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DATE: Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Tapestries Exhibit to Open at Historic Annapolis Museum
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, Tuesday, February 07, 2012Beginning on Saturday, February 11, the public will have an opportunity to view the first phase of the Annapolis Tapestries Project when the exhibit Annapolis Tapestries: 18th Century opens at the Historic Annapolis Museum located at 99 Main Street in downtown Annapolis.
A tapestry is a heavy cloth woven with rich, often varicolored designs or scenes, usually hung on a wall for decoration. On an official visit to Annapolis’ Canadian Sister City Annapolis Royal, a group of local community leaders viewed the magnificent Heritage Tapestries, depicting significant events during Annapolis Royal’s four hundred year history. They were so inspired, they decided to embark on a similar effort for the Annapolis 300th Charter Celebration in 2008-2009. Now in its fifth year, the project’s goal is to create three large tapestries measuring 3.5’ high x 6’ wide, - one tapestry to illustrate the City of Annapolis during each of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Each tapestry will feature a bird’s eye view of Annapolis and highlight the people, places and events that helped shape the history of our city. Additionally, twelve smaller tapestries will be created for each century. While skilled experts are busy working on the larger pieces, the smaller tapestries are designed to provide the community with an opportunity to participate in the project.
After five years, the large 18th century tapestry and several smaller complimentary tapestries are complete and will be on view at the Historic Annapolis Museum through December 31, 2012. Stitched by volunteers in the community, the 18th century panel took more than 3,266 hours to complete.
“The Tapestries Project has engaged people of all ages and backgrounds. Now the exhibit will help visitors understand the connection over time of people, places and things through this visual storytelling art form,” explained Remy Agee, President of the Board of Trustees of the Annapolis Tapestries.
Special events focusing on this exhibit are planned throughout 2012, including an opportunity for members of the public to add their own stitches to one of the smaller canvases over Maryland Day weekend in March. For additional information on the tapestries and special events, visit the Annapolis Tapestries blog at http://annapolistapestries.wordpress.com/.
The Annapolis Tapestries Project and the Annapolis Tapestries: 18th Century exhibit are made possible by grants received from The Annapolis Community Foundation, the Chaney Foundation and the Four Rivers Heritage Area. The exhibit is a community partnership of The Annapolis Tapestries, Inc. and Historic Annapolis.
The Historic Annapolis Museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Beginning on March 24 the Museum will be open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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