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Eastern Helps Textile Museum Present "End of an Era" Exhibition

 

End of an Era-smokestackwreckingball (2).jpgOn Nov. 9 the Artspace Gallery in Willimantic hosted the opening reception of an exhibit by Visual Arts Professor June Bisantz and History Lecturer Jamie Eves, titled "End of an Era: Past Identity/Future Vision." The exhibition is being presented by the Windham Textile and History Museum at Artspace through Dec. 3.

The exhibition is supported by an AAUP-CSU Research Grant. Publicity materials were designed by Eastern digital art and design students. "End of an Era" features large photographs by Connecticut artist Harrison Judd depicting the American Thread Mill Smokestack as the last symbol of Willimantic's industrial past. The smokestack defined Willimantic's identity until fall 2011, when storm damage forced its demolition. The exhibition documents the demolition from the first hit of the wrecking ball to the last pile of bricks.

 

The exhibition's catalog features an essay by Eves, who is also the executive director of the Windham Textile and History Museum, along with a short essay by Maurice Sendak, recently deceased author and illustrator.  For more information on the exhibit, contact Eves, at (860) 456-2178 or via e-mail evesj@easternct.edu or themillmuseum@gmail.com.

 

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