This September and October, we’re thrilled to showcase a unique art exhibition titled “From Rags to Stitches” by Patricia Brown.

Exhibit: September – October 2023
Reception/Artist Talk: October 5, 6-7pm; artist talk follows 7-8pm
Register: Call the Library at 607-533-4939 or stop by the front desk

Patricia’s pieces are more than just art – they are a journey through time. Originating as t-shirts from shows and events she had been a part of nearly two decades ago, these cloths bear the silent testament of her artistic journey. As Patricia worked on her abstract paintings, these t-shirts morphed into paint rags, collecting memories and traces of each artwork they helped create.

But these aren’t just any rags. They’ve captured moments of Patricia’s artistry – smudges, wipes, smears. And as the years passed, Patricia began to see more than just functional pieces; she saw a canvas showcasing her studio processes. Tucked away in a paint bucket, they waited for their second life.

Today, they’ve been transformed yet again. With every stitch, Patricia honors the history and structure of each rag, finding beauty in what most would disregard.

Join us for an intimate Reception and Artist Talk on October 5th from 6-7pm and delve deeper into Patricia’s process from 7-8pm. See you there!

About the Artist

Until recently, Patricia Brown was a long time Lansing resident. Brown taught art at Lansing High School for over 17 years. She is an artist member of State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca NY, where she shows regularly. More of her work can be seen at An article about From Rags to Stitches was published through Textile Artist, an online magazine and stitching community, is found at

Patricia Brown‘s drawings, paintings, collages, stitchery and mixed media assemblages have been shown in venues such as the Spool Factory, Russell Sage College Gallery, Foreman Gallery, Yeager Museum, Impact Gallery, Center Way Gallery, WomanMade Gallery and the Cooperstown Art Association. Her artwork has been printed and reviewed in a variety of artistic, journalistic and academic publications such as, Somerset Studio, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Mother Tongue Ink, NYSATA News, and Museo Dei Tarocci. Her “In Motion” drawings were published in Traveling through Glass, with poet Lisa Harris through Cayuga Lake Books in 2017.