Anatomy of a wedding dress, topic for ‘3rd Thursday Art Conversation’

ST. GEORGE – Fiber artist and art quilter Rosemary Hargrove has accepted the invitation to share her knowledge and expertise as the next speaker for “3rd Thursday Art Conversation” at the St. George Art Museum, 47 E. 200 N., on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

The passionate pattern drafter, couture seamstress and former business owner will discuss the “Anatomy of a Wedding Dress,” dissecting its parts and pieces and teaching the vocabulary of selecting what a bride must have in this most special of dresses. Hargrove will also discuss style, color, lace and the choice of fabric allowing her audience to feel and learn the differences between natural and manmade fibers.

“I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a needle in my hand,” the former businesswoman said, who owned a fabric store and sewing machine dealership in Salt Lake City for more than 22 years before retiring to southern Utah in 2008.

As a child, Hargrove learned to embroidery and made trunks full of doll clothes. By high school she was making most of her own clothes including coats and prom gowns. In college, she studied nursing and after graduation, pursued it as a career, but her love of sewing was rekindled after the birth of two daughters.

Fabrics, especially natural fibers, fine cottons, silks and linens, are her passion, she said, resulting in her creation of couture pieces of numerous types and styles from tailored garments to wedding gowns.

Hargrove’s understanding of fabrics has allowed her to expand beyond the traditional in her art pieces including heirloom sewing, smocking, French hand sewing and other needle arts.

This “3rd Thursday Art Conversation” Jan. 15 will also include a pre-performance by the St. George Dance Company beginning at 6:30 p.m. The St. George Dance Company ‘s mission as a professional modern dance group is “to bring contemporary dance to the forefront as an accessible and valued art form and presents innovative work that connects with and inspires the soul.”

The “3rd Thursday Art Conversation” is an adult gathering of art lovers – in this case, prospective brides in particular – interested in more information about the artist and her medium. The art conversation program is free-of-charge.

The St. George Art Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 47 E. 200 North. According to the museum’s mission statement, the city-owned and operated facility exists “to educate … through quality exhibitions from all periods, cultures and media … and to collect, conserve, inventory, exhibit and interpret art and artifacts from Utah and the West.”

For more information about this and other “3rd Thursday Art Conversations,” the “Here Comes the Gown: 150 Years of Wedding Dresses” and the “In/Visible: Weddings and Immigration” exhibits both currently on display, or the upcoming Soup N’ Bowl fundraising event on March 6, 2015, call the St. George Art Museum at telephone 435-627-4525.

Event details

  • What: “3rd Thursday Art Conversation”
  • When: Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
  • Where: St. George Art Museum, 47 E. 2100 N., St. George
  • Cost of Admission: Free


  • St. George Art Museum | Hours Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Address: 47 E. 200 N. | Telephone 435-627-4525 | City of St. George Art Museum Web page
  •  “Here comes the gown” exhibit at St. George Art Museum – Web page

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