Huron Valley Council for the Arts hosts Stories in the Apron Strings: A Collection of Old and New.
Georgia Bingham, the exhibit’s co-chair, says the idea was sparked in part by her habit of buying an apron in antique stores as she travels across the country. She also saw an apron exhibit in a museum and thought it was “something fun and different.”
“People have been wearing aprons since ancient times,” explains Bingham. “The word apron comes from the Medieval French term naperon which means small tablecloth. Since this word was often mispronounced as an apron, in the 17th Century, the garment eventually became known as an apron. From blacksmiths to Grandma, aprons tell a story. Functional, ceremonial, decorative, or utilitarian, they all have a use and invoke the concept of purpose. The humble apron and the stories behind them will be exhibited in Steeple Hall Gallery at Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA).”
“It’s just supposed to be casual and fun,” Bingham adds. All the early TV moms wore aprons.”
All of the aprons are meant to tell a story; a description will accompany each piece in the exhibit.
The exhibit opens June 18 and runs through July 9. A virtual gallery opening takes place starting at 7 p.m. June 18, and is accessible via huronvalleyarts.org.