Ever wonder how an exhibit comes together for opening day? Here are some behind the scenes shots as we set up ‘Garden to Table: hooked rugs and art from the collection at the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, 105 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA.
Works from Indiana, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia were collected by me complimenting the theme ‘Garden to Table’. I brought them into the Fraktur Gallery at the Schwenkfelder on Thursday and the fun began. The previous exhibit was off the walls but still in the room including a wooden cradle, cases and a cart filled with stuffing.
Candace Perry, Curator of Collections showed me items from their archives already on the walls including a flower wreath of feathers in a manner not known to her to be made in the 21st Century. We discussed adding redware flower pots, hand painted china from early 20th C, an oil painting by Walter Baum, Berlin work and Frakturs representing the 19th and 18th Centuries. Off she went into the archives and I began to intermingle the fiber work with the objects.
Why did one item end up next to another? Sometimes it is color, could be shapes, maybe subject perhaps it is traffic flow. All of these options came into play today. The following two images show how moving an object slightly to the left and on an angle gives more space to the rug and flower arrangement.
Tomorrow we hang the rest of the work, bring in the large display case with four domed wax fruit compotes!, label the objects, sweep the floor and redirect the lighting just in time for the official opening on Saturday. This exhibit will be up through March 1. The Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Sunday visit www.Schwenkfelder.com for directions, exhibit descriptions, and hours.
Thanks to Darlene York Trout, Patsy Jones, Kris McDermet, Mary Jane Peabody, and Carolyn Boutilier for contributing hooked work to the collection.