A Stamford woman made a quilt out of her husband’s clothes after he died. His works are now on display.

“Fabric and Thread: Quilts as Wall Art,” featuring the work of textile artist Margaret Cibulsky, will be on display at the Mayor’s Gallery, 10th Floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., July 11 through September 7.

There will be an artists’ reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on July 25. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment, 203-536-8277. There is parking on site, accessible to people with reduced mobility.

This is Cibulsky’s first solo exhibition featuring quirky quilts as works of art to be hung on the wall, with an emphasis on design over function, the curators said. .

Cibulsky, who moved to Stamford in 2018, taught kindergarten and first grade for 32 years before turning to quilt making and design.

She learned how to operate a sewing machine by watching her mother make clothes and practical items like curtains, according to information provided by the gallery. After losing her husband to cancer, Cibulsky’s first foray into quilting was to join a church group that made comfort quilts for seriously ill worshippers. Her first original quilt was a tribute to her husband and the life they had had together. The fabrics come from her husband’s clothes and are a placeholder for past memories and future hopes, she explained.

Cibulsky is a self-taught quilter who learned from fellow NYC Metro Modern Guild members, books, blogs and then workshops. She is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, NYC Metro Modern Quilters and is co-president of the Northern Star Quilters in Westchester.

See more of her work at #margaret_stamford on Instagram.

Mandarin conversation classes available

The Connecticut Chinese Language School at the University of Connecticut-Stamford is offering online Mandarin conversation classes starting July 26.

Lessons are available for children 3 to 5 years old; grades 1 to 5 and grades 6 to 12; and for adults.

The seats are limited. For information and registration, visit www.chineselanguageschool.org.

Now at Galeries Bendel, abstract art

“Discovering Colour: Two Decades of Abstraction” is now on view in the Bendel Galleries at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center until 9/11.

The exhibit includes paintings, works on paper, and prints from three crucial art movements in America in the 1960s and 70s: Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting, and Minimalism. Drawing on the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores the ways each artist has used color through texture, saturation and tone.

Featured artists include Edward Avedisian, Walter Darby Bannard, Dan Christensen, John Grillo, Lee Krasner and many more.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.

The Sunday Farmer’s Market is back

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center Farmer’s Market is back every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 39 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford. FREE ENTRANCE.

Among the vendors, SM&NC’s Heckscher Farm tent will offer its own blend of maple syrup and coffee, Arethusa products and more. For more information and a list of providers, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org/sunday-farm-market.

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