Material ARTistry is a group formed from five artists of a like mind but broad experience in the fiber and fine arts. 

  A passion for creating art that makes use of fiber, textiles, thread, and other seemingly humble materials brings together the diverse visions of Sally Zehrung, Jae McDonald, Sandra McMorris Johnson, Margot Lovinger,
and Janet Hiller, the members of Material ARTistry.  Each is drawn to the idea of presenting ideas which appeal to two senses simultaneously--the visual and the tactile.  Each works in some way with cloth, but the results are as varied as their makers.

  While acknowledging the tradition of textile based art from many cultures, Material ARTistry pushes the edge of the genre.  The group is especially interested in the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the medium with which they choose to create.  Fabric is soft, familiar, and accessible, an integral part of life from birth to death. 

  In the hands of these artists, fibers are manipulated, cut, dyed, fused, and sometimes burned.  The resulting works of art, ranging from quilts, to vessels, to collage structures and portraits, challenge conventional notions of textile art.  The artists are committed not only to exhibiting and promoting their own work, but their medium as well.  Making connections with viewers--communicating on a sensory as well as a cognitive level--is the goal.

Déjà Vu:

Springfield Museum

Springfield, OR

November - December, 2009

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Material ARTistry are:

Fiber is simply color suspended in a cloth medium.

Past Exhibits

— Sandra McMorris Johnson


Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center
One Eugene Center
Eugene, OR  97401
February 19 – March 27, 2010 
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Rhapsodies in Hue:

Downtown Initiative for the

Visual Arts (DIVA) 

Eugene, OR

October 12 - November 22, 2008

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Margot Lovinger

Material ARTistry would like to welcome our newest member, Margot Lovinger. We are very excited that she recently moved to Eugene from Seattle, Washington.  Seattle’s loss is our gain.  Her work is stunning and innovative, and we believe, a perfect fit for our group.   Welcome, Margot!

Recent Exhibit


Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, OR  97403

January 11 – February 8, 2013
Opening Reception: 
Friday, January 11, 2013 6:00-8:00 pm

Upcoming Exhibit

Take Five
  1. June 2014

  2. Eugene Textile Center

  3. 1510 Jacobs Dr, Eugene, OR 97402

  4. (541) 688-1565