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The Museum & Fibre Art Market is open for the 2016 season
daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
VOLUNTEERING: If you have reached our site through the Connecting Communities Bulletin Board please click here for our Volunteer Contact Form.
What's new for 2016?
Thanks to a grant from HRM and Deputy Mayor Matt Whitman, we now have a bright new sign outdoors and have had work done to our ventilation system resulting in a much quieter environment for our upcoming hook-ins and workshops!
New work has been hung in the New Brunswick Gallery; there is an exhibit by the Nicholsville Rug Rats from the NS valley, and from the Friends Hook Nook Group, Springhill, NS; and the North American Gallery has an exhibit of Pearl K. McGown's rugs and patterns.
The Cheticamp exhibit has moved to the Interpretive Centre and features a hooked piece of Lord Beaverbrook by Elizabeth Lefort.
The rugs from our Rug Hooking Artists of the Year have been hung on the auditorium walls.
We look forward to seeing you this year!
The Board of Directors of HRMNA are pleased to announce the 2016 Rug Hooking Artists of the Year: our Canadian artist is Deanne Fitzpatrick from Amherst, Nova Scotia; and our International artist is Susan Morin from Georgia, USA. Biographies of both artists can be found here.
Left: Susan Morin accepts her plaque for International Rug Hooking Artist of the Year for 2016. Pictured here with Founding Director Suzanne Conrod and Treasurer Sherry Chandler.o follow at a later date.
All hook-ins and workshops have ended for the 2016 season. Event photos are here.
Visitors to the Museum in August/September 2016:
Susan Sutherland, Baden, OT (right), visited the museum in September and donated this antique rug. It is a unique Canadian rug that she had purchased from Shirley Lyons and is at least 100 years old. Susan is a long time rug hooker and rug hooking teacher. She loves the history of rug hooking and is thrilled that it has and is evolving into an art form and that we have the Museum to preserve the history of this Canadian craft. As she was leaving the museum she presented Found Director Suzanne Conrod (left) with a donation of $3000.00. HRMNA is very grateful for her kind donation. Thank you Susan!
Left: Brigitte Webb from Scotland was here visiting family and attended the Little Town Workshop at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America. Her rugs where recently featured in the book "Story Rugs and their Storytellers" on pages 40-41 by author Paulette Hackman.
Right: Mora Ballantyne from Sydney, NS dropped in for a visit on August 31st. Mora is a member of the Rug Hooking Guild of NS and she started this project at rug school in 2015 in a Mary Grant workshop. She is doing a Waldboro style interpretation of an antique Rittermere pattern and her sculpting is beautiful. All the fruits are done in eight values. It is a stunning piece!
Visitors to the Museum in July 2016:
Today (July 9th) four ladies from Dartmouth arrived at the museum with a beautiful Grenfell hooked rug. They were the MacNeil sisters, Pam, Janet and Karen, and their sister-in-law Debbie Fraser. The rug was gifted to their mother, Alice MacNeil (Power), 75 years ago by a merchant mariner. Their mother was a young woman at the time who lived in Halifax and worked at Moirs. The merchant mariner often visited a woman and her family who resided in the same building as Ms. Power. Ms. Power did not know the gentleman and it is unknown why he gave her the rug. She never saw him again. The beauty of this piece is that the dogs are covered with seal skin.
Visitors to the Museum in June 2016:
HRM Deputy Major Matt Whitman and Founding Director Suzanne Conrod
Deputy Mayor Matt Whitman dropped in for a visit at our first hook-in of the season. Our 60+ participants were enjoying a noise free atmosphere; thanks to a Halifax Community Grant we were able to install new acoustically lined ductwork to our heat pump. We would also like to thank our Deputy Major for his assistance in providing us with audio visual equipment which is a great aid to our workshop teachers helping them to perform in a more professional manner during their workshops, to be understood by all students and to be able to provide audio visual instructions. The wireless microphones enable everyone to hear us during guided tours. The Board of Directors of the Museum and our volunteers are extremely grateful for all the help that HRM has provided to us since our opening.
Rug Hooking Artist of the Year Deanne Fitzpatrick visited the museum during the June 18th hook-in and held a book-signing for her new book "Simply Modern". She is shown here with Founding Director of HRMNA Suzanne Conrod.
Jeanette Bomberger from Mount Joy, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania stopped in for a visit as well. Shown here with Director Sherry Chandler and Founding Director Suzanne Conrod. They have several mutual rug hooking friends in the US.
Visitors to the Museum in May 2016:
A few of the women from the US who are attending the Rug Hooking Guild of NS hooking school in Halifax came out to visit the museum on our first day of the season.
Joyce Dodson, MA; Donna Stone, TX; Sandra Kellar, TX; Margaret Bedle, TX; and Karen Maddox, TX
Wonderful Things to Come:
Director at Large Erin McKenna has an exciting new project slated for 2017 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Ganong Brother's of N.B. "Delecto" chocolates. For more information on this project please go to the "Delecto" Events page.
With several of our Directors At Large from across the border visiting the museum in September it was a wonderful opportunity for a photo. We would like to thank everyone who visited the Market Place and Museum this season as well as all those who attended our Fun Fibre Thursday drop-ins and our monthly Hook-Ins. Your support is greatly appreciated.
From left: Linda Crowell , Director and Events Coordinator; Gene Shepherd - Director at Large, (CA), Phyllis Lindblade - Director at Large (MI), Susan Lord, Director and Webmaster; Founding Director and Chairwoman Suzanne Conrod, Lauri Troutman - Director at Large (MA), Sherry Chandler, Director and Treasurer; and Catherine Clute, Director and Secretary
A Calendar of our Events can also be found on the Community Connect webpage. Click on the Calendar button and select Hooked Rug Museum as the location.
There is no admission to Fibre Art Market portion of the museum and all shopping is tax-free. Come in and see our hundreds of hooked rugs, books, hooking kits, wool and much more!
Entering the museum you are plunged into the history of the art of rug hooking in the Interpretive Centre which focuses on the beginning of rug hooking in North America. Visitors to the museum will learn the names of famous rug hooking artists. Names like Burnham, Frost, Turner, Tremblay, Mowat, Garrett and many more. (The banner image above depicts the sides and front of the bottom of Noah's Ark. To see the Ark and all it's hooked animals please drop into the museum. Museum rates apply to the museum galleries and exhibits.)
Museum Admission Fees
General Admission $7.00; Seniors and Students $5.00; Children under 5 years of age are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.