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Castellani's 'Aprons' gets national attention

When the Castellani Art Museum announced the opening of its current exhibition "Artistic and Functional: Aprons from the Karen Anderson Collection," my first reaction was incredulity. My second reaction was to read through the press release, which promised that visitors would be "captivated by the array of styles and awed by the sewing skills of appliqué, embroidery, smocking and tatting." And despite the noted and irresistible allure of appliqué and smocking, my third and final reaction was -- quite understandably, I think -- to file the announcement away in the folder I keep for issues of terminal boredom.

This was obviously nothing less than a rush to judgment. In truth, though the prospect of an apron exhibition doesn't appeal to my individual appetite for the diverse and bizarre in the visual arts, the Castellani's well-known folk arts program knows its audience well and consistently designs exhibitions with calculated appeal to small but dedicated parts of the community with a great interest in the decorative arts.

As if to prove a nationwide interest in the show, which closed July 19, Museum Magazine featured a short article on the exhibition in its June/July issue. You can see the full spread after the jump.

--Colin Dabkowski

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