"Summer Colors to Brighten Winter's Gloom" will be Merle Eintracht's second exhibit and will include more than 30 pieces of her art. The show is scheduled to run between Jan. 19 and May 9 in the Heritage Gallery in the Wagner Alumni Center. The Wagner Alumni Center located at 1110 N. Dakota Street, Vermillion. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The exhibition will open to the public with a gala reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. The public is invited to attend, visit with the artist and view her work.
Eintracht's work combines machine appliqu�, embroidery and quilting with crazy and pieced quilting with hand embroidering and beadwork. Her subjects include landscapes, flowers and abstractions. For years Merle Eintracht, director of The University of South Dakota's Vucurevich Children's Center, has engaged in the making of fabric art in what she refers to as a "clandestine act of survival." Until earlier this year, few saw her work because it was a personal and private activity. Finally, at the urging of friends, Merle began exhibiting some of the art she created during her time in Vermillion.
The artist attributes her love of fabric art to her mother who taught both Merle and her sister to sew, knit and embroider. These arts have been life time activities, and Eintracht stated, "I am completely at one with myself when working with scraps of colored fabric. I see the natural world as a tapestry that I am compelled to create in bits of fabric."
For more information contact John A. Day, director of The University of South Dakota Art Galleries, at 605-677-3177.