A creative group of local artisans known as The Catamount Fiberistas will present a whimsical exhibit that is intended to delight area patrons during the holiday season when “Aprons-R-Us” takes over the main gallery at Catamount Arts this December.
“Aprons-R-Us” is a mixed media, multi artist exhibit that celebrates the apron through personal response and historical and cultural artifacts.
A special reception honoring the Fiberistas will be held from 5 pm – 7 pm this Friday, December 6, at Catamount Arts on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
“Aprons-R-Us” was conceived, curated, and produced by the Catamount Fiberistas. Alice Kitchell, Nancy Lewis, Bertie Koelewjn, Kethy Milligan, Kelly Glentz Brush, Amy L. Burns, Emelyn Brehm Garofolo, Jean, Jessica, Lynda Knisley, Nancy Schade, Donna Ellery, and Thea Storz are a few of the artists participating.
The artwork is varied; both two and three-dimensional pieces will be on display. Materials include fabric, clay, paper, recycled items, and much more.
Teams of Fiberistas set forth to explore the Northeast Kingdom with the singular goal of collecting apron artifact and evidence. Excursions have resulted in a fine collection of objects and images; garments worn by blacksmiths, Free Masons, farm matrons, and bakers are among the aprons that are represented.
As a culminating event for the exhibit, the Fiberistas will be hosting “Aprons-R-Us – Try This One On! This participatory performance will take place on First Night in St. Johnsbury,
The Fiberistas will be in the gallery at Catamount Arts from 6-8pm during the First Night celebration. Visitors can try wearing various aprons while engaging in the activity for which the apron is designed. Put on a kitchen apron and make a popcorn ball, try a carpenter’s apron while banging some nails. Plant some seeds while wearing a gardening apron.
“Aprons-R-Us” will be on display in the main gallery at Catamount Arts through Wednesday, January 1.
The galleries at Catamount Arts are open to the public free of charge from 11 am – 6 pm Monday through Saturday and before and after each film screening.