Latin American tapestries in focus
A reception to celebrate the Latin American tapestries of Mary Merrill is planned for First Friday on Feb. 7, at 6 p.m.
The tapestries are the focal point of the Mariposa’s new exhibition “Sharing Sacred Ground: Weaving Threads of Memory and Change in the Americas.” At 7 p.m., Amy and Paul Merrill,will talk about their mother’s life and journey as an artist, and specifically the inspiration that Latin America offered her, not only in its landscapes but its weavers and weaving traditions.
Nineteen-eighty-six was a defining year in Merrill’s weaving progression. After years of learning and practice of traditional weaving techniques, she made the leap from interpreting other artists’ paintings in tapestry to creating her own designs. These tapestries, on display at the Mariposa, embody her knowledge and love of the landscapes and archaeology of Latin America, capturing these scenes with luxuriant color and color blending and defining the shaped areas that come together as a whole in each tapestry.
These tapestries will be on exhibit from Feb. 7 through June.
First Friday Kidcraft will be weaving from 5 to 6 p.m.
All events for First Friday are free and open to the public.