Women’s Journeys in Fiber, Bloomingdale Artists Guild Fall Show on display at Bloomingdale Museum

The Bloomingdale Park District Museum has two exhibitions in its galleries which run until the end of October.

Women’s Journeys in Fiber “COLOR: Emotion • Interaction • Energy” opened on October 2 and will run until October 30 in Gallery II.

The show is the 17th process project of a group of Chicago-area fiber artists. This two and three dimensional show explores color as theory, light, pigment, frequency, energy and as a medium of communication using textile techniques such as sewing, painting, collage, felt making, quilting and the book arts. Each piece is accompanied by an artist statement, which shares the thoughts and experiences that inspired the artist’s creation.

This group of women artists was formed in 1998 with members of the Weavers Guild of the North Shore, Illinois Quilters Inc. and the North Suburban NeedleArts Guild. They had an interest in creating special group projects in which members of the three guilds could participate. Twenty-two years and 17 projects later, their productions have included subjects as diverse as coats, handbags, hats, aprons, masks, umbrellas, birds and trails.

The women are currently creating the eighteenth project called “CONNECTIONS: Natural • Personal • Technical”. The group’s goal is to create a safe space for sharing, fostering a sense of community between the three guilds, forming friendships, supporting personal growth, inspiring creativity and encouraging the voice of women. The “COLOR” show is now moving to local venues and will be part of this year’s Fine Art of Fiber Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden from November 5-7, 2021 after it closes in Bloomingdale.

In Gallery I of the museum, until November 6, the Bloomingdale Artists Guild Fall Show presents a multimedia assortment of images for your viewing pleasure. The Guild is busy creating small works that will be on silent auction at the Spring Show next April. The funds raised are given in the form of a scholarship to a local high school student interested in pursuing art.

Scheduled for next July and August, the museum will exhibit “Fashion and Shoes” and will welcome donations or loans of vintage, funky or flashy clothes and shoes.

More specifically, the museum searches for historical, unique, artistic, fun and fantastic objects. If a trip to your basement or attic can be the source of special items, the museum would appreciate your having them.

At the end of the show, the items will be returned to the donors. Items can be dropped off now during opening hours (Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m.); or you can reach the museum at (630) 339-3570 or [email protected]

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