Encore! Mt Morris

Painting Our Legacy on The Canvas of History
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August 2018
“Artful Threads Through Time.”

Encore! Mt. Morris will host the grand opening August 3rd (6-9:30pm), 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 Mt. 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 19
th and 20th centuries. Demonstrations of fiber arts will be conducted in the gallery between 6 and 8pm both August 3rd and August 10th, 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 August 10, the Straw Sculpting competition activities on Saturdays throughout August.
Encore! Mt. Morris is composed of volunteers committed to developing Mt. Morris, IL into a unique, thriving rural and cultural arts destination in northwest Illinois. Volunteers and donations are welcome. Learn more at EncoreMtMorris.com.

The historic Mt. Morris College campus contains the oldest building in Mt. Morris, a beautifully preserved sandstone building used for science classes at the College and later converted to Watt Publishing Company. Encore! Mt. Morris has been able to acquire the use of the first floor as a multi-purpose art gallery space. Refurbished, painted and equipped during the summer of 2016 for art displays by volunteers, it has served as the anchor space for Encore! Mt. Morris to host numerous shows.

Regular shows are scheduled throughout the summer months, during the December holiday season, and less frequently at other times during the school year. The gallery is open during the summer Jamboree music concert series (Friday evenings) and Kable Band concerts (Wednesday evenings) and during other community events and festivals, as publicized. Summer 2018 schedule:

  • Student Art Show, June 1-27. Opening: June 1, 6-9:30pm
  • Regional Artist Showcase, June 29-July 27. Opening: June 29, 6-9:30pm
  • Artful Threads, a multitude of fiber artworks, August 1-31. Opening: August 3, 6-9:30pm
  • Art In The Country, September 8-29. Opening: September 8, 6-9:30pm