What do knitting and blacksmithing have in common? Tatting and leather tooling? Violin making and filet crochet? They are all skills practiced by the ancestors of Morrison County residents, examples of which will be on display in a new Heirloom Arts Exhibit at The Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum in Little Falls.
The Heirloom Arts Exhibit grand opening will be celebrated with Heirloom Arts Day Saturday, June 8, at the museum. Executive Director Jan Warner said, “Heirloom arts tend to be passed down through generations, not always in a direct parent-to-child sort of way. Sometimes a child will learn a skill like embroidery or whittling from a grandparent, aunt or uncle.”
Even beekeeping can be considered an heirloom art. The most unusual artifact in the exhibit includes a handmade queen bee cage fashioned by Peter Kowalczyk, a former farmer, beekeeper and cabinet maker who lived in Swan River Township.
Heirloom Arts Day, which runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., will feature more than the exhibit. There will be informal demonstrations of some heirloom arts, refreshments, and live music starting at 2 p.m. from Len Sharon’s band. Jan Warner will lead two discussions about heirloom arts, one at 11 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. Following Warner’s presentations, Ann Marie Johnson, the museum’s curator of collections, will explain how to properly care for heirloom arts pieces.
The Heirloom Arts Exhibit will run through the end of the year.
Heirloom Arts Day and the exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, call (320) 632-4007.