The following three works were juried into exhibitions and/or publications this year. This exposes the traditional craft of rughooking to a contemporary art audience. Hope you can visit one or all of the exhibitions: State Museum, Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 304-558-0220 for hours Tamarack, One Tamarack Park, Beckley, WV 1-888-TAMARACK
June 19-Aug 13 Sauder Village, Archbold, OH www.Saudervillage.org Rug Hooking Week
Celebrations XXI published by Stackpole Books August 2011
A trip to Beckley means making a circle and coming back through Thomas, WV, visiting the MountainMade Gallery. Our work has been juried here since 2004 and we dropped off two of the “perfect” pieces which had been reviewed at Tamarack the day before. (See Fine Craft at Tamarack post)
A visit to the great Mountains of West Virginia this winter should take you to the Canaan Valley wonderland. While there a shopping trip to Thomas, and on the outskirts, the MountainMade Gallery to fill your home with West Virginia art is a must. The presentation of our work is spectacular, floating on clear glass shelves suspended from the previous factory high ceilings is shiny glassware. The pottery sits on hand carved wooden tables and our textiles warm the walls and furniture. Music plays and you can select food products too.
Finally! It took a year but on November 6, 2010 Jim and I travelled 5 hours to Beckley, WV to the afternoon session of jurying at TAMARACK-“the Best of West Virginia” and by 4:30 we got the good news: I was accepted for work in FINE CRAFT. Six pieces were reviewed for technique, materials, design and I received a perfect score from the jurors.
Rainbow of Trees by Susan L. Feller
This means that rughooking will be represented in upcoming gallery shows at TAMARACK. I am proud to represent this craftform to an audience geared toward seeing craft at its finest..as ART. The extra work I put into finishing the backs of the stretched pieces, and overall presentation added to the value and worth of the textiles. One fine artist when I showed her my stitched cloth backing, said “That looks professional.” I will share these tips with rughookers in upcoming workshops and to anyone who inquires here.