The Barn Raising Project

Monday, April 10, 2017 to Friday, May 19, 2017
In 2011 The Huronia Branch of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild put out a call to rug hookers across Canada for works celebrating the barn. The result was 68 entries of which 40 were selected for a travelling exhibition. 
 

Each artist selected a barn building with special significance to them, many choose the barn on the farm where they live; others hooked barns fondly remembered from childhood or mythical barns, dreamed of but never built. Still others were selected simply because they made for a picturesque landscape. While many of the barns are located in the rural areas around Lake Simcoe, others hail from as far as BC, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.  

A highlight of the show is a Southwold barn scene hooked by the members of the Museum’s own rug hooking club, Memories in Wool, just for this show. 

A second collection of textile art is being exhibited along with the rugs. Members of the Elgin Piecemakers Quilt Guild have each produced a quilted cushion reflecting on what the 150th anniversary of Confederation means to them.
 
The hooked rugs exhibit is organized and circulated by the Simcoe County Museum.

Photo:

39545 Fingal Line Southwold, 2017 based on a photo by Jan Row. Hooked by members of the "Memories in Wool" Rug Hooking Group’ of Elgin County for the Elgin County Museum