Clarksville, Ark. --- The University of the Ozarks' Stephens Art Gallery will host the exhibit "Arkansas Rug Hooking: Tradition and Innovation" throughout the month of September as part of the university's Artist of the Month series.
The exhibit will run from Sept. 1-25 in the Stephens Gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.
Rug hooking is a craft where rugs are made by pulling loops of yarn or fabric through a stiff woven base, such as burlap or linen. Rug-hooking has been popular in the United States for more than 200 years.
The Arkansas Rug Hooking exhibit will feature art from five Arkansans: Aileen Anderson of Hot Springs Village, Vicki Hardcastle of Eureka Springs, Wilma Hill of Fort Smith, Laura Thompson of Deer and Karen Williams of Hot Springs Village.
Anderson originally trained in drapery construction in Memphis and teaches rug hooking at the Ozark Mountain Folk Center. The owner of Bear Creek Rugs in Hot Springs Village, she is a McGown certified hooking teaching with 12 years of teaching and designing experience.
Originally from Oklahoma, Hardcastle has eight years of rug hooking and teaching experience. She is the director of the annual Eureka Springs Rug Hook-In and directs hooking workshops. One of her creations, “The Sun,” has been published in Rug Hooking Magazine.