Hooked rugs in Athens show

Hooked rugs in Athens show

March 2nd, 2012 by Staff Report in Chattnow Art

IF YOU GO

What: "Art Underfoot" exhibit.

When: Monday-March 28 (hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday).

Where: McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 W. Madison Ave., Athens, Tenn.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors and students.

Phone: 423-745-0329.

Website: www.livingheritagemuseum.com.

Hooked rugs, as well as wall hangings, pillows, footstools and other works, will go on display Monday as the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum opens its third annual "Art Underfoot" exhibit.

Originally rug hooking was a craft of the poor, who used scraps of wool to approximate the fancy floor coverings of the wealthy elite. It has been revived in contemporary decades as a highly respected art form.

"Art Underfoot" will showcase some of the region's most beautiful and interesting pieces, according to show organizers.

"Rug hooking is a wonderful example of how a historically significant art form is being reinterpreted and reinvented by modern-day artists," said Lisa Chastain, curator of collections and exhibits. "We're fortunate to once again have the opportunity to share some truly exquisite works of textile art in this exhibit."

Ashley Rush, the museum's executive director, said the exhibit offers a family-friendly way to experience the community's history and artistic heritage.

"Parents and children alike will enjoy seeing and touching these beautiful pieces of art," Rush said.

One visitor will get to take home the "Opportunity Rug." The rug, featuring a charming apple-shaped house, was created by nationally recognized rug-hooking expert Elaine Cathcart, who is also a member of the museum's board of trustees. Chances to win are available for a donation of $3 or two chances for $5. The winner of the rug will be announced on March 28, the exhibit's closing day.