NORWAY – The artwork of Lori Christmastree will be displayed at the Fare Share Commons on Main Street beginning Sept. 3.

An opening reception is set from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery at 447 Main St. A conversation with the artist will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The exhibit runs through Sept. 24.

Gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Christmastree’s exhibit is titled “Household Objections,” and it explores cultural boundaries and gender stereotypes. The project attempts to join American and Bulgarian traditions and sensibilities. The exhibit includes prints, embroidered aprons done by Bulgarian women, and hooked wall hangings.

Christmastree’s concept was to use the size, shape and material of a common household apron used by women throughout the world, and to have 13 women from all over Bulgaria put onto the aprons an image in embroidery, appliqu, or any other needlecraft method.

The women were urged to interpret the pictures and to incorporate folk images and motifs from their regions into the work. They were also asked to think about the images and their relation to their own lives and to write down their thoughts. Later, these thoughts would be embroidered in the space around the edge of the aprons.

Christmastree lives in North Waterford with her husband, artist Misha Tomic, and is a member of the Norway-based Commons Arts Collective. The collective was formed in 2001 to encourage creation and sharing of local art through support, interaction and collaboration.

More information may be obtained by calling 743-9044.


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