In recognition of Polish American Heritage Month, Edgewater Branch hosts an exhibit featuring artist Renata Maliszewski from October 1 through December 31.
"I am from Krakow, Poland, a place filled with rich culture and hardworking, creative people. My sewing skills began there as well. I came to Chicago and never left. A home away from home, I found love, higher education and, finally, the time to go back to what I enjoy! With beads and my sewing skills, I am able to capture beautiful moments and scenery from the city I now call home.
"My passion for beading all began after my son’s wedding. It started with a sample wedding dress bought off-the-rack by my daughter-in-law. The beadwork was destroyed after many different women trying it on. This was the first time I had beaded clothing, and we were both pleasantly surprised with how beautiful it turned out. My daughter-in-law was so happy to have an original design and to have as much beadwork as a couture gown! Since fixing the wedding dress, I have been beading and creating different pieces of unique artwork."