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Pins and Needles new show at the Housatonic Museum of Art

Untitled (shoes), pins and shoes, by Erwina Ziomkowska
Untitled (shoes), pins and shoes, by Erwina Ziomkowska
Erwina Ziomkowska

The Housatonic Museum of Art, housed in the Housatonic Community College campus on 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport Connecticut has organized an art exhibit to celebrate the use of common pins and needles...not the kind you get when you are nervous, rather the tools of tailors and spinners. The Museum has two galleries and over 2,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The exhibit, "Pins and Needles" will be on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries, named in honor of a professor and avid art collector at the college, from January 21 though February 20. An opening reception is planned for Thursday, February 6 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. that is free and open to the public. The Gallery is open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., on Thursdays until 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.

Curator, Suzan Shutan explores the meaning of pins and needles as part of the humble tools that were an essential necessity associated with sewing, spinning and women's domestic and industrial labor. A group of ten women artists present their interpretation of pins and needles and explores a multitude of subjects from memory, mapping, beauty, nature, pleasure, to loss, pain, absence and presence. Poetry, scripture and spirituality are also included in this exhibitions artistic concepts.

The artists participating in the show are: Kim Bruce, Janice Caswell, Beth Dary, Valerie Hallier, Tamiko Kawata, Karen Shaw, Belle Shafir, Suzan Shutan, Jill Vasileff, and Erwina Ziomkowska.

In addition to this show, the Museum displays an outstanding collection of art from the eighteenth century though the twentieth century amassed, almost entirely by donations by the museum's founder the late Burt Chernow. For information call 203-332-5052 or visit

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