New Exhibition at the Farnsworth — Beyond Rugs!

  • ROCKLAND, Maine
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  • September 09, 2011

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Tracy Jamar, Land Parcels Quad, 2009; #3 in Fly Over Land series; hand-hooked, appliquéd, machine stitched on monks cloth, wool and cotton fabric yarns, silk and fibers of unknown origin; 37”x37”; collection of the artist

On Saturday, September 24, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will be opening a new exhibition entitled Beyond Rugs! The exhibition is organized by guest curator Mildred Péladeau, author of Rug Hooking in Maine 1838-1940, and Farnsworth Assistant Curator Jane Bianco, and will be on display in the museum's Crosman Gallery through February 2012.

Beyond Rugs!, which follows last year's successful Rug Hooking in Maine and Beyond, explores the way the traditional art of hooking is evolving. No longer destined for the floor, hooked rugs today may be wall hangings, sculpture, or components of mixed media. These pieces announce social change and global issues, explore dreams, sexuality, personal crises, and reinterpret both abstract and realism in art. Through the imaginative use of unconventional materials, such as recycled plastics and newspapers, plant fibers, and brilliantly dyed threads, the artists have taken the art of rug hooking to a new and exciting place. The exhibition Beyond Rugs! is made possible by a grant from The Coby Foundation, Ltd. The primary media sponsor of Beyond Rugs! is Maine Home + Design

In association with this exhibition, there will be a lecture by fiber artist Liz Alpert Fay on September 24 at 2 p.m. in the Farnsworth auditorium. Beginning November 18, there will be a three-day Beginner Rug Hooking workshop with Gabrielle Wicklow. For more information regarding these programs please visit the museum's website at, or call 207-596-0949.


David Troup
Farnsworth Art Museum
207-596-6457 ext 128

Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
Rockland, Maine
About Farnsworth Art Museum

Celebrating Maine’s Role in American Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.

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