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Through Friday, Dec. 31: "The Art of Weaving"

Handforth Gallery

Margaret Bergman inspired a bunch of weavers to band together in 1935 and take Tacoma by storm. Seventy-five years later, consider Tacoma taken. on. Photography by J.R. Eyerman/courtesy of the Tacoma Weavers' Guild

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The Tacoma Weavers' Guild celebrates its 75 anniversary with a huge textile show opening Friday, Nov. 12 inside Handforth Gallery and historical displays in the Northwest Room - both at the Tacoma Public Library Main Branch. We can tell their Art of Weaving show a big deal because the Guild has mailed us a big media kit with historical documents, their vast accomplishments and weaving art on a CD. From the material, we learned Swedish immigrant/weaver Margaret Bergman inspired 22 women to meet Dec. 7, 1935 inside the Fischer Store in downtown Tacoma. Apparently, the Guild is also the longest running organization of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Take that Yelm Yarn & Barn Guild!

An opening reception for the Art of Weaving will be held for the shows 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, during Third Thursday ArtWalk.

The Guild will also host an all ages public workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.

What originated around campfires hundreds and thousands of years ago - way before Bergman busted out the loom in the South Sound - lives on as an important art form. And the Tacoma Weavers' Guild's show isn't just for weavers. It's really for anyone that loves fiber. And we're not talking about Wheaties, folks.

The Art of Weaving

Friday, Nov. 12-Friday, Dec. 31
Handfort Gallery, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma

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