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On View | 'Ordinary Wonders'

On View | 'Ordinary Wonders'

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Unexpected and unrepeatable wonders found in ordinary days are celebrated by Cynthia Reynolds in “Ordinary Wonders,” an exhibit on view in the second-floor gallery of Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St.

Created with fabric collage, digital fiber art and needle felting, Reynolds’ artwork invites viewers “to slow down and let the approachable nature of cloth remind you of the wonder all around.”

“Sometimes in the midst of ordinary days we have a moment. A flash of light or maybe even a lightning bolt,” said Reynolds’ press release. “We stop on our walk and look at a tree we passed countless times, but today the light is just right, the air has a sweet smell, children are laughing somewhere nearby and we get a little thrill because we know in that moment we are seeing an ordinary thing in a new way.”

Reynolds likes to work in layers and textures using canvas, remnants, paint and cloth that is vintage, found, new or repurposed. She says she uses layers as metaphor for all the beautiful complexity that makes up life and the human experience.

At age 10, Reynolds first learned needlework, and in college, she studied textile arts, fiber, and printmaking. Through outside classes and self-teaching, she continues to expand her skills and passion. One area that fascinates her is the use of textile art as a tool for healing. She has explored the subject in her training to become a spiritual director.

“I love the approachable and spiritual nature of cloth,” Reynolds said in her artist’s statement. “Clothing and tents, bedding and linens, bandages and tablecloths, swaddling and shrouds ... it all weaves through our lives and weaves us together from beginning to end.”

— Robyn Norton


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