(Santa Fe, N.M.) On Thursday, March 16, Sarah Nolan had the honor of speaking at “Fiber Art: Concept and Technique,” a panel discussion held at the New Mexico History Museum. Hosted by the New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the sold-out event offered attendees the chance to meet and learn from some of the state’s most talented fiber artists.
Founded to redefine traditional histories of art, NMWA is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The museum honors women artists of the past, promotes the accomplishments of women artists of the present, and assures the place of women artists in the future. NMWA currently has more than 20 outreach committees, including a New Mexico chapter, with more than 1,000 dedicated members throughout the United States and around the world.
Moderated by gallery owner, artist and collector Jane Sauer, the panel included beadwork artist Teri Greeves and jeweler Kay Khan in addition to Sarah Nolan. Each of the artists discussed their early lives and their inspirations before treating attendees to colorful slideshows of their best work.
Several attendees modeled the custom, hand-painted silk jackets for which Nolan is known. Her presentation, which included a history of her Mississippi childhood as well her foray into the corporate maze of New York City, concluded with an impromptu fashion show by those wearing the jackets.
Those fortunate enough to nab a ticket before the event sold out were also treated to a private shopping event held at Nolan’s Plaza Galeria store. Shoppers enjoyed sparkling water and canapes as they explored Nolan’s in-store studio and tried on a wide variety of colorful coats, vests and scarves.
“I left feeling enriched and inspired,” one attendee said.