Program Premieres Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. on CPTV and Encores Sunday, June 25 at 4 p.m. on CPTV and Thursday, July 6 at 8 p.m. on CPTV Sports
Hartford, CONN., June 5, 2017 – On Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m., Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will premiere Missy Stevens, The Spirit and Technique of Painting with Thread, a documentary about nationally acclaimed fiber artist and Connecticut resident Missy Stevens. The film will encore on CPTV on Sunday, June 25 at 4 p.m. and on CPTV Sports on Thursday, July 6 at 8 p.m. It is produced and directed by Rusty Dyer of DigiDyer Productions in Litchfield, Conn.
“I’m fascinated by these thread paintings – the color, the size, and the stories they tell,” commented Dyer. “There’s something mysterious about the way each piece invites me to look closer. I wanted to learn, not only about how she makes them, but why. So in this film you get to hear Missy talk about the source of her inspiration.”
Stevens’ thread paintings are one-of- a-kind embroideries known for their rich color and playful spirit. In the film, she explains her discovery of the punch-needle and its use in fine art. Going beyond technique, the film reveals how her spiritual journey creates inspired imagery, connection to nature, and a sense of purpose.
“I fell in love with the beautiful stitching the punch-needle produces and fell down the wondrous rabbit hole of shamanism all in the same year, 27 years ago,” said Stevens. “As each pursuit fed the other, my art and spirit blossomed.”
Stevens’ thread paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Conn.; the St. Louis Art Museum in St. Louis, Mo.; the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh, Pa.; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received an individual artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Craftsmen Choice Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2001.
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