The premier issue came out this fall for FiberArtNow Magazine and it included two articles featuring RUGHOOKING! Liz Alpert Fay is introduced to the readership in her studio and the Beyond Rugs! contemporary exhibit at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland Maine is reviewed. TIGHR and myself placed advertisements in the first two issues and are pleased with the responses. See for yourself, and subscribe go to www.FiberArtNow.net
Contemporary textile artists using traditional forms of rug making are recognized in a major art Museum exhibit. The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland Maine opened their second collection focusing on rug hooking. The current show is up until February 5, 2012. Visit http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/ and select Beyond Rugs!for an online catalog. The curators’ statements address this monumental decision to highlight artists using fabric to portray personal and timely issues. The two images below are works by Susan included in the collection.
Again a great group of students and wonderful weather for the 47th Cedar Lakes Rug Camp in Ripley, WV. Registration for 2012 is open now. Contact Nancy Blair at email@example.com or call 616-895-6378. The dates are May 13-18, 2012.
Seems the theme for rug designs included birds, flowers and geometrics. Wow! Must have had some inspiration from the FRAKTURS. They sure did. We also learned about the elements and principles of design and used these lessons when looking at the rug exhibit on Wednesday.
Just received notice that “Winter in West Virginia” was accepted in the Inspired: A West Virginia Series of Juried Exhibitions Historic Buildings. The opening ceremony was on January 24, 2011 at the WV Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd, E. Charleston, WV. Show up through July 25.
Yes that is the Capitol of West Virginia! Visit www.wvculture.org, exhibits for details about hours of the Commissioner’s gallery.
This piece was one of the 6 works reviewed by jurors for TAMARACK for the category FINE CRAFT. It was created in 2009 for a travelling exhibit titled STRIPES. The artists from Japan and the United States each interpreted that word using some type of rughooking. I happily packed my work up and sent it off today, for one more leg of its journey. Japan, NJ, IN and now Charleston, WV. It is for sale, but I do hope to see its return at the end of the show, since the inspiration is a view right out our kitchen looking towards Short Mountain.
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.
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.
October 16th dawned a beautiful FALL day.
By noon 22 members and guests of the Mountain State Fiber Artists had arrived at Ruckman Mill Farm. They unloaded with desserts and salads (note the desserts were listed first, and were the most in both categories contributed). And also brought along finished hooked , needle work and quilted, items which were displayed on the front porch during our show and tell.
We have accepted the ATHA challenge to make a 9 x 12 mat inspired by the color RED. Completed pieces will be shown at the Morgan County Fair next August and then contributed by members to the ATHA Bi-Ennial in Lancaster, PA October 19-22 to benefit the Education Committee.
Last year we thought all the forces had gathered at Sauder Village in Archbold, OH for the Rug Hooking Week in a “perfect storm”. Well this year the exhibit was even better.
Starting with the pinnacle of inspiration: Noah’s Ark and the collection of works by Mary Sheppard Burton and Leonard Feenan as the featured exhibit. Although Mary had recently passed away, the retrospective included personal pieces never seen to the very last piece she was working on, being completed by her grand daughter, Jennifer Zamato who was in attendance.
Kathy Wright the event coordinator for Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village, pulled together several small collections including six rugs hooked by members of a close network. Each rug included elements worked by every one of the members. The owner started their rug and others knew the recipient well enough to either go along with their “likes” or play with this, responding directly to the work already on the piece. The visual step by step evolution of the rugs provided along side, added to viewers appreciation of the process.
Jim and I were thrilled with the turnout again, thousands annually make their treks to what is becoming, after fourteen years, the premier annual exhibit of hooked rugs in the United States. Friends who only see us here, to workshop attendees over the past year visited, shared their works and went home with more colorful wools, or new patterns.
We were invited back for the 15th Annual Rug Hooking Week, August 15-20, 2011. Go to www.saudervillage.com and review the Hooked Rug Week Special Events