“Final Threads With Sandra Leonard”

“Final Threads With Sandra Leonard” will be part of the closing reception for “Threads of Imagination,” an exhibit at the Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley Ave., on Friday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information or reservations, call (773) 881-1675 or email ridgehistory@hotmail.com.

The closing reception for “Threads of Imagination,” the exhibit at the Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley Ave., will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The event is titled “Final Threads With Sandra Leonard.”

She creates costumes that turn the human form into living sculpture. Performance artists arrayed in some of Leonard’s creations will interact with the guests. Leonard’s work appears internationally in performance art productions, improvised theater, alternative fashion shows and installation projects.

The reception will be the last opportunity to view “Threads of Imagination,” which looks at the intersection of fashion, art and business through the creative work of five Beverly artists. Featured are Madame Alla Ripley, a famous and historic fashion designer and savvy businesswoman who lived in Beverly 100 years ago, and four current artists.

Judie Anderson displays a selection of her fashion illustrations from the 1960s-70s. Nicole Burns, of NiBu Design, shares her eclectic artwork inspired by vintage fabrics and her collection of antique sewing items. Maggie O’Reilly showcases items from her two entrepreneurial companies—Maggy May, a line of girls clothing, and The Mayta Collection of personal and home accessories produced by artisans in Peru and Morocco through fair-trade agreements.

Those three artists were profiled in recent programs and plan to attend the reception on Jan. 17, when Leonard will be profiled.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

For more information or reservations, call (773) 881-1675 or email ridgehistory@hotmail.com.