Handwoven Egyptian Tapestries & Plants on Exhibit at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Art & Orchids to open Feb. 2

BELMONT, N.C. – A collection of two dozen Egyptian garden-themed tapestries celebrating flowers of the desert, villages and the Nile River will be on display at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Feb. 2 through Mar. 11 where visitors will also discover an assortment of Egyptian plants within the Orchid Conservatory. Art & Orchids:  Egyptian Tapestries will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free with general admission or free for Garden Members.

The tapestries to be on display were hand woven at the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in the Harrania Village of Giza, Egypt. The idea for the workshop began in 1952 when Egyptian architect Ramses Wissa Wassef began an “experiment in creativity.” Convinced that everyone is born with artistic gifts that develop only through practicing a craft from early childhood, Wissa Wassef installed looms in a workshop and invited children to learn to weave. His experiment rapidly demonstrated that any child is able to create works of staggering beauty and skill, confirming that innate creativity can grow with a child into adulthood.

Since Ramses’ death in 1974, his widow Sophie and daughters Suzanne and Yoanna have expanded the experiment. More than 30 artists weave in both wool and fine Egyptian cotton and work up to four months on each tapestry. The wool and cotton are dyed by the artists twice a year from plants grown and harvested from fields at the 12-acre Centre. They continue the unique Wissa Wassef tradition that began in 1952 of weaving without preliminary drawings behind the looms to follow, therefore all tapestries are unique and no multiples are ever woven. Artists are encouraged to select their own subject matter and for children, copying and adult interference are discouraged. This project has had a strong impact on the community. It transforms the lives of the villagers, bringing prosperity, education, better health, self-respect and satisfaction to all and high status and equality to the women.

Each hand-made, authentic and unique Egyptian tapestry is available for purchase at the Garden for a limited time and visitors are invited to take one home for your own art collection. Visit danielstowe.rwwac.org to view and purchase tapestries.

General admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12. For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org. This exhibition is presented by Rodgers.

Art & Orchids Special Events

Free with General Admission or Free for Garden Members

Orchid Sale

Feb. 16 – 18; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Browse a unique collection of orchids from Looking Glass Orchids, Inc. including Paphiopedilum and Phragmipedium (Lady Slipper Orchids), Miltonia (Pansy Orchids), Cattleya hybrids and species, and other orchids you may have never even seen before.

 Piedmont Fiber Guild Day

Saturday, Feb. 10; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Observe demonstrations by members of the guild that may include spinning, knitting and crocheting.

 Children’s Art Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 10 & 11; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Families are invited to engage in creative hands-on activities, crafts and more!

Art & Orchids Classes & Programs

Register online at www.DSBG.org.

Orchids 101 Workshop

Sunday, Jan. 21; 1 – 3 p.m.
Cost: $35 (orchid included)

Instructor: Linda Wilhelm, accredited judge for the American Orchid Society and recipient of the American Orchid Society’s Certificate of Education

Orchids are fascinating flowers! Learn about orchids’ growth requirements, habitats and how to handle these flowers at home. Acquire the basics of successful orchid nurturing and take an orchid home.

Paper Crafting with Orchid Design

Sunday, Feb. 4; 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Cost: $22 (materials included)

Create two classic cards and one three-dimensional paper orchid plant. Get inspired to delve into your most creative side, learn tips and techniques, share ideas and go home with finished products to give as gifts.

First Tuesday Presentation:  Journey with Tapestries

Tuesday, Feb. 6; 12 – 1 p.m.

Free with General Admission or Free for Garden Members

Mary Tuma, an Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte began sewing and crocheting with her mother at an early age. Through these processes – which led her to Egypt when she was 20 years of age – she learned to weave tapestries in the village of Kerdassa. Since then she has had a long love affair with tapestry weaving, Egypt and Wissa Wassef. Join Mary as she takes you on her own personal journey and demonstrates how weavings are imagined and created. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while enjoying the presentation in the Visitor Pavilion. No registration is required.

Windowsill Orchids

Sunday, Feb. 25; 1 – 3 p.m.

Cost: $35 (orchid included)

Instructor: Linda Wilhelm, accredited judge for the American Orchid Society and recipient of the American Orchid Society’s Certificate of Education

Did you know that many orchids do not require a greenhouse for growth but simply a windowsill. Orchids are among the most unique flowers in the plant world. In this class, learn which varieties will do well in various light conditions and how to keep your orchids flourishing. Learn helpful tips and take an orchid home.

 Photographing Orchids

Sunday, Mar. 4; 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Cost: $46

Instructor: Dave Kelly, Adobe® Certified Instructor & Owner of DEK Photography

With their bright, vibrant colors, orchids have some of the most beautiful blossoms in the world. Using the digital SLR camera’s shutter speed, aperture opening, ISO sensitivity, meter and histogram, that amazing color can be captured and composed into an artful photograph.

First Tuesday Presentation:  Beauty of Orchids

Tuesday, Mar. 6; 12 – 1 p.m.

Free with General Admission or Free for Garden Members

Join Linda Wilhelm, accredited judge and Trustee with the American Orchid Society, accomplished speaker, world traveler and orchid enthusiast for a discussion centered around some of the world’s most unique and numerous species of orchids. Learn what truly makes an orchid so distinctive. Bring questions and get inspired by the color and beauty of orchid photos that will capture your interest. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while enjoying the presentation in the Visitor Pavilion. No registration is required.

Orchid Care: Repotting

Sunday, Mar. 18; 1 – 3 p.m.

Cost: $35 (orchid included)

Instructor: Linda Wilhelm, accredited judge for the American Orchid Society and recipient of the

American Orchid Society’s Certificate of Education

Learn how to grow and succeed with orchids at home. Linda will discuss tips for growing orchids and demonstrate repotting at the Garden’s Growing Center. Participants will get hands-on experience and leave with an orchid to enjoy!

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