You probably have a piece of it around your house...a piece of history...a piece of a person...a piece of a story. And whether or not you realize it, it is a piece to be treasured. That piece, of course, is a piece of art work done by someone who came before you that, somehow or another, ended up in your possession. Whether that piece of art holds a place of prominence in your home or is relegated half-forgotten to a closet shelf, now is the time to look at it with appreciative eyes and recall the creative spirit of the person who made it.
Those sentiments are central to the exhibit, "Art of Our Ancestors", on display until Thanksgiving at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton. As one might expect, it is a varied exhibit including folk art...wood utensils, needlework and quilts...as well as accomplished pieces of fine art...paintings, drawings and sculptural pieces. Photographs accompany many of the art works and the theme, materials and form of the pieces help tell the story of the persons who gaze outward from the photos adding a decidedly nostalgic touch to the display.
On Sunday, November 2, the Cultural Center will be hosting a "storytelling" open house from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. During the event, exhibitors will share their stories of the "ancestors" (familial or not!) who created the work on display. Members of the general public are encouraged to bring in additional pieces and share their stories as well. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave., New Hampton. It is open Thursdays noon - 6, Saturdays 10am - 4 pm, Sundays 1 - 4 pm or any time by appointment. For more information, contact the Cultural Center by phone at (641) 394-2354, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org.
Photo: Nancy Ryan proudly holds a pastel drawing and pine needle basket by her grandmother, Louise Bailey, of Adel, Iowa.