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Guild members demonstrating at the NJ State History Fair. From left to right – Martha Thieling, Joyce Combs & Cindy Boults.
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From the Presidents' Corner

June 2014

Wow. Hard to believe we are heading into June, and into summer. Where has the time gone?!? And what have we accomplished? What are our hopes and expectations for the summer?

Past — A good number of us went to the Barnes Foundation Museum on May 9, and what a trip that was! We started off by going to the Reading Terminal, a food fest if there ever was one —- sensory overload to the greatest degree. I have never seen so many food stalls, offering so many items, every one of which was a tempting delight. I could have eaten until I exploded; there were so many things that looked and smelled so good. This was followed by walking around the area to help digestion. If you have never been to the Reading Terminal, you HAVE TO go.

Then we boarded the bus and headed to the Barnes. And what a treat that was. After an introductory video, we were taken to the two floors to peruse the exhibit at our own pace. There were many, many Renoir’s –I had no idea his paintings were so huge; there were paintings by Cezanne, Glackens, Matisse, Picasso, Modigliani, and more; a collection of African art, Pennsylvania German and Dutch pieces, lots of post-industrial work. It was utterly fascinating, and utterly incredible.

If you went on the trip, what was your favorite piece? Has it inspired a pattern? Mine was a Pennsylvania Dutch chest with a heart design. (There are images of many of the items in the internet in Google images). If you have never been to the Barnes Foundation Museum, you owe it to yourself to spend some time there. I found that I was overloaded in about 90 minutes (too much good art on top of good food?). That is a good piece of information for me when planning trips to places like that—don’t plan on spending all day at the Louvre, for example.

Present — Our June meeting will be held at our alternate location (the Police Station), and it will be a different kind of year-end get-together. We will hold the balance of the January auction, which got snowed out for the most part. We will be doing something different for the “picnic” this time—see the article in the program section—and email or call Ellen DiClemente to tell her if you plan to attend.

We also need to fill the Special Events Coordinator position. Please volunteer—it is not a hard or time consuming job, and it is a necessary one or we end up with scheduling conflicts.

Future — My future holds a move (May 29) to Allentown, NJ, and then a summer of unpacking and traveling. My motto during the past few weeks of scrutinizing everything I own to decide if I keep it or not, has been “Packing all day, drinking all night”. By 5 pm every day I am exhausted. I have pared down my stash (I would like to say that I have slashed my stash, but I still have so much), but I know that it will all fit in the new storage room. But I don’t know where my husband will put his stuff. I have come across several file folders of pattern ideas I have had over the years. So many ideas, so little time. How are you doing with your ideas for a camp rug? Are you traveling this summer? Camp seems so distant, and yet it will be upon us in no time.

Thank you for entrusting me with co-running the Guild again, with my trusty side-kick, Therese. I am looking forward to cementing the changes that Therese and Cindy made to the Guild and to our programs. It’s all good.

— Weezie and Therese

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The Hunterdon County Rug Artisans Guild was founded in April 1977. We currently have over 100 members from nine states. The mission of the Guild is to perpetuate the tradition and art of rug hooking, to encourage creativity, to provide the means for an exchange of ideas and information and to promote educational activities to enhance the interest in rug hooking. Monthly meetings in Flemington, New Jersey offer programs for someone new to rug hooking as well as the seasoned artisan. Members have opportunities to participate in hooking demonstrations, rug exhibits, rug camps and “hook-ins”. A supportive environment is provided for those new to the craft and for those looking to refine their technique. New members are always welcome!

For more information, please contact Weezie Huntington at weezie711@gmail.com or Therese Shick at etshick@gmail.com

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