Elgin County Museum presents The Barn Raising Project
April 10 – 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
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.