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Different is the ACWC’s 2024 theme and two very different exhibitions will kick-start the year’s theme activities and programs. Local Color and Wooly Wonders exhibitions will open on January 12, 2024 and the public is invited to see individual artist’s unique interpretations of the theme. Local Color is the annual member artists’ exhibition that showcases the work of local and regional artists in our Perry Main Street gallery. We anticipate the theme will challenge our artists to create pieces that will be engaging and thought-provoking for all who will visit the show. Visitors will see a diverse range of media used by artists to represent their interpretations, including fiber, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. All visitors will have an opportunity to help determine the People’s Choice winner when they visit the exhibition between January 12 and February 12.

Running in conjunction with Local Color in our second gallery will be Wooly Wonders, featuring the work of multiple fiber artists who participated in the year-long Wooly Wonders project. This “sheep to shawl” experience was funded by the Wyoming Foundation; a grant administered by the Community Founda- tion for Greater Buffalo. You will see garments or accessories made from animal fibers created by these fiber artists. The year-long project took these artists to local farms to learn about types of wool. Then they learned to clean, prepare, spin and knit or crochet their own items to be showcased in the exhibition.

Both shows will open on Friday, January 12, and end with a closing reception at 6:30 – 8:00 pm on February 23. The reception will feature artists’ talks, music, and the presentation of awards. Come and share in the celebration as we recognize the accomplishments of our local artists and kick off a new and DIFFERENT year!

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