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Summer 2008 Exhibitions Open at Fleming Museum

BURLINGTON- Escape the heat and humidity with a visit to the comfortable galleries of the Fleming Museum where two new exhibitions are featured through the summer months. The first show to open, Water Works, includes water-inspired art and objects from the Fleming Museum collections. In the exhibition, ice-water pitchers from the late 19th century that graced elegant upper-class dining tables are seen alongside water carriers from the American Southwest and holy water sprinklers from India. Contemporary water bottles and photographs of 19th-century European beach resorts reflect the importance of water across a variety of cultures. As the future of the world's water supply continues to be the focus of critical discussion, the pieces gathered in this exhibition reflect some of the important roles that water plays in human lives. Water Works opens Thursday, June 12 and runs through Sunday, August 24. Opening two weeks later, on Tuesday, June 24, is Stitched Together: Quilts and their Stories from the Fleming. An intimate expression of personal taste and skill, the quilt has been a presence in the American home from the nineteenth century onward. Vermont women made quilts to keep their families warm, beautify their homes, and demonstrate their skills in needlework. But quilts are not only functional and aesthetic, they also have fascinating stories behind their creation and care. From quilts made from a grandmother's wedding dress to a quilt stitched together from underwear to a quilt made to raise money for soldiers during the Civil War, every piece in this exhibition comes with an unusual story of its design and creation. Stitched Together runs through Sunday, August 24.

Images for Water Works: Water-inspired Art and Objects from the Fleming Museum Collections

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Ando Hiroshige (Japan, 1797-1858), The Imagiri Promontory From Maisaka (Detail, Station 31 of the Tokaido), 1833 . Color woodblock. Florence Holt Collection 1934.9.31

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Kayak model, early 20th century, Inuit (Alaska). Sealskin, wood, ivory. Gift of Mrs. David Manson 1952.18


Images for Stitched Together: Quilts and their Stories from the Fleming

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Katherine L. Shattuck (Burlington, Vermont), Quilt top, 1887. Silk, cotton. Gift of Mary A. Bliss 1990.11

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Quilt skirt, ca. 1865, American, Cotton. Gift of Diana Carlisle 2007.3.1 (5.5MB, CMYK)


FLEMING MUSEUM SUMMER 2008 EXHIBTIONS:
Water Works: Water-inspired Art and Objects from the Fleming Museum Collections
DATES: Thursday, June 12, 2008 - Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stitched Together: Quilts and their Stories from the Fleming
DATES: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - Friday, August 29, 2008

ADMISSION:
$5 adults. $10 family, $3 students and seniors. Free to: Museum members; faculty, staff and students of UVM, Burlington College, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, and St. Michael's College; Children 6 and under.
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