Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shakers' colorful craftsmanship exhibit | The Asheville

Frist exhibition reveals Shakers' love of color, craftsmanship | The Asheville Citizen-Times |

<cutline><HA,4,203>A 19th-century wooden pail, on view in Gather Up the Fragments, an exhibition of Shaker objects on view at Frist Center for the Visual Arts through Aug. 21.<HA,4,0><cutline_credit> <HA,4,200>submitted</cutline_credit></cutline>
"The more than 200 items — furniture, clothing, etc. — in the exhibition illustrate three aspects of Shaker design: clean, crisp lines; an integrated design philosophy; and, yes, the occasional hit of color, some of it quite vibrant.

Gather Up the Fragments originated at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Mass; the objects are drawn from a collection started by Faith and Edward Andrews in the 1920s. Though the Andrews were not the first outsiders to appreciate the simple beauty of Shaker furniture and other work, they were among the first to begin collecting and cataloging the objects."

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