Starting off the New Year at the Teaneck Public Library is a collection of fabric house portraits and applique art by Teaneck resident, Chris Finley, that will be on display through the month of January.
The textures and colors jump out at you from more than 20 pictures that line the walls. There are Teaneck homes and others on Long Island, the Jersey Shore, and other states; plants; a flight of steps; rocking chair; farm scene; flowers; a sewing machine; and more.
Chris Finley, a Teaneck resident for 45 years, grew up on Long Island and learned to sew at the age of 12. She studied at the fashion Institute of Technology and had a long career in New York City’s garment industry as a children’s clothing designer. Years later, she returned to FIT as an instructor of computer drawing.
Design, drawing, and sewing have been her passion. She has made dozens of quilts, created handbags, produced a line of stuffed monster dolls, illustrated a children’s book, and – for the past two years – designed the program for the Teaneck International Film Festival. She now does free-lance graphics and personalized house portraits which now reflect her current fascination with applique art. Her original Christmas cards are treasured by friends who are the lucky recipients of her hilarious, illustrated holiday greetings.
The Teaneck Public Library is located at 840 Teaneck Road. This not-to-be-missed exhibit may be viewed during library hours.