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The Gator Group Rug Hookers is honored to present local artist Marta Grinberg’s beautiful works of art from 10am to 4pm March 16, 2024, in the fellowship hall of the Sebastian United Methodist Church. The art of Traditional Rug Hooking will be demonstrated by members of the Gator Group. Alaina Trout, another local artist, will have hand dyed wool for sale.
Since I was a child, I liked all kinds of crafts. Sewing, knitting and needle point were some of them. In my thirties a different craft caught my eye because it embraced big doses of personal creativity. That craft was Rug Hooking.
It was during lunch hour in 1984, that I saw one of my friends working on a reasonable size rug with a different technique from all the ones that I had seen before (it was not latch hook). Her name was Nancy Reynolds and she explained the craft, materials, the dyeing techniques, and finally the source where I could get the skills to develop a “Rug Hooking” project. She brought me as a guest to one of her classes and it was there that I met my mentor: BJ Andreas.
From that first moment I felt attached to the craft. My first project was a primitive flower, a Jane McGown Flynn design, “Heritage Tulips.” Wanting to learn different techniques I next picked a fine shading project from Joan Moshimer, “Fruit Bell Pull.” I wanted to learn all the techniques, wide cut, fine cut, shading, orientals, geometrics, mono-chromatics, dyeing, etc., and subsequent projects were selected from the most well- known designers at the time. I registered for classes and rug camps with the most qualified rug hooking teachers, and had the opportunity to be a student of Betty Morning, Margaret Howell, Jane King, Pat Chancey, Connie Charlson, Betty Maley, Edith Gerver, Ann Eastwood and many more. Later in my experience with rug hooking color planning for my own projects as well as those of my friends began to take a very important role.
By 1992 two of my class companions encouraged me to become a certified McGown instructor. BJ Andreas and Pam Smith sponsored me at the Southeastern McGown Teacher’s Workshop. I completed many rugs as part of the certification process in the different styles and within a couple of years I became a Certified McGown teacher.
40 years have passed since I saw Nancy hooking her own design, and I still feel as attached to the art as I did that very first moment. Traditional Rug Hooking for me is a time of relaxation and allows me to develop my creative spirit; it makes me feel good.
Meet Marta from 2pm – 3pm and listen to a discussion of some of her works and experience in creating hooked masterpieces.
There is no charge for the event. A free will offering will be collected at the door for the benefit of the church.