Fabric art contains many memories

A love for fabric is stitched into the lives of the artists who make up the Surface Art Association.

Celeste Covas remembers visiting a wool mill in Maine every summer with her grandmother to hunt for fabric remnants that could be used to make school clothes. Smadar Knobler developed a deep love for textiles thanks to her father (who sold and serviced sewing machines) and mother (who worked with yarn, fabric and paper).

Covas, Knobler and other Surface Art Association members will show off their work in the exhibit “Cloth Journey,” which runs through Mon., Sept. 25 in The Galleria at Hillcrest Center for the Arts., 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Admission and parking are free.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in the evening when the arts center is open for performances, classes and rehearsals.

The nonprofit Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is hosting the event.

The show features the creative use, alteration and embellishment of textile/fiber surfaces. On display will be weavings, paintings done on fiber and textile surfaces, collages, sculptures and wearable art.

Covas will exhibit whimsical silk paintings with embroidery, beading and applique and Knobler will display silk art inspired by trees and nature.

Other artists taking part include Leone M. Keegan (self portrait on fabric with embroidery), Linda Stone (art quilts of Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood and Highland, Chinatown, Los Angeles), Cicely Gilman (digital designs on satin), Marie-Laure Ilie (fiber art including cast paper and mixed media), Barbara E. Weitekamp, Earllene Weiss, Guila Greer, Diana Shore and Maureen Cox.

For more information or directions, call (805) 381-2747 or go to www.conejoarts.org.