If you live in Pennsylvania you might want to check out a new exhibit at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. Opening today and running through the end of August, the exhibit is titled "Flora and Fauna: Needlework Landscapes," and features the Embroiderer's Guild of America (EGA) America the Beautiful tapestry, a five-panel tapestry with plants, birds, and animals.
Also shown will be the original Redwork Coverlet (circa 1895) as well as a reproduction sewn by the Lehigh Valley chapter of the EGA, that will be raffled off on the last day of the exhibit. Both versions feature 64 redwork blocks embellished with red feather stitching.
Accompanying these main items will be needlework featuring landscape and nature themes from the museum's permanent collection, including 18th and 19th century textiles, embroidered kimonos, and Victorian era silks and towels.
This is just a few hours drive for me so I'm going to try to make it there some time in the next couple of months. I'll report back!
Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, 31 North 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18101 (610) 432-4333. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12-5. Admission $12