Members of the Chautauqua Region Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., will present a group exhibit called "Needle Arts Exhibit VI - Featuring the Old Country Barn" in the Prendergast Library Art Gallery from Friday through Aug. 26.
The stitchers will greet the public and answer questions about their work at a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Fireplace Room at the library. The reception is free, and refreshments will be served.
One wall of the exhibit will be devoted to members' interpretations of an old country barn. Each person was given a pattern and the choice of any threads, fabric and stitching technique. Some chose to represent the barn during a particular season, while other renderings were quite plain.
This barn is an example of the work local embroiderers will display at Prendergast Library during an exhibit by the Chautauqua Region Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Inc., Friday through Aug. 26.
"The pieces are truly varied," said embroiderer Allene Hooper of Frewsburg.
Another wall of the library exhibit will show the results of a group correspondence course called Moonlight Sonata, featuring the hardanger technique of Norwegian embroidery.
Other pieces on display will feature blackwork, three-dimensional stumpwork, crewelwork, surface embroidery and counted-thread.
Members will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the local chapter in 2012. Chartered in 1982, the group meets the second Wednesday of each month at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jamestown for a social hour at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m., and business meeting at 8 p.m. New members are always welcome.
The group is one of 345 Embroiderers' Guild chapters across the country dedicated to education about needlework through programs at meetings, regional and national seminars, and correspondence courses.
Gallery hours for the summer show are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Matt Nuzzo of Jamestown, who works in watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil and mixed media, will be the next exhibitor in the Prendergast Library Art Gallery.