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Major lace exhibition opening at Hunterdon Art Museum

Lieve Jerger’s “Carriage of Lost Love” is created from copper wire, steel wheel frames and Belgian bobbin lace.

A ground-breaking exhibition highlighting how lace makers are expanding the traditional boundaries of their art form to create work that investigates contemporary themes, materials and forms opens at the Hunterdon Art Museum on Sunday, Sept. 23.

“Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques” reveals how contemporary fiber artists are applying bobbin and needle lace techniques to a multitude of fibers and filaments in unlimited colors and textures to interpret their world.

“This is the first show in the United States to focus on contemporary art made in bobbin and needle lace techniques,” said Devon Thein, an internationally known lace expert who is curating the exhibition.

All are invited to an opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 23. The opening features gallery talks by Thein at 4 p.m. and artists Jin Choi and Thomas Shine, at 5 p.m. Festivities will follow with live music and a food truck, and the lighting of the Urchins at dusk.

The exhibition features a special two-week engagement of the Urchins, two lace orbs, each 15 feet in diameter, that will hang above the Museum’s Toshiko Takaezu Terrace, which overlooks the waterfall on the South Branch of the Raritan River. This exhibition marks the first United States appearance of the Urchins, which has been shown only in Singapore and Australia.

The exhibition features 41 works of lace art by 28 artists from around the world.

The museum is at 7 Lower Center St. in Clinton, N.J. Visit hunterdonartmuseum.org or call 908-735-8415 for information.


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