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Gallery Set For New Year

Published: December 18, 2017

CHENEY, Washington - The Eastern Washington University Downtown Student Gallery will kick off 2018 by hosting the exhibit Song of Silence: Embroidered Tapestries of Kyrgyz Nomads. The student gallery is free and open to the public beginning Monday, Jan. 8.

EWU student Angeline Nesbit will curate the gallery exhibit with Kyrgyzstan tapestries from Anne Marie Burk's collection located in Spokane. Nesbit is interested in showing the tapestries as a marker of the country's history, the different influences on their design and the craftsmanship by the Kyrgyz women who created them. The tapestries are attributed to women in Kyrgyzstan who worked individually and in groups to create these uniquely patterned pieces for their homes. Each wall hanging is a reflection of the individual creating the embroidery and many of these artists have incorporated themes borrowed from print materials, traditional motifs, or even government emblems into their patterns.

The embroideries created by nomadic women spanning over 100 years are a reflection of the individual and are a unique opportunity to see the culture of Kyrgyzstan and their historically practiced skills. With so much said in these embroideries it is no wonder that they seem to sing of their deeper meaning, causing the style to be traditionally called "The Song of Silence". 

The exhibit will run from Jan. 8 through Friday, Feb. 9. A reception will be held 4-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided.  

Gallery hours: M-F 12-5 p.m.

Location: 404 2nd St, Cheney, WA Phone: 509.359.6802



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