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Transforming the Commonplace: Seed Portraits, Hair Wreaths, and Butter Sculptures

Date and Time: March 7, 2020, 1:30 PM CT

Location: First Christian Church, 200 S Walnut St, Garnett
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Presented by Erika Nelson

What would the Iowa State Fair be without butter sculptures, the Minnesota State Fair without seed portraits, or Victorian houses without hair wreaths? These beloved wonders are due, in large part, to the work of visionary artists like Lillian Colton, a seed portraitist, who started her craft in the late 1960s; Caroline S. Brooks, who pioneered the art of sculpting in butter in the late 19th century; and Leila Cohoon, a well-respected hair-wreath expert. This presentation examines the uncommon transformations of commonplace materials, and features the stories of these three women and the institutions that preserve these odd traditions.

Sponsored by: NSDAR - Four Winds Chapter

For more information about this event, please contact:
Donna Roberts
(913) 271-4230

 

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