New gallery show opening in Mount Morris

MOUNT MORRIS – The Old Sandstone Gallery in Mount Morris (122 W Wesley Ave.) concluded its Regional Artist Showcase July 27 and will be setting up over the next few days for its new August show, “Artful Threads Through Time.”

Encore! Mt. Morris will host a soft opening of the new show Aug. 1 (7-9 p.m.) and the grand opening Aug. 3 (6-9:30 p.m.), complete with refreshments and four fiber art demonstrations. The show will run through the month of August on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons, when activities related to the Straw Sculpting Competition are taking place on the Mount Morris Campus.

“Artful Threads Through Time” features many kinds of fiber arts, such as weaving, quilting, hooked rugs, fabric painting, crocheting, basketry, and more! Some of the pieces are of original design by current fiber artists; others are fascinating examples of fiber arts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Demonstrations of fiber arts will be conducted in the gallery between 6-8 p.m. both Aug. 3 and Aug. 10, including hooked rugs techniques, bobbin lace, weaving, hand quilting, crocheting, etc. Visitors will have the opportunity to indicate an interest in one of the fiber art classes to be offered later in August or September. Concurrent with the art show are the Friday evening Jamboree band concerts in the next-door bandshell and by Aug. 10, the Straw Sculpting competition activities on Saturdays throughout August.

Encore! Mt. Morris is composed of volunteers committed to developing Mount Morris into a unique, thriving rural and cultural arts destination in northwest Illinois. Volunteers and donations are welcome. Learn more at


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