Fibre art festival in works


In conjunction with the “Threadworks” exhibit coming here in November, the Fort Frances Museum is showcasing local textile work at the first-ever Fort Frances Fibre Art Festival.
After achieving enthusiastic public participation with exhibits such as “Our Local Métis Story” and “Ukrainian Connection,” the local museum now is looking for all interested crafters who work with textiles (e.g., fabric, thread, and yarn) to submit a sample of their work.
Pieces will be displayed in the upstairs gallery during November and December while “Threadworks” will be in the main-floor gallery.
“This will highlight the talent in our own area and at the same time provide a venue for local artisans to exhibit samples of their work,” noted museum curator Sherry George.
“Pieces must be complete but could be something you did years ago, or maybe something new you’ve always wanted to try,” she added.
This could range from quilting, rug-hooking, crocheting, cross-stitch, or embroidery to fancy handbags, hats, or pieces of clothing.
“Just about anything you can imagine is worth a try,” said George, adding anything that can be made with fabric and thread is eligible.
The deadline to submit a sample of your craft is Oct. 31 (this is so it can go on display Nov. 5).
For more information, call the museum, 274-7891.
Both “Threadworks” and the Fort Frances Fibre Art Festival will be highlights of the Friends of the Fort Frances Museum’s fall fundraiser gala set for Nov. 7.
If successful enough, the fibre art festival could become an annual event.
In other news, a new art exhibit will open at the museum Aug. 25 and run through Sept. 26.
The exhibit will feature the work of Margot Cormier-Splane, a visiting international artist from Timmins, Ont.
This will be followed by an exhibit of the work of acclaimed local artist Cher Pruys, who is best known for her award-winning aviation art.
Pruys’ exhibit will run Sept. 26-Oct. 31.