Seasonal Special Happenings

Textile Talk at the Galleria

When: Wed., May 4 2011

You can expand your art appreciation today at 1:30 p.m. as Paloma Pilar Grasso — retired Spanish teacher, former Peace Corp volunteer, gallery owner, and well-seasoned collector of Hispanic folk and fine art — gives a free talk on Latin American textiles. Sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art's Textile Art Alliance, Grasso's talk is part of a larger exhibition currently on display at Galeria Quetzal, her treasure-filled gallery in Little Italy. Today's focus will be on fabrics from Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru, including plenty of colorful examples drawn from Grasso's collections. Among the highlights: exquisite Mayan embroidery from Peru, religious flags from Haiti, and yarn "paintings" from the Huichol people of northern Mexico. If you like what you see, come back for the receptions on May 6 or 7; those run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with live music, tapas, and wine. The exhibition continues through May 14, "or maybe longer, depending on interest." For more info, check out or call 216-421-8223. Galeria Quetzal is at 12400 Mayfield Rd. in Little Italy. — Cicora

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