Friday, January 26, 2007

A Closer look at the current exhibit

The Mola

The current exhibit at the John D. MacArthur Campus library features the mola collection of Anne Wenzel. These mola originate in the San Blas Islands, Panama.

The mola are made using a sewing technique called applique. They are all hand sewn by the women of the Kuna Indians. This process consists of stacking three to five layers of different colors of cloth. The outlines of the motif are cut to show the color beneath. These cutting are then finely hemmed. The very last layer is the only layer not cut. It supports the hems of the previous layers. The process for one mola can take two to five weeks, sometimes longer.

Today, as tourism to the island increases, the demand for "tourist" molas also increases. These consist of two layers and usually take only a few days. The traditional subject of the mola is geometric design or nature inspired designs. The subject matter of the mola is changing as a result of acculturation.

If you haven't stopped by the library gallery to view this exhibit, please make the time. Handcrafted items of this quality are rare. Any questions please call 561.799.8530.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Call for Submissions

Call to Artists:
MacArt Show
March 12 - May 4, 2007

The Art Review Committee invites FAU students, faculty, staff and LLS members from the MacArthur Campus to submit original artwork to the 2nd Annual MacArt Show.

There are no restrictions to theme or type of work. All work will be considered. There is also no limit to the number of works submitted, but the committee will choose works according to size and space limitations.

The selected works will be shown in the Library gallery and the SR Atrium space. There will be an opening with light refreshments.

Application forms are available in the MacArthur Campus Library or the Burrow in the SR building. Submissions are due by 5:00 pm on February 2, 2007.

For more information you may contact Diane Arrieta at 561.799.8530 or Heather Bishara at 561.799.8696.
(featured art: Red Faces by Echo Kief)

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Current Exhibitions:

Ann Wenzel Tapestry Collection
January 02 - March 04, 2007

This collection of Mola (textile panels produced by the Kuna Indians)
comes from Panamanian resident Ann Wenzel. Ms. Wenzel has been collecting for over 30 years and has over 300 Mola.

The MacArthur Campus Library is showcasing a small part of this great collection.
Exhibition is open regular library hours.

Call for more information. 561.799.8530