“The guests that came to our community loved all of the quilts, loved all of the fiber, but I think they were introduced to many things that are considered a lost art,” Jenny Eklund, President of Art on the Prarie said.
Perry welcomed newcomers to the first annual Fiber Art Fair on Saturday, May 6. The fair took place in a variety of locations and was advertised beforehand through the creation of scarves and fabric wrapped around Perry’s downtown.
Jenny Eklund, President of the Art on the Prairie said the fair welcomed those both in and outside of town, reaching close to 500 in count.
“This art fair was a lot of demonstrations and a lot of what spinners, weavers, - there was so much demonstrating that it was really cool,” Eklund said.
In order to prepare for the fair, 105 lightpoles were decorated in Perry’s downtown, along with benches, handrails, and bike racks. When the fair was approved by City Council, Eklund began to receive donations and hear of those interested in the making of the scarves.
Volunteers stitched scarves throughout the city over a course of four days, a finish product that brought brightly-colored fabric and warmth to the streets.
“I think the preliminary work got people excited,” Eklund said. “It was overwhelming.”
Eklund plans to leave the light pole decorations up for a few days, weather permitting.
“Our town was colored in color and came to life,” Eklund said.
The bulk of the fair occured at La Poste which offered a bloody mary bar selection, warm cookies, and full classes took place to learn more on the fiber craft. Outside of La Poste, different pieces of the Fair took place inthe Community Room of the Perry Public Library, Ben’s Five & Dime, Citizens Bank Gallery, Mary Rose Collection and Peterson Designs.
“I think people enjoyed it because they experienced things that are considered a lost art,” Eklund said.