Now through Valentine's Day, February 14, a fiber arts show fills the gallery at New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Quilts made by members of our local communities and many items drawn from private collections make up an eclectic mix of quilts, rugs, felt sculptures, and baskets at New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
An especially interesting item is a Tapa Cloth made in Hawaii in the 1930's. 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 is loaned to us by Carol and James McDaniel of New York Mills. The McDaniels also loaned a wonderful exhibit of Valentine cards from the early 1900's 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, New Mexico.
Felt sculptures made by Holly Gill of Detroit Lakes are a whimsical and imaginative part of the show as well. 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. 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.