Presentation on Woven Tapestries Coincides with Egyptian Tapestry Exhibit

Garden hosts First Tuesday Presentation during Art & Orchids

BELMONT, N.C. – Join Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Mary Tuma, an Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte, during February’s First Tuesday Presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at noon to learn more about woven tapestries.

Tuma 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 the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre. Join Mary as she takes you on her own personal journey and demonstrates how weavings are imagined and created.

First Tuesday presentations are free with general Garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, $6.95 for children 2-12 and free for children under the age of two. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch or sto purchase a wrap or salad in The Garden Store to enjoy during the presentation in the Visitor Pavilion.

About Art & Orchids: Egyptian Tapestries

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.

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 This exhibition is presented by Rodgers.


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