February 25, 2018
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Rugs from Maine’s Islands, and the Heart

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BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library teams with the Sea Coast Mission on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. to host Judy Burger-Gossart as she shares the story of the fierce women who launched the Sea Coast Mission’s rug-hooking program. They ended up making fantastic works of art, along with making history.
“It’s the story of the power of the human spirit overcoming adversity and finding joy and fulfillment in the ordinary and every day,” said Ms. Burger-Gossart.
Some of the rugs – which are now collector’s items – will be on display at the Jesup that evening.
In the 1920s and 1930s, “Alice M. Peasley had the audacity to challenge the status quo – and she succeeded,” said Ms. Burger-Gossart. “She organized women all up and down the Maine coast, gave them a sense of purpose, taught them how to hook rugs, helped them sell their rugs and put money in their hands; but most important of all, she encouraged creativity and playfulness in their work. She taught the women to see the beauty that surrounded them every day, then take strength from that new vision.”
Ms. Burger-Gossart studied American culture and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1965, later receiving a master’s degree in history at Columbia University. The daughter of two rug hookers, she designs and hooks rugs, and has been the curator of hooked rug exhibitions and catalogues. She has written articles for The Magazine Antiques and Rug Hooking Magazine. She lives in Salisbury Cove and is writing a book about Maine Sea Coast Mission hooked rugs.
This presentation is free and open to all.