Visitors who want to see a one-of-a-kind tapestry at the need to do so by this Friday at 11 a.m. That's when the members of the Farmington Hills chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA) will take down the exhibit, now on display in the City Gallery.
The National Tapestry is comprised of five panels, each two feet by four feet.
Thousands of embroiderers from around the country took four years to create the project. Working under the theme "America, the Beautiful," EGA members embroidered depictions of flora and fauna representing their region of the United States. The detailed pieces were then stitched together by a committee.
Judy Jeroy, a former EGA president, along with fellow embroiderer Carol Dam, conceived the idea to honor the beauty and diversity of the U.S.
Kendra Anderson, a member of the EGA Farmington Hills chapter, helped to orchestrate the tapestry's Costick Center visit.
"We were on the list since 2008 to have it come to Farmington Hills," said Anderson. "Our local chapter had to pay quite a bit for shipping, but it's well worth it."
The exhibit has already received positive feedback from visitors to the Costick Center.
"Beautiful and exciting! A coup for the Farmington area," said one admirer who wrote a comment in the guest book.
Another wrote, "Absolutely amazing! One of the best exhibits I have ever seen here."
Anderson hopes the exhibit will promote embroidery as public art in the Farmington-Farmington Hills area.
"In addition to the National Tapestry, many of our members have their own pieces hanging at City Gallery, so people can see the kinds of things our chapter does," Anderson said.
After the National Tapestry has completed its nationwide tour, it will be permanently installed in Louisville, KY, at the EGA headquarters.
To see the National Tapestry and the stitching of Farmington Hills EGA members, visit the Costick Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibit will be removed at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27. Anyone interested in the Farmington Hills chapter of the EGA may attend their meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at . Or for more information, contact Pat Walny at firstname.lastname@example.org.