READFIELD — A hooked rug exhibit will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Union Meeting House, 22 Church Road.

The exhibit will feature handmade hooked rugs, both old and contemporary, including rugs made in the Waldoboro area and considered among the finest hooked rugs ever created, according to a news release from show curator Mildred Cole Peladeau. Among the 19th- and early 20th-century rugs on display will be those that are hooked, yarn-sewn, shirred and punch needled, and unusual rugs such as one hooked with corn husks.

A number of historical hooked rugs will also be on display. These include a rare 19th-century hooked rug attributed to Lucy Trask Barnard of Dixfield Common. Other examples of Barnard’s rugs are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. There will also be work by Minnie Light of Burkettville, who made her first rug in 1880.

Peladeau, author of the book, “Rug Hooking in Maine, 1838-1940”, is curating the exhibit. She has previously organized two exhibitions on hooked rugs at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland as well as an exhibition at the American Textile Museum in Lowell, Mass.

Hooked rug artists are encouraged to bring their current work to display. Owners of old hooked rugs in good condition are also invited to bring these for display. Those who wish to bring rugs to display should drop them off between 7 and 9 a.m. Rugs must be removed after 3 p.m.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Donations are encouraged to benefit meeting house restoration. The exhibit will coincide with the town’s annual Heritage Day celebration.

For more information, call Joan Wiebe at 685-4725 or email [email protected]

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