CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO- Silk, taffeta, velour and brocade set the scene. The new ArtsaRound Gallery on the Original Circle welcomes ArtsaRound Scholarship winner and local student Genevieve Carstensen for a main-floor gallery event. The show, titled “Medieval to Modern – Fashions from Art,” will start April 9 and run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 26, 2021. The gallery is located at 135 W. Main Street in the heart of Historical Downtown Circleville.
Inspired by works of art from different time periods, Genevieve created a unique collection that gives life and shape to the garments in the 2D works of art.
“My process began by imagining unseen elements of the pictured garments. I planned the 3D designs, drafting, draping and fabric engineering to create an original pattern, plus researching historical materials and techniques,” says Genevieve. “I found many were cost prohibitive, too time consuming or unavailable. I used a mix of authentic materials and modern substitutes including chiffon, damask, lamé, organza, glass beads, ribbons, trims, faux pearls and jewels.” Hand beading, batik dying and applique were used as embellishments.
Genevieve was born and raised in Circleville. She is a senior at Logan Elm High School and the president of the National Art Honor Society. She is the daughter of Larry and Winifred Carstensen.
JP Pennell, ArtsaRound Gallery director, says, “We are so excited to host such an incredibly unique show. This will be the first of its kind for us and the gallery.”
Genevieve has won first place in the annual Circleville Herald Pumpkin Show Poster contest. She was awarded the ArtsaRound 2019 Precollegiate Scholarship, and she plans to pursue an art degree in the fall of 2021 with a special interest in textile design.
The ArtsaRound Gallery on the Original Circle is housed in the former Marfield Bank Building owned by the Pickaway County Historical Society, a rare pie-shaped property that was part of the original circle of Circleville. The gallery is manned by local volunteers Fridays 4pm to 7pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm. Hours may vary based on volunteer availability, special classes, gallery events, and other advertised downtown events. Look for more gallery information on Facebook or email [email protected].