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“Fabric Gardens” Exhibition on Columbia Seminary Campus Through June 3


Decatur, GA.—“Gardens Through the Needle’s Eye: A Collection of Needlework Imagery,” an exhibition of fabric gardens will be on display in the Harrington Center on the Columbia Seminary campus, April 3-June 3, 2005. The pieces are the work of artist Maggie Raper. Her colorful, thought provoking and humorous pieces are an integration of skilled craftsmanship, imagination and lyrical imagery. “These hand-sewn pieces are personal, narrative works with universal themes. The garden is my image for ‘Life,’” Raper says. Raper’s works have been published in Southern Homes Magazine, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the Atlanta Artist Club Action Publication, and her work has appeared in exhibitions throughout Georgia, including the High Museum and the Georgia State Capitol. “My work today is a culmination of all my study and experience in the arts.” In Raper’s early career, she worked in watercolor and oil. While living in Dallas, TX, she studied sculpture and worked in clay, bronze, and wood. After moving to Chicago and attending the Chicago Art Institute, her love for the tactle and dimensional transferred to fabric. She now considers herself to be a collage artist using hand sewn fiber pieces, with her collage paintings. The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, April 3, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Harrington Center Library. Thereafter, the exhibition is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information, contact Debbie Hitchcock 404-687-4622. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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