This morning his guest was the founder of the North American Rug Hooking Museum Hugh Conrad, promoting the grand opening of the Museum and all the hard work that brought them to this day. The opening is by invitation only but they will be open 7 days a week up until Thanksgiving so there is plenty of time to drop by to find out how rich our North American rug hooking history has been.
Over the last few days I've had a number of people through the door on their way to the museum for the fanfare. Americans and Ontario hookers are flooding the area this weekend so I hope to see a few old friends and maybe make a few new. Yesterday Mary Sheppard Burton's granddaughter and a friend were in, they both bought one of the Scott Hooks, a colourful reminder of their trip to Mahone Bay. Mary Sheppard Burton was responsible for the creation of Noah's Ark that is on display at the museum, a definite must see, A number of her pieces are there, unfortunately she will be posthumously admired but her work lives on to be treasured. I never met her but have her fabulous coffee table book showcasing her amazing talent as a rug hooker and artist.
"Noah's Ark" is a magnificent multi-media production combining both ceramics, wood burning, and rug hooking. It was created by Mary Sheppard Burton (noted USA Rug Hooking artist) and Leonard E. Feenan (distinguished artist) with the involvement of more than 20 rug hookers from both the United States and Canada. It has had several debuts including: the 2009 TIGER Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Hooking by the River in Charlestown, WV, a local museum in Charlestown, WV, 2010 Sauder Village Show in Archbold, OH, and at Halton Hills Cultural Centre Gallery in Georgetown, Ontario.
It has been transported to Queensland, Nova Scotia where it will be permanently displayed at the newly created Hooked Rug Museum of North America (founded by Suzanne Conrod). The Ark's creators have been strong supporters of the Hooked Rug Museum. The pairs combined skills and devotion to rug hooking and its evolvement to a fine art level are epitomized in the contribution of the Noah's Ark masterpiece HRMNA's permanent collection. The museum will showcase some two to three centuries of the crafts evolvement in fine art from a utilitarian purpose introduced by early European settlement.
With all this rain preventing getting outside with trowel and spade, the weeds won the race for dominance. I have dandelions that are almost four feet high with seed globes that will ensure coating the entire area for a hardy crop next year. Too many to make salad with, the only way I know how to get even because any kind of weed killer is out of the question. Most of my revenge is physical, yanking them out by the roots. I don't mind the ones on the lawn, you have to get along with nature, but if they grow in amongst my darling flowering plants I grow incensed as they grow bigger than life. I'll spend a few hours this evening pulling them out of the ground, the roots probably a foot long and resistant. A good workout for sure. At least weeds of that size make easy work,each one pulled will clear an area of about one square foot!