It started when a grown daughter living in an exotic far away country crafted a wooden fish...
by David Miller
Loveland, Ohio -Artist, Anne-Marie Herrera, living in Venezuela at the time, sent the image of a wooden fish she created to her mother via the Internet. Gun-Marie Nalsen who is a fiber artist at the Loveland Artists Studios on Main, then showed the photo to fellow “hooker” Sue Meyers who said, “I want to do one too.”
Motivated to send a fish back to her daughter, so did Gun-Marie.
The “Fish Challenge” was on. Since size matters when it comes to fish... the only criteria the
women decided on was; all the fish had to be the same size as the one Gun-Marie’s motherly creative impulse spawned. It was made from fiber.
Gun-Marie kept the challenge a secret from Anne-Marie though, until her fish was completed, and returned a fish, via the Internet.
A large brood has spawned.
Shop at the Fish Market
More than 25 of the fish will be showcased on the main gallery wall at the Loveland Artists Studios on Main on September 8. The 2nd Saturday Art Sale and Open Studios happens, well... the 2nd Saturday of each month throughout the year; from 6 until 10 PM. The gallery is at 529 Main Street near the Loveland Post Office.
Each Wednesday, fiber artists gather in Gunn-Marie and Teresa Nieberding’s studio to share techniques, eat lunch, and some... hook fiber - and now fish. Teresa said, “We decided we would challenge each other to fish, and they invited other artists from the greater Cincinnati area as well. “They could use any medium they chose, but there would be no competition over size,” said Teresa.
There are now quilted fish, wooden fish, metal fish, stitching fish, appliqué fish, needle point fish, painted on canvass fish, hooked fish, talking fish, and felted fish.
The fish come from artists from the Weavers Guild, artists from the building, Cincinnati area artists, “And,” Nieberding joked, “A bunch of us Hookers.”
Anne-Marie Herrera now lives in Landen and has a studio next to her mom in the artists building. She will be fishing on September's 2nd Saturday.
On 2nd Saturday's you can chat up local artists, visiting them in their studios - and support the local economy by buying paintings, hand crafted jewelry from metal, glass, and clay, photographs, and turned wooden pieces. Most artists would welcome your commission for personalized art. You can also meet the art and craft teachers in the building and sign up for classes. The Loveland Magazine TV recording studio is also in the building.