First Thursday takes a road trip

Courtesy of Fort Lewis College

“Woven to Wear” features baskets, clothing and other textiles representing 800 years of Southwest weaving.

Herald Staff Report

February’s First Thursday Art Walk will demand a bit more from attendees when Toh-Atin gallery owner Jackson Clark takes his show on the road to the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies. Clark will give the opening presentation for the Center’s new exhibit, “Woven to Wear,” featuring pieces from the Durango Collection of Navajo and Puebloan weaving collected by Jackson Clark Sr. and Mark Winter.

Representing 800 years of weaving in the Southwest, the Durango Collection forms the cornerstone of the Center of Southwest Studies, This exhibition, representing only a portion of the collection, pays homage to the creativity and skill of these early weavers.

Navajo textile design reflects the Diné concept of harmony, while Puebloan textile design expresses identity.

A companion event to the exhibit will be Saturday’s “Southwest Textile Roadshow” with Mark Winter.

The public may bring rugs and textiles for a review of their history and value (a $10 fee per textile will benefit the Center). Call 247-7458 to reserve a time slot.

“Woven to Wear” will remain on display through May.

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