Three new exhibits will be featured at Sheehan Gallery

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This piece is part of the "Community Connections: Selected Textiles from the Kirkman House Collection."

The Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, 814 E. Isaacs Ave., will present three exhibits Aug. 31-Oct. 12.

"Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," is curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland. Herrick created weavings from the 1940s until her death in 1995. This retrospective exhibition explores weaving as a living craft. Five contemporary artists were also invited to participate, creating personal responses to Herrick's patterns and adding to this traveling exhibition.

The second exhibition, "Weaving Material Cultures: Use and Symbol," curated by Jennifer Karson Engum, will also open at the gallery. The exhibition features Whitman College's holdings from its Maxey Museum. This Native American basketry collection will be shown concurrently, dispersed among several on campus exhibition venues including the Sheehan Gallery, the Maxey Museum Gallery, and the Penrose Library.

The third exhibition, "Community Connections: Selected Textiles from the Kirkman House Collection," displays selected textile excerpts from the Kirkman House Museum. The exhibit includes hand-woven coverlets representing two styles of early 19th century bed covers. These pieces, produced by both Jacquard and simple looms using hand-spun wool and machine-spun cotton, demonstrate the craft of textile production. The still brilliant colors of these works were produced with indigo, madder and plant-based dyes, as synthetic dyes would not become widely available until the latter part of the 19th century. Also included are textile productions by local weaver Peggy Hoyt. Hoyt's weaving covers both ancient and modern patterns and techniques.

Susan Swayne, textile coordinator for the Kirkman House Museum offers a walking tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 and Jennifer Karson Engum will give a curator's talk at 2 p.m. Oct. 8, both in the Sheehan Gallery.

For hours and other information, call 509-527-5249.

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