Santa Claus arrives early at Textile Museum

Textile

Christmas came early to the MVTM!
Donations for the month of December amounted to $16,000, thanks to the Friends of the MVTM, donors and the museum board of directors. A big thank you to everyone for this tremendous and much needed support. Funding was also received from Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program up words of $20,000 to hire a Project Coordinator for the digitization of the Almonte Gazette newspapers from 1993-2003. Matthew Moxley, former Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director/ Curator and Digitization Technician has been hired on a contract for the project until March 31st, 2016.

New Acquisition
A gift of a new double loom will arrive on Christmas Eve to the excitement of our volunteer weavers. Those of you who remember the fabulous blanket that was previously woven at the Museum will be delighted to know that our weavers will once again be able to amaze and enthrall visitors as they produce new masterworks.

New Board of Directors for 2015-2016
There are four new faces on the Museum’s Board of Directors. Mary Pal, Jill Moxley, Fraser Scantlebury and Bryan Stephenson. All are getting up to speed and working hard in support of what promises to be a great year for new programs, events, and exhibitions.

On Exhibit!
If you have not done so already, check out the new exhibition in the downstairs gallery. Running until February 13th, the exhibit features the work of Canadian artists Diane Laundy and Robin Laws Field. Diane Laundy brings the eye of a photographer and the design sensibility of the quilter to the skyscraper, where she discovers poetry, playfulness and patterns of beauty and originality. Robin Laws Field was searching for a new approach to her fibre art as she zoomed her camera lens in on the textured surfaces of sites she was visiting. She suddenly realized that she had discovered a new way to create abstraction in her work. The images in this exhibition come from sites around the globe and all focus on surfaces: peeling paint on a shutter in Turkey or footprints in the sands of India. Once you experience “Surface Fabrications,” you will never look at a building the same way again!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Michael Rikley-Lancaster
Executive Director/ Curator