Gallery Forty-One announces March Member of the Month

Gallery Forty-One announces March Member of the MonthA felted expression of love, created by Ann Laczak. Provided.

Gallery Forty-One heads into spring with Ann Laczak as the featured Member of the Month. Ann, as a Family and Consumer Science teacher, loved fabrics, sewing and design. When she was given an embellishing machine she had no idea what it was for, but it opened up a whole new world for her.  

Ann taught herself how to felt with the embellishing machine by reading books and watching online videos. And she is still learning every time she starts a new piece. Most of the fibers used are 100% wool fleece and roving (a narrow bundle of fiber). 

Gallery Forty-One announces March Member of the Month

This piece, by Ann Laczak, is called Sunset. Provided.

However, other components are working their way into her craft such as silk and aluminum. One of two techniques used is dry needle felting. A process using barbed needles to interlock fibers together. The other technique is wet felting in which the fibers are interlocked using hot water, soap, and agitation.  

Felting has become Ann’s passion and she enjoys creating a canvas using wet felting, then creating a picture on top using the dry needle technique. She enjoys blending the fibers to bring out scenes in both realistic and abstract genres.

Gallery Forty-One announces March Member of the Month

This featured piece by Ann Laczak is called Sunrise. Provided.

You can see Ann’s textured artistry at Gallery Forty-One, located at 41 Lake St. in Owego, during March hours of Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit,, on Facebook at, or call the Gallery at (607) 687-2876.

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