March 30, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and the Fiber Art Center in Amherst will present a cultural open house of textile demonstrations, music and food on Sunday, April 4, from 1 until 4:30 p.m. The current exhibitions at the Mead include Cloth Only Wears to Shreds: Yoruba Textiles and Photographs from the Beier Collection and Visions of Haiti: Vodou and Carnaval à Jacmel: Photographs by Phyllis Galembo. All events, including museum admission and parking are free. The Associates of Fine Arts at Amherst College, the Office of the President at Amherst College and Bread & Circus Whole Foods, which will provide refreshments, are sponsoring the events, which will include:

· Adire cloth dry demonstration with Barbara Goldberg;
· African wrap doll demonstrations by Belinda-Lyons-Zucker;
· African strip weaving with Carlotta Miller; and
· African traditional dance and music with the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers.

The Fiber Art Center is the home of the nonprofit Foundation for Fiber Art, Inc., and is located at 79 S. Pleasant St in Amherst. The center houses a nonprofit exhibition gallery devoted to fiber art, a retail shop featuring fiber art, jewelry and other fine crafts, and an education center that offers classes including basketry, beadwork, felting, knitting, papermaking, quilting, spinning and weaving for students of all ages and levels of experience. The Fiber Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact the Fiber Art Center at 413/256-1818 or visit its Website,

The Mead Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays until 9 p.m. Contact the museum at 413/542-2335 or visit its Website,