Women's Journeys in Fiber, Bloomingdale Artists Guild Fall Show on exhibit at Bloomingdale museum

The Bloomingdale Park District Museum features two exhibits in its galleries that run through the end of October.

Women's Journeys in Fiber "COLOR: Emotion • Interaction • Energy" opened Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 30 in Gallery II.

The show is the 17th process project by a group of Chicago area fiber artists. This two- and three-dimensional show explores color as theory, light, pigment, frequency, energy, and as a means of communication using textile techniques including stitching, painting, collage, felt-making, quilt and book arts. Each piece is accompanied by an artist statement, which shares the thoughts and experiences that inspired the artist's creation.

This group of women artists was formed in 1998 with members from the Weavers Guild of the North Shore, Illinois Quilters Inc., and the North Suburban NeedleArts Guild. They had an interest in creating special group projects in which members of all three guilds could participate. Twenty-two years and 17 projects later, their productions have included such diverse topics as Mantles, Purses, Hats, Aprons, Masks, Umbrellas, Birds, and Pathways.

The women are currently creating the eighteenth project entitled "CONNECTIONS: Natural • Personal • Technical." The goal of the group is to create a safe space for sharing, foster a sense of community among the three guilds, build friendships, support personal growth, inspire creativity, and encourage women's voices. The "COLOR" show is now traveling to local sites and will be a part of this year's Fine Art of Fiber Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden Nov. 5-7, 2021 after closing in Bloomingdale.

In the museum's Gallery I, now through November 6, the Bloomingdale Artists Guild Fall Show features a multi-media assortment of images for your viewing pleasure. The Guild is busily creating small works which will be up for silent auction at the Spring Show next April. The funds raised are given as a scholarship to a local high-school student interested in pursuing art.

Planned for next July and August, the museum will exhibit "Fashion and Footwear" and would welcome donations or loans of vintage, funky or flashy clothing and shoes.

Specifically, the museum is looking for historic, unique, artistic, fun and fantastic items. If a trip to your basement or attic might be the source of any special items, the museum would be grateful to have them.

At the end of the show, the items will be returned to donors. Items may be dropped off now during open hours (Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.); or you can reach the museum at (630) 339-3570 or

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