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Threading the Needle -  73 See Gallery  •   Montclair, NJ
March 3, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Threading the Needle is presented as an homage to the tailoring trade which provided employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for many immigrants of different cultural backgrounds, including Jews, African-Americans, Italians and Hispanics. The exhibit will feature the work of five artists: Paula Borenstein, Larry Dell, Jody Leight, Joanne Leone, and Diane Savona. Through their work, the aforementioned artists will provide personal reflections on their connections with the tailoring trade. Larry Dell's sculptures made of fabric and metal are inspired by his father who worked in the NYC garment center as a knitting machine mechanic for most of his working life. Joanne Leone's paintings memorialize the work of several generation of family members, including her maternal grandfather who worked as tailor, her grandmother who was a milliner, and her paternal grandmother who turned collars and repaired shirts during the Great Depression. Jody Leight's quilts combine traditional and modern elements to reflect on the status of women in the needle trades. Diane Savona creates artifacts of past generations found in the immigrant community of Passaic: doilies, darning eggs, and pincushions, presenting them as unearthed specimens, newly fossilized in cloth. Collectively, these artists will challenge viewers perceptions of our textile heritage.

Reception: March 3, 2018 from 6 - 9 pm

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Venue Info:
73 See Gallery
73 Pine St. Suite C
Montclair, NJ 07042
United States