Vallorie Henderson Cloth Art on Exhibit

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Photo of Vallorie Henderson and Sandra Welleford
Artist Vallorie Henderson, left, works with Sandra Welleford, a UK Donovan Scholars, to dip rovings of Merino sheep wool into dye to create art.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2004) -- An exhibit of dyed cloth artwork known as “Nuno,” a Japanese style of dying felt and wool cloth, by artist Vallorie Henderson is on exhibit in the Tuska Gallery of Contemporary Art in the College of Fine Arts Building until Oct. 22.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, is part of a series of exhibits in the 2004-2005 Visiting Artist Series sponsored by the UK Department of Art. Henderson will give a free public lecture about her artwork at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in 118 White Hall Classroom Building. A reception at the close of the exhibit is set for 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Henderson serves as special projects coordinator with the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, a division of the Kentucky Arts Council in Frankfort. She has been working with students of UK art professor Arturo Sandoval as a part of her exhibit at UK.

A graduate of Berea College, Henderson said she was a weaver at the college and learned to dye wool there. Her work involves dipping rovings of wool from Merino sheep – a “flighty breed” of sheep – into vats of colored dyes. She has a master’s degree in fine arts in fibers from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

“I always knew I would be an artist,” Henderson said. She attributes some of her early interest in art to her maternal grandmother, a native Cherokee Indian, who was a basket weaver for most of her life on a reservation in North Carolina

Henderson also received a grant from the Brown-Forman company in Louisville to study Nuno art with Nuno artist Chad Hagen at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, Minn. Her work is represented in several private collections including the Brown Forman firm and PNC Bank.

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