Artwork from adults and youth as well as family heirlooms by Fitton Center for Creative Arts members will be on display at the Fitton Center’s gallery during the “5th Biennial Fitton Center Member Showcase.”
“Featuring 87 artists from the Fitton Center community, this all-media, nonjuried show will feature 126 artworks. This is the most we’ve ever had for this show,” said the Fitton’s director of exhibitions, Cathy Mayhugh.
A free, opening night reception will be held on May 7, a Saturday.
The exhibit will run through July 8. Art on display will include paintings, photography, mosaics, ceramics, pottery, sculptures and more.
“We have members that participate in every show, and some of them are coming back, but we also have a lot of brand new members and artists that have never participated in an exhibition before. That’s one of the exciting things about this show,” Mayhugh said.
An example of a family heirloom included in the show is highlighted by member Margaret Brodbeck White Sherlock and her “Flower Girl” dress.
“This taffeta ‘Flower Girl,’ dress over a cotton petticoat was sewn by my mother, Lucille Brodbeck, in 1949. I kept the dress in a tissue-lined box for many years. I finally unwrapped and took it to a consignment shop, but the proprietor refused to take it with the convincing heartfelt words, ‘Your mother made that for you and her loving hands are on it. Keep it.’ She was right! A friend of my husband’s does woodworking and made the stand for me,” expressed Margaret in her story about the dress she wore at the age of 6.
Visitors will experience modern and historic artworks as they learn about the inspiration behind each of the pieces. Guests will also view a variety of children’s art. Each of the various pieces will be integrated and spread out within the galleries.
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