Friday, January 16, 2009

In The News: Magic Carpets Exhibit, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Montana

Opening today, January 16 through February 14, 2009, you can travel to foreign lands on Magic Carpets. To start your journey, go to the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. Thanks to Pacific Recycling - which is headquartered in Great Falls - you can even get in for free through December of 2009!

[By the way, Pacific Recycling has a blog.]

I know a Great Falls in Virginia, but not this one in Montana and it sounds magnificent! Natural beauty second to none, with dramatic falls on the Missouri River, culture and a well organized town thanks to the vision of Paris Gibson - entrepreneur and politician - who arrived in 1882, envisioning possibilities for the site as the Electric City and a railroad hub.

The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art sounds like a gem. Completed in 1896 out of sandstone, the building welcomed students for almost 80 years, until 1975. Two years later, volunteers from the community "renovated and reopened [the] historic building as Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. Since that time, The Square has provided a dynamic program of exhibitions, classes, lectures, tours, and performances designed to nurture the region's creative spirit."

How cool!

Back to the Magic Carpets Exhibit....

According to the exhibit description and Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art opens two new exhibits in the, Magic Carpets represents a "collection of carpets, runners, sofras and nomadic storage sacks was acquired by Terry Karson and Sara Mast, during their travels to Turkey in 2004 and 2007. The exhibition was organized by The Emerson Cultural Center, Bozeman, Montana and is traveling under the auspices of the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association of Montana."

[Sofras are throws spread on the floor and used for dining akin to picnic blankets.]

It is also the final exhibit in a series of several fiber arts exhibitions on display at the museum during the fall and winter.

And, assuming you get this post in time, you can attend the Opening reception from 5:30 – 7:30pm tonight - Friday, January 16, 2009.

If you see the exhibit, would you let us know where the Magic Carpets took you and how it inspired you?

[Images courtesy of Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art.]

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