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Library receives gift of art

City Parks (detail) by Angelika Werth.

The Nelson Public Library has received the gift of a beautiful quilted fibre work donated by the artist.

The early work by visual artist and former Nelson cultural ambassador Angelika Werth, entitled City Parks, now hangs in the Library’s bright, spacious stairwell. Flowers, shrubs, and houses climb a hillside against a textured sky in this large hanging constructed of silk and mixed fibres.

After working for Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, France and receiving a degree as Master dress-maker-designer, Werth immigrated to Australia, then to Canada.

Her multiple solo exhibitions include her Waistcoat/Wastecoats exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton in 2006, and the Brassiere Series at the Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver in 1997.

She participated in invitational and curated group exhibitions in Canada, France, Japan, England and the United States. Her pieces have been accepted into over 30 juried exhibitions.  

Werth is a recipient of the 2008 B.C. Creative Achievement Award. Her work can be found in permanent public collections worldwide, including BC Provincial Collection, the Community

Hospital Collection in Monterey, California, the Cambridge Art Gallery in Cambridge, Ontario and Shuzenji City Hall in Japan, in addition to numerous public commissions.

Most of Werth’s current work is hand-felted and constructed, and smaller works may be seen locally at the Craft Connection.

Angelika Werth is an instructor in the Fibre Department at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson. She also teaches workshops across BC related to fashion, furniture and wearable art.

The Nelson Library is delighted and honoured to accept Angelika’s work for permanent exhibition.