PADME features hand embroidery workshop

For Immediate Release:  April 13, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Artist Alisha McCurdy will lead a hand embroidery workshop as part of Bloomsburg University’s 12th annual Personal Adornment Day and Makeup Extravaganza (PADME) on Wednesday, April 20.

The workshop, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the art center at The Greenly Center, 50 E. Main St., Bloomsburg, will allow participants to explore and share their sense of community. Each participant will use hand embroidery and free motion machine sewing to create pieces that will be brought together to reflect the community. The finished product will be exhibited at the Stairwell Gallery at The Exchange, 24 E. Main St. The workshop is free and open to the public.

McCurdy grew up in western Pennsylvania, but she didn’t understand the Northern Appalachian region’s influence in her life until she moved away. Primarily embodying sculptural and installation forms, McCurdy’s artwork borrows craft-based techniques that are familiar to Appalachia. In this diverse approach, her work shares common respect for labor and creativity that are indicative of the community where she was raised.

Her works are on display in BU’s Haas Gallery of the Art through Tuesday, May 3, in the exhibit, “Out of Seam.” McCurdy will offer a lecture April 20 at 11 a.m. in the gallery as part of a reception from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.

PADME events will conclude with the theatre and art student exhibit, a juried runway show of wearable art, April 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Caldwell Consistory, Market Square. Admission is free and open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.