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Imagine Gallery prepares for First Friday ‘yarn bomb’ exhibit

This tree covered in a multi-colored crochet is an example of what Imagine Gallery intends to do next week for the opening of its fiber art exhibit.

This tree covered in a multi-colored crochet is an example of what Imagine Gallery intends to do next week for the opening of its fiber art exhibit.

— With fall fastly approaching, Imagine Gallery of Skaneateles will present “Wearable, Warm and Wonderful,” a new and improved fiber art exhibit as part of Skaneateles’s First Friday Art Night.

Imagine Gallery will showcase a never-before-done “yarn bombing art installation,” which will feature an exterior yarn decoration of a bench, lamppost and tree outside the shop.

“We have never done this before. It’s a more interactive art installation and focuses more on functional art; it’s something different” said Imagine Gallery Director and Event Coordinator Sarah Panzarella.

With approval to decorate the exterior by the Skaneateles Village Board, Panzarella is gathering up her knitters. “I’m rallying in the troops. I have six different artists knitting, along with a weaver who will weave some pieces in, so it won’t be traditional knitting,” she said.

The knitters already have started on the creative display, creating a patchwork blanket of different shapes, sizes and colors. The exterior decoration will be form-fitting to each outside fixture, with smaller pieces that will hug the bench and tree and with the lamppost looking like it’s wearing a knitted sweater, Panzarella said.

The actual decoration of the exterior will start Friday, Sept. 7, and continue through the event’s reception to make it more interactive. The display will be up for a week if anyone wants to add any additions, weather pending, she said.

“I’m very excited. It’s a nice way to bring art outside. I really want it to be for the local community. I wanted it to be visible and draw people in,” said Panzarella.

In addition to the outside display, the opening of the event will include an interactive component with staff members modeling different pieces inside, such as a hat and faux fur line by Pandemonium Millinery from Seattle. Other lines incorporated in the fiber art exhibit will be shawls, blankets, jackets, scarves, mittens and mufflers — all made in the United States.

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