Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection

“…Gather Up the Fragments is a journey into the psyche of men and women living their calling with intent, dreaming of Heaven on Earth and dedicating themselves to using every fiber of themselves to make that happen…(it) is a sobering reminder of what human beings have allowed to slip away in his quest to take dominion over the earth. The exhibit invites one to take a moment and take it all in while we are screaming at the microwave to hurry up. The tradition of the Shakers is an example of the good that can be evident in man when he takes the time and effort to make it happen.”

– F. Daniel Kent, excerpt from Now Hear This! blog

“Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.”

– John 6:12, King James Version

Gather Up the Fragments tells the story of the first and most avid collectors of the Shaker art—Faith and Edward Deming Andrews. This exhibition of approximately 190 objects—including craft, and household objects such as textiles, baskets, kitchen implements, and furniture—is the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled, providing insight into the Andrews’ complex role as pioneers in the field of Shaker studies.

Organized by Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, this exhibition examines the full scope of the Andrews’ involvement with Shakerism—as scholars, collectors, and dealers. From the 1920s through the 1960s, they actively pursued Shaker objects, collecting mainly from the Shakers themselves. Through careful documentation and scholarship, they have illuminated these materials, and their collection has bequeathed to future generations the most comprehensive body of evidence on the culture of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing.

Number of Works:
Approximately 190 objects including furniture, textiles, household objects, and reproductions of Gift drawings
Organized by:
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Christian Goodwillie, former curator of Hancock Shaker Village
Approximate size:
3,500 square feet
Moderate security
Participation Fee:
IA&A makes all arrangements; exhibitors pay outgoing shipping costs within the contiguous U.S.
Booking Period:
12 weeks
February 2011 – April 2017
Fully Booked
Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection by Mario S. De Pillis and Christian Goodwillie
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