The Merced Multicultural Arts Center will welcome two gallery shows with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
One of the shows, which will be on display on the second floor, is titled "California Fibers: Defined." It consists of examples of fiber art from the Southern California artists group California Fibers.
The group was founded in 1970 and it supports artistic growth and professional advancement for Southern California fiber artists, according to the Merced Multicultural Arts Center.
Artwork from the group's members has been represented in museums and private collections throughout the world.
Their creative expression includes weaving, basketry, sculpture, quilting, felting, embroidery, surface, design, knitting and crochet, among other techniques.
As part of the exhibit, the second gallery show, an area group called the Contemporary Humanitarian Artist Association, will present work their members created by challenging themselves in a new artistic direction and stepping outside their comfort zone. The CHAA members used materials and methods that were new to them, according to the arts center.
The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 1. The art center is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call (209) 288-1090 or go to www.artsmerced.org.