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“Home: Exploring, Mending, Reimagining” Exhibition

  • January 29 - March 20
  • Lanesboro Arts Gallery

Lanesboro Arts presents “Home: Exploring, Mending, Reimagining”, a quilt exhibition showcasing community embroidery and quilt project led by Cecilia Cornejo. The show opens on Saturday, January 29th with an artist reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; the show runs through March 20th. Always free and open to the public, gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Home: Exploring, Mending, Reimagining draws inspiration from audio testimonies recorded by Lanesboro residents in collaboration with filmmaker and artist Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo. Cecilia came to Lanesboro, along with her ongoing, multiplatform project, The Wandering House, in the fall of 2019 as an Artist-in-Residence through Lanesboro Arts. A former ice-fishing house turned into a mobile audio-recording studio, The Wandering House offered Lanesboro residents the chance to reflect and record their thoughts on home as well as their hopes for the community.

The current exhibition features the Lanesboro Community Quilt which is based on audio testimonies responding to the prompt “I Know I’m Home When…” These audio fragments were subsequently embroidered by 25 community members—artists and enthusiasts alike—working
in close collaboration with Cecilia in the fall of 2020. More recently, over summer and fall of 2021, these fragments were thoughtfully arranged by Renee Bergstrom, Heidi Dybing, and Cheryl Lamon into the quilt you see today.

Home: Exploring, Mending, Reimagining also features audiovisual work and the possibility for audiences to contribute to the next phase of the project, Sonic Landscapes of Southern Minnesota, a sound-mapping website that will house Lanesboro residents’ past and present reflections on “home,” along with ambient sounds specific to the town.

Home: Exploring, Mending, Reimagining offers the public within and beyond Lanesboro the possibility to explore, mend, and reimagine our relationship to home in order to envision and create communities where all of us are heard, seen, and valued.

This exhibit is sponsored by F & M Community Bank. This exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. For more information visit, call 507-467-2446 or email Handicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro, MN.

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