Friday, June 15, 2018

Rug Hooking on Display until June 28

Stop by to view Barbara Twigg's textured rug hooking pieces within the next two weeks! Her detailed work ranges from two-dimensional wall hangings to three-dimensional flowers and pillows. On display until June 28!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

On Display May 4 - June 28, 2018

Rug Hooking by Barbara Twigg
May 4, 2018 through June 28, 2018

"I began rug hooking over 26 years ago. When my twin boys were born, I did not have a rocking chair so my Grandmother gave me a beautiful old Stottlemyer rocking chair along with a rug that always sat in front. My Grandmother told me that my Great-grandmother made the rug. It was a geometric pattern with lots of bright colors. I didn’t understand how it was made just that I loved it. A couple of years later I found someone demonstrating at a local craft show how to make these beautiful rugs. I began taking classes and was “hooked”.

Rug hooking is a process of pulling different sizes, colors and textures of strips of fabric (usually wool) through a backing into loops to make a design. It has existed in the US for over 200 years. These designs were made out of whatever fabric and backing were available and used to cover the floors and sometimes even the bed.  Today they are often used on the wall as a work of art.

A few years ago I became McGown certified to teach rug hooking. I teach at a local shop in Frederick, MD called Primitive Homespuns Wool and Needleworks. I am also very active in our local rug hooking guild and love to demonstrate rug hooking at the local ag expo, fair, guild or really to anyone who has an interest. I have participated in many craft shows over the years and currently participate in two a year with a friend:  Boonsboro Days in Boonsboro, MD and at the mill at Waterford in Waterford, VA."
Barbara Twigg

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Currently On Display

March 2, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Debut Exhibition!
by Jim Klumpner

"I have drawn with pens and pencils all my life but started painting only two and a half years ago.  I am untutored in art and prefer to stay that way — at least for the present. For now, I would rather paint than take painting lessons.
There is a certain liberation that comes with being unschooled.  Lack of training forces me to experiment, and paintings typically take about a month to complete.  This opens the door to happy accidents, i.e. unintended results that enhance a work rather than diminish it.  Without schooling, one can’t knowingly make any mistakes.

These works have no titles.  Rather, they invite viewers to tell their own stories about what the surreal images signify.  When my works succeed, they enlist viewers’ own creativity in giving meaning to the strangeness.  They are like Rorschach tests, but without diagnostic purpose.

Before turning to art in retirement, I worked as an economist at the Commerce Department, the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, the House Budget Committee and the Senate Budget Committee.  I also wrote a book, Spoiling Affluence:  How Market Prosperity Limits Market Satisfactions (available from  And for 22 years, I directed Polyhymnia, an a cappella chamber choir, which I founded and which continues to charm Washington-area audiences under new leadership."
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