artist         original embroidery  

Culicitex (Mosquito), 4" X 4"                $350

Thoughts Unspoken: Loss, 20" X 16"        NFS

Beth's art journey started as a young girl...filling paper with crayon drawings and sewing dresses for her dolls. From age five, she knew she would be an artist. Beth grew up in the coal fields of West Virginia and in the rolling hills of Virginia. She studied Clothing and Textiles at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and later pursued a master's degree in Studio Art at the University of Houston. Her greatest joy has been to study with Telleke Schwartz, Janet Bolton, Julie Arkell, Elizabeth Busch and Cornelia Breitenbach, and to be mentored by Mary Ruth Smith.


Her love of art and teaching fueled her vocation for four decades, and now, studio work is her passion bringing her full circle in creating her own art.

Her move from the Northeast is a catalyst for new work and establishing a studio presence in the Hill Country of Texas is paramount to the evolution of her art. 


Her recent work has returned her to the roots cultivated as a child sewing at her mother's knee...embroidery...her first introduction to surface design and embellishment.


Her current series, "Thoughts Unspoken" are autobiographical interpreting and recording in fabric and thread her thoughts, observations, memories and experiences.  The embroidered dress silhouette is covered in layers of text/language that reveals, hides and questions unspoken thoughts.

About

Beth embarked on her art journey with drawing filled papers and hand sewn dresses for her dolls. From age five, she knew she would be an artist. Beth grew up in the coalfields of West Virginia and in the rolling hills of Virginia. She studied Clothing and Textiles at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and later pursued a master's degree in Studio Art at the University of Houston. Her greatest joy has been to study with Tilleke Schwartz, Janet Bolton, Julie Arkell, Elizabeth Busch, and Cornelia Breitenbach, and to be mentored by Mary Ruth Smith.


Her love of art and teaching fueled her vocation for four decades, and now, studio work is her passion bringing her full circle in the creation of her own art. Her move from the Northeast is a catalyst for new work and establishing a studio presence in the Hill Country of Texas is paramount to the evolution of her art. 


Her recent work has returned her to the source of her textile journey...embroidery ...introduced by her mother, Mary Sowers, and grandmother, Fannie Mae Mabry, Christmas,1954 with a gift of a blue and white cross-stitch alphabet sampler.


Her ongoing series, "Thoughts Unspoken" is autobiographical in nature, interpreting and recording in fabric and thread her thoughts, observations, memories, and experiences.  The embroidered dress silhouette is covered in layers of text/language that reveals, hides and questions unspoken thoughts.


Multi-faceted Ms. Cunningham's fun side is exposed in her "Texas WILDlife" series (concentrating on bugs and beetles). Inspired by life on the Pedernales River, these appliques are beaded, embroidered, and quilted on a miniature scale.