Dwelling on the Past

The cutest art exhibit there ever was, Dwelling on the Past features artists who often appear on Etsy.com to sell their embroidery and arts. (Artists include curator Pamela Davis, who’s also part of the Twilight collective.) With more embroidery per square inch than a Christmas present from grandma, Dwelling is a mixed-media celebration of the simple things. All with at least a few stitches. Curious how stitches are incorporated into today’s technology? Play a guitar through an embroidered distortion pedal or watch a stitched animation of Space Invaders. A gentle sadness permeates the show. Nostalgia reigns. The show makes you happily return to simpler times, yet you remember that even then you longed for something else. The show, which includes media as diverse as vintage books and a pinhole camera, vibes well with both the Belle and Sebastian twee and the White Stripes' vintage rebellion that streamed through the speakers on opening night. LAURA EASLEY

Thu., Jan. 13, 6-9 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 13. Continues through Feb. 6, 2011

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