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Feature Exhibits

for Rug Hooking Week 2020


Feature 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.

Hooked Artwork Inspired by David Galchutt

Hooked-artwork-Celebration-29-Rug-Hooking-MagazineThis Feature Exhibit showcases hooked artwork inspired by David Galchutt’s outstanding illustrations and paintings. Since 2014, more than seventy-five of David’s designs have been transformed into hooking patterns by LC’s Wool ‘n Silk. This hooked collection was created by talented artists across the country, who skillfully used fibers to capture David’s incredible details and wonderfully imaginative subjects.

Several of the hooked works have been featured in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs and Rug Hooking Magazine. Some are framed to be displayed like paintings, while others are multi-dimensional decor, like footstools.

David Galchutt is a native southern Californian, who has been living on the Oregon coast for about six years. He was an illustrator for over 30 years and designer in the giftware industry, all while pursuing his own art.

Sun-amongst-balloons-hooked-rugThe inspiration for David’s work comes from many places like nature and travel, to name a few. As he travels, he takes countless photos of landscapes, old buildings, and even fashion design elements, which sometimes find their way into his children’s book illustrations as animals in fancy clothing. One might think his work is computer generated, but not true, David draws and paints each intricate detail - once done in water-based paints, he now prefers oil paints.


Leanne Sitler

(This is a juried exhibit, please contact Leanne at by April 15, 2020, if you would like to submit your David Galchutt hooked work for consideration.)

Classes:  To accompany this Feature Exhibit, we are offering a Retreat and Gallery Talk, for more information see our Retreat and Workshop pages.

Maine Fiberarts

Maine-rug-hookingThis Feature Exhibit is a collection of outstanding work by Maine textile and fiber artists. The collection includes hooked, braiding, needle felting, needle punch, proddy, punch hooking, quilling, ruching, shearing, and appliqué art, but other fiber mediums and materials will also be on exhibit.

Maine Fiberarts was formed to support Maine fiber and the fiber community both within and beyond Maine by hosting exhibitions, organizing studio tours, representing work to the public, maintaining a presence at art and agricultural events, and networking opportunities.

Maine Fiberarts is a statewide nonprofit membership organization formed in 2000. They welcome members who love and support fiber art and farms and the producers, makers and consumers who keep this wonderful and useful industry alive and prospering in Maine. Supported by members, organizations, and foundations dedicated to the arts and cultural heritage as well as sustainable agriculture and marketing.

Maine-yarn-woolBy creating awareness of these arts and activities, they support Maine’s economy, enrich its cultural life, and broaden the resources available.

Sheep-in-MaineCurator: Christine Macchi

Classes:  To accompany this Feature Exhibit, we are offering a Gallery Talk, for more information see our Workshop page.

WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL (& Invitational Exhibit)

womens-vote-centennial-archive-photoThis Feature Exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, granting American women the constitutional right to vote. Throughout our country, suffragettes protested, picketed, and were imprisoned to secure our precious right to vote.

We invite you to honor and celebration the participation of women in our democracy, the suffrage movement, our right to vote, both then and now…. by submitting your piece in this Feature Exhibit.

This Feature Exhibit will include several components:

Invitational Exhibit – Open to everyone. Your piece may be hooked, or you may use one or a combination of textile art techniques, such as:  braiding, needle felting, needle punch, proddy, punch hooking, quilling, ruching, shearing, or wool appliqué.

There are no Invitational Exhibit restrictions to size, shape, dimension (single or 3-D), or materials - however your piece must be registered online by JULY 1st under the Feature Exhibit + Women’s Vote Centennial-Invitational. (The piece does not need to be completed by July 1st only registered by that date.) Be sure to share background info on how and why your piece relates to the topic WOMEN'S VOTE CENTENNIAL in the “Interesting Information” box on the registration page – that info will appear on your Exhibit Card.

Amy-Mali-in-StudioAmi Mali Hicks – An American Suffragette, a founder and director of the National Society of Craftsmen, founder of Guild of Arts and Crafts of New York, founder and manager of Cranberry Island (Maine) rug industry, a trustee and treasurer of Free Acres, a writer, and an Artist of many mediums – including rug hooking.

Yes, some suffragettes were rug hooking artists and teachers!

woman-registered-to-vote-hooked-rugVotes for Women – a collection of hooked rugs by Norma Press:

“The topic Votes for Women is very close to me, literally and emotionally. Living in Central New York State, the epicenter of the American women's rights movement, I am surrounded by places where key events took place, and homes where leaders lived, and museums that tell their stories. Many of the early leaders were my “neighbors,” albeit a century or more ago - Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and more.”

“It took more than leaders to create a movement. Many women - privileged, middle class and struggling – understood the value of Votes for Women. They spoke up for it, and they created images to promote their cause, everything from their “protest” outfits to posters to pins to playing cards. These items ranged from simple and homemade to complex and commercial. What's compelling about these objects is that they were and are tangible representations of hopes and dreams. These items inspired me to hook a series of rugs and mats and to write an article for Rug Hooking magazine (Jan/Feb 2019).” ~ Norma Press

Classes:  To accompany this Feature Exhibit, we are offering a Gallery Talk, for more information see our Workshop page.