Mavis R Simms- Fibers Exhibit

  • Overview

    Marvis Simms in the side gallery
    Exhibition Showing: June 5- July 25
    Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7
    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public. Wine and appetizers will be served.

    Mavis Simms was born in Northern Minnesota and grew up working with textiles for utilitarian purposes. Approximately 40 years ago she started creating her own quilts and random wall art. She has had a long arm quilting machine for 12 years, which she predominately works in a free hand style.

    In 2010 she began experimenting with several processes of hand dying fabric. More recently she started “Snow dyeing” and has been thrilled with the unpredictable, yet eye-catching outcomes. Her work is predominantly with cotton, silk and linen fabrics but she also enjoys repurposing vintage pieces. Some of these are embellished with beading and some are pieced with contrasting colors. She is always amazed to see the combination of colors in the fabric as a result of this process and no two pieces are ever the same.

    Her focus is using this dyed fabric to create one of a kind wall art in several diverse ways and is continued to be inspired by other artists and everyday things around her.

    The Ankeny Art Center is located in Westside park at SW Third and State Front Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm, Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm, Friday 9am to 1pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information about the Ankeny Art Center, please visit