Margaretta Nettles Award for Excellence

Anita Nettles Stefanski and the Nantucket Arts Council (NAC) hosted the 2009 Nantucket Arts Council Margaretta Nettles Award for Excellence reception on Thursday night, November 19th, at Cinco from 5 to 7pm.

The Margaretta Nettles Award was established in 2004 to honor the life long accomplishments and memory of weaver Margaretta Nettles, and to recognize and award artists who excel in the visual arts. Born in Sweden in 1933, Margaretta lived and worked on the island, and was married to the late island actor Jim Nettles for 34 years.

Nantucket textile artist Alison Herr was selected by the NAC and Anita as this year’s winner, who said “I have been in love with textiles and yarns all my life. When I was six years old, my grandmother taught me how to knit. I loved its soothing repetitiveness and was able to do it without thinking or looking at my work; that peculiar skill remains a common denominator in my weaving abilities. My fascination and love for intricacy and complication in a woven texture has led me to finer gauge threads and featherweight textiles. I am now designing my own structures and weaving yardage for table linens and drapery fabric. It is possible that the fabrics I am making today may be tomorrow’s antiques, and there is something very gratifying about that.”

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