McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 31, 2012

Local artist's exhibit brings visitors to the Capitol

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Recently visitors to the East Wing Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capital building viewed art by a former McAlester High School graduate.

Pamela Husky, a fiber artist for more than 37 years, will exhibit her Fiberart the East Wing Gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol through Feb. 10.
Each piece of Husky’s art is mounted separately on opposing walls of the marble floored wing.
Visiting California resident Elisa Bravo, 26, was at the Capitol on Dec. 23 viewing the display with her sister Dominique Bravo, 20 of Ada.
“Her work is magical,” Elisa Bravo said.
“I don’t know how she did it, it looks so hard. And I really loved the way glittery threads she used they really caught my eye.”
Invited by the Oklahoma Arts Council to exhibit her work, Husky 17 pieces on display in the wing during her “One Woman Show.” 
Husky said many of pieces were inspired by her view from the art studio at her home over looking Lake Eufaula.
A fifth-generation Oklahoman, Husky is the eldest daughter of McAlester residents, Drue and Retired Col. Bob Saunier.
According to the Oklahoma Arts Council, Husky’s work in tapestry and feltmaking has received state and national awards in exhibits such as Oklahoma Vision Makers and Fiberworks, National Intermountain Weaver's Conference, Kansas Fiber Directions Five-State, and BASF National Fiber Exhibit. Her fiber art is included in numerous collections both locally and nationally including the Oklahoma State Art Collection, Rail Signal Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.; Crawley Trust in Keystone, Colo., Overstreet Photography Studio in San Antonio, Texas and Red Rock Community Mental Health Center in Oklahoma City, to name only a few.
At the Capitol exhibit visitors can see many of her award winning pieces including, Water Works, felted and woven landscapes created from hand-dyed wool and silk fiber; Fiber Landscapes, hand-dyed felted wool and silk; and, her Woven Tapestry Art Husky created using an eight-harness, 60-inch wide loom.
She said two or three tapestries can be completed in one year.
Husky earned a Master of Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in art education and art history, from the University of Oklahoma. Her teaching career spanned over 20 years as the Assistant Chair of the Art and Design Department and Director of the Three-Dimensional Design Program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She was also an Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council, teaching workshops in tapestry weaving, basketry, hand-spinning, organic and resist dyeing, stitchery, beading, book arts, papermaking, and feltmaking, according to arts.ok.gov.
Her art will be on display at the Capitol, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Feb. 10.
Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.