NYMRCC hosts fiber arts show
NEW YORK MILLS -- From now through Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, the gallery at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will be filled with an eclectic mix of quilts, rugs, felt sculptures and baskets.
Quilts made by local community residents and many items drawn from private collections make up the collection.
An especially interesting item is a Tapa Cloth made in Hawaii in the 1930s. The Tapa Cloth is made of the bark of a tree, called "wauke." The bark is beaten into a soft, pliable, paper-like material. This historic cloth was loaned to the Cultural Center by Carol and James McDaniel of New York Mills.
The McDaniels also loaned a wonderful exhibit of Valentine cards from the early 1900s for this pre-Valentine show.
Other items in the show include a basket made by the Tohono O'odham of Arizona and Mexico and a tradtitional rug from Chimayo, N.M.
Felt sculptures made by Holly Gill of Detroit Lakes are a whimsical and imaginative part of the show as well. And there are several examples of quilts made over the years by artisans from our region.
Sher Ellkin of Ottertail has placed several beautiful batik wall hangings in the show as well.
Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission charge for this show.
Upcoming events at the Cultural Center include a bluegrass concert on Feb. 7 and a Feb. 18 concert by a Swedish quartet.