Apron Strings: Ties to the Past

June 15, 2019 9:00 AM to August 10, 2019 5:30PM

Delta Cultural Center - 141 Cherry Street, Helena-West Helena AR

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The upcoming traveling exhibition, "Apron Strings: Ties to the Past," opens Saturday, June 15, at the Delta Cultural Center (DCC), 141 Cherry Street, in Helena. The exhibit will close August 10, 2019. Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., each day.  Tha DCC is closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Admission is free.

The twelve selected aprons by curator Joyce Cheney are from the years of the Great Depression, through World War II, into the present. They tell a vivid story of women who were resourceful and creative. And their aprons reflect both their artistic flair and their responsibilities. As the old saying “tied to mother’s apron strings” implies, aprons symbolize tying unwilling women to the home and restless children to binding relationships.

The variety of aprons in this display illustrates the ways in which women have made this cultural assignment a means of individual self-expression and identity. And the apron seamstress had to also consider design as well as function as she made each of her unique artistic statements. Historically, women have had to express their creativity within certain artistic boundaries. Making aprons--similar to quilting--was one way of doing that.

Unlike painting and sculpture, which are considered “fine art,” artists who work in the “applied arts” (including woodworking, metalwork, ceramics, and textiles) often go unnamed and unrecognized, as is the case with most of the people who made the aprons in "Apron Strings." Join us at the DCC, as we open a fascinating exhibit of two-dozen works of aprons that remember and celebrate an irreplaceable segment of American heritage and culture.  For more information call 870.338.4350, or visit

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