Re:Collections – new exhibit opens at Wellington museum

ABOYNE – Wellington County Museum and Archives has announced the return of Connections Fibre Artists for a new exhibit, Re:Collections.

Running from Feb. 27 until July 4, the exhibit features fibre art that was inspired by favourite artifacts from the museum and archives collection.

“When the artists asked us to select artifacts for them to work with, staff were very excited,” said curator Hailey Johnston. “We hope that visitors will enjoy seeing these treasures from our collection, and learning why these items are so special to us.”

Among the artifacts on display are an infant gas mask from the Second World War, a typewriter that belonged to famed cookbook author Margo Oliver, and a detective camera that local photographers Thomas and John Connon used to take candid photographs of inmates at the Wellington County House of Industry and Refuge.

Established in 1999, Connections Fibre Artists is dedicated to the exploration of fibre as an art form. Coming together from diverse creative backgrounds, members work together to raise awareness of fibre art, and to develop their talents by exchanging ideas and sharing new skills and techniques.

All patrons will be screened prior to entry and are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times. Appointments to visit the the museum and archives are not necessary, but capacity is limited to 10 visitors at one time. Anyone planning to visit with a group is asked to call 519-846-0916 ext. 5221 to set up a time.

Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road 18 between Fergus and Elora.