Melissa Maddonni Haims’ “Offering” Brings Fiber Art Back to 3rd Street Gallery

I am mad about this site. “art does matter”. To me it is the quintessential example of how wonderful the internet can be. Here in Australia I get to see examples of fine art put together by Patricia Sullivan (a talented and gifted artist herself) that I would otherwise never have the opportunity to see. Of course it isn’t as good as seeing it for real but it is still wonderful. No stranger to grief myself, I was deeply moved by this exhibition of Melissa Maddonni Haims and I know you will be moved too.


Last Friday evening, fiber and mixed media artist Melissa Maddonni Haims invited me to the opening of her new installation and performance piece at Old City Philadelphia’s 3rd Street Gallery. I was so honored to meet Ms. Haims in-person and freely discuss her creative process, which was first introduced on artdoesmatter last April, during Philadelphia’s city-wide FiberPhiladelphia biennial.

Offering is a site specific performance and installation piece that was conceived by Haims last summer of 2012, after the tragic passing of her childhood friend of twenty-six years, who was killed instantly by a drunk driver at only age thirty-nine. Haims was extremely forthcoming and moving as she recounted her experiences during this past year as she retraced the steps of her friend’s life, revisiting and photographing the places where her friend lived and worked. Haims has woven a montage of “stones” from crocheted yarn, meticulously created in memory of her…

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Author: gentlestitches

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8 thoughts on “Melissa Maddonni Haims’ “Offering” Brings Fiber Art Back to 3rd Street Gallery”

  1. I am overwhelmed by your generous and lovely remarks, gentlestitches! Thank you so very much and thank you for the re-blog! Melissa’s artwork is indeed a very moving tribute to her friend and has such an incredible backstory to the pieces.

    I enjoy visiting your blog also and always look forward to each new post!


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