art. Six years later she moved to Brooks, where she lives at the end of a dirt road with her husband, John, a woodworker. Together they garden, build stonewalls, make dandelion wine and run a small hydroelectric station.

The Kramer Gallery is located on the ground floor of the library. “Threads” will be on display through Dec. 4. For more information about the sewing classes for children, visit belfastlibrary.org/kids or call 338-3884, ext. 26.

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

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