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“Feature Exhibit: Maine – Historic Maine Fiber Art, Artists & Wicked Tales!" Gallery Talk (This is a Slide Show Presentation.) 2022

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Kathy Wright

Evening Gallery Talk

Dates: Friday, August 19, 2022 

Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Class Fee:
$35.00 / Sauder Village Members $30.00
Supply Fee:
Founder’s Hall – Exhibit Hall
Teacher’s Website:


This slide show presentation will take you back in time to the roots of Maine hooked rugs. We will cover some of the icons like: Edward Sands Frost, Joan Moshimer, the Cushings, & William Winthrop Kent, plus organizations like: Cranberry Island Hooked Rugs, Maine Seacoast Mission Rugs & Waldoboro rugs., We’ll pay tribute to Maine hooked rug historian & author of Rug Hooking in Maine 1838-1940 - Mildred Cole Péladeau & look at her personal hooked rug collection. We’ll look at the significant work of fiber artists like Marguerite Zorach & her daughter Dahlov Ipcar. We’ll talk about more recent Maine rug hookers like Barbara Merry, her rugs are showing up in auctions everywhere. And finally travel back to 1800 to discuss Lucy Trask Barnard, one of the most famous, documented, & valuable hooked rug collections – four of which are found in the Metropolitan Museum of art, another two are in the Farnsworth Museum, & we are honored to have them in our Feature Exhibit this year! Maine is a hot bed of hooked rug & fiber art history. Come hear the Wicked Tales, meet these innovative figures, see some amazing photos, & a few surprises too!  

Follow this link to the Feature Exhibit webpage for more information.

Speakers & Curators: Kathy Wright, Author, Editor & Publisher, Rug Hooking Traditions book series

Gallery Talks-
Each year we present significant collections of work featuring noteworthy artists – both contemporary and historic. These collections offer interesting topics, remarkable techniques, geographic influences, and fascinating stories. Gallery Talks are a rare opportunity to see the exhibits through the eyes of the designer, creator, curator, authority, or descendant. Gallery Talks are also an exceptional learning tool -- learn how to take the aspects that you admire and apply them to your own work. Or if you are a collector, learn more about the rugs you are collecting.

This presentation will take place in the exhibit hall, so that the speakers can refer to individual rugs, discuss interesting details and reveal little known facts. At the end of the Gallery Talk, the speakers will be happy to answer your questions -- so come prepared. Seating will be provided for evening Gallery talks, but not for morning Gallery Talks, unless requested.

Participants are welcome to take photos during Gallery Talks, but no video records, unless requested in advance and authorized.


Gallery-talk-rug-hooking-weekFor more information on Exhibits and Speakers, please see the Exhibit page. For classes relevant to these exhibits, please see our Retreat and Workshop pages. 

Teacher will contact students prior to class: No 

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior rug hooking knowledge or experience required.  

Supply description: None

Students Need to Bring: Optional: Pen and paper for notes.



Gallery Talk registration may be completed in person at Founder’s Hall Information Table, Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cash, Check or Credit Card payment will be accepted.

“Trio of Dimensional Halloween Pins” with Cheryl Bollenbach ($65 fee, evening class, Thursday, August 17) is the only class with additional openings. Registration will be accepted in person at the Founder’s Hall Information Table up until noon on Thursday, August 17th.

Thank you for making this a SOLD OUT year for so many of our classes.