City art event begins Friday with fiber craft demonstrations

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

Plaquemine Main Street Program, along with the River Road Fiber Guild, Iberville Community Quilters, and Magnolia Wood Dust Rug Hookers will host the "Third Annual Art in the City Weekend" on Nov. 9 with an educational session from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. of fiber craft creations.

The event will be at the First United Methodist Church, 23645 Church St in Plaquemine and attendees may purchase craft kits.

The event will host a day of vintage fiber art techniques, styles and products on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park.

Handwork sessions include needlepoint, cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, weaving of cotton and wool with a foot-treadle floor loom, quilt making, lace making, embroidery, rug hooking, and vintage jewelry. All of these techniques are done by hand.

Musical performances depicting tunes during the Louisiana Colonial Period will be included by the students of the Iberville Parish MSA orchestra. Food and beverages will be sold with a free event admission.

Some of the artists on Saturday include:

-Marci Petrini, a fiber artist that weaves, spins and knits in Jackson, Miss., where she teaches crafts for the Mississippi Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi as a juried member and a fellow. Petrini teaches nationally for guilds and conferences and is the regular columnist for Right for the Start, in Shuttel Spindle and Dypeot, a quarterly publication of the Handweaver's Guild of America. Her work can be seen on the website www.MarchPetrini.com.

-Jane Dollar, a master knitter, who learned to knit from her mother when she was 17 and has created beautiful garments for family and friends over the years. A member of the Chimmeyville Guild in Mississippi, Dollar is also a master spinner and great to have near the dye pot when dying any type of fiber for knitting or spinning.

-Marva Goodman is a juried member of the Mississippi Craftsman Guild where she sells her unique creations that include the art of knitting, spinning and weaving. Goodman teaches sewing, spinning and weaving at workshops across the South. She does demonstrations at schools and conferences for varied audiences.

The Iberville Museum will also be hosting a special exhibit of hand-woven and dyed tapestries and the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will host a special exhibit entitled "200 Years of Bayou Plaquemine" by the friends of the Plaquemine Lock on Nov. 16 – 18.

Event vendors or demonstrators can contact the Plaquemine Main Street Office at 225-687-3116.

These events are part of the Louisiana Main Street Program, Main to Main - A Cultural Road Show. It is sponsored by the City of Plaquemine's Main Street Program, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Events are held during the month of November to highlight the 35 Louisiana-Designated Main Street Cities.

For more information visit the state's Main to Main website at http://www.crt.state.la.us/maintomain/index_flash.aspx or the City of Plaquemine's website at www.plaquemine.org.