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The Bloomingdale Park District Museum is excited to present two textile art shows opening July 8 and on display through August 5, 2023. 

The group Art Cloth Network presents Wide Open in Gallery II, and an individual showcase of stitched work created by artist Barbara Schneider titled Observations:  Walking in Wonder will be shown in Gallery I.  

The ACN show will feature thirty-five works of textile art by twenty-four artists from the US and Canada addressing the show’s theme, Wide Open.  The varied interpretations of the theme in this exhibit express a wide range of ideas:  joy, fear, expansion, liberation, inspiration, sorrow, nature, isolation, hope, and humanity.  These thoughtful expressions are conveyed by using innovative techniques that tell compelling stories and draw the viewer in for a closer look.  Created during a pandemic, wildfires, and serious political unrest, the collection documents the artists’ state of mind during a tumultuous, uncertain time.  

Barbara Schneider includes many pieces from her various collections, all exploring different approaches to seeing the natural environment through a textile artist’s eye.  Her goal is to help people see the things that are often ignored in nature.  To experience the world around by looking, touching, listening, and smelling, enlarging, reshaping and endless other possibilities.  Observations:  Walking in Wonder will include embroidered pieces created from experiences walking in McHenry County Conservation District sites, works from her Line Dance collection featuring tree ring patterns, 3-dimensional log pieces from her Forest Floor group, and two large installation pieces from her Zen Gardens collection.  

An opening reception is planned for Sunday, July 16, from 2-4PM with live music and refreshments served.  Please plan to come and view the wonderful textile art, meet some of the artists, and socialize with other fans of textile work.  The Museum will be open during the show’s run on Wednesday evenings, 5-8PM, Thursdays from 12-4PM, and Saturdays from 12-4PM.  Suggested donations:  Residents $1, Non-residents $2 and Seniors $.50. 

Don’t miss this fascinating artwork!

First Impressions:A Juried Multi Media Exhibition Prospectus
Exhibit Dates:  August -September 23

To download the prospectus click this link:  FirstImpressionsProspectus.pdf.


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