MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University Art Museum opens a dual exhibition June 14 that highlights costume designs from the Stratford Festival and fiber art created by Si-Hyeun Ro.

A public reception for both shows will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 14. Proceeds support the Stratford Field Studies student travel fund.

From Dreams to Memories-Stratford Costume Designs will be housed in the East Gallery. It is a collection of original color illustrations by various artists of costumes designed for the annual theater festival in Ontario, Canada.

The festival employs about a dozen of the world's best costume designers each season. These artists usually work in their own private studios, then converge at Stratford several months ahead of each production to make final revisions and supervise the assembly of their costumes.

Once a production opens, all designs revert to the ownership of the artists. Some designers donate their work to the festival archives; others offer their pieces for sale through private galleries, their own studios, or at the Festival Bookstore. The number of private citizens, museums and institutions that collect costume sketches has increased dramatically in recent years.

Self Portraits.- Fiber Art by Si-Hyeun Ro will be featured in the West Gallery. Ro uses the batik method of dye on silk to create works inspired by questions about her own life and the struggle to separate the ideal from the real.

She selected sunflowers as the symbolic image of her psychological self, accompanied by various images of skies, seas and landscapes.

"Sunflowers always face the sun with strength, warmth, abundance and the message of hope," she wrote. "These are also the characteristics of the sun itself and represent both sides of the ideal and the real. The image of the sunflower against the sky in various moods has always fascinated me."

The dual exhibition ends July 14. Summer gallery hours are I I a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Broadcasters.- Si-Hyeun Ro is pronounced SHE-hun ROE

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
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