Featured Exhibits pay tribute to the work of outstanding contemporary and historic artists. Each of these extensive collections offers a wonderful and rare opportunity to study closely the techniques, colors, designs, materials, and the in-depth story of talented artists.
Rug Hooking Week offers classes relevant to these exhibits so that you may gain insight and learn techniques directly from the artist, authority or curator. You will find more information on the classes listed with each exhibit and on the Retreat and Workshop pages.
Men have played a significant role in art since the dawn of time. Rug Hooking and textile art is no different. This Feature Exhibit explores the contributions of contemporary and historic men. We have invited all men to submit a piece of their work along with their story. In addition, we will also present a number of spotlight collections --- a representation of the designs, creativity, and techniques of men who are dedicated to this art form.
In addition to rug hooking artists, men have played a major role in both collecting and selling hooked rugs in America. This Feature Exhibit gathers hooked rugs from the private collections of notable collectors and antique dealers. They will share their stories, expertise, and background from many years of collecting, selling, and observing the trends of the market and historic relevance of hooked rugs.
Tools of the Trade
If not for tools, supplies, equipment, patterns, dyes, materials, etc.…we would not be able to hook rugs. Who are the men who design and make these tools? On display will be historic and contemporary hooks, frames, patterns, cutters, and many other tools of the trade along with the maker’s story. From the early merchants like Edward Sands Frost of Maine and Ebenezer Ross of Toledo, Ohio to the contemporary designers and makers of your favorite hooks and frames.
Curator – Kathy Wright