One of the special exhibits this year at Sauder was a display of tavern signs hooked by Karl and Mary Jo Gimber. I had 2 favorites, for very different reasons.
Silent Woman made me laugh. I can see this tavern full of men with no women allowed unless they were cooks or waitresses. The owner was probably not married. If he was married, then his wife must have had a good sense of humor. That's my guess.
Buckmans 1775 was my favorite tavern rug because it was so primitive and so perfect. The photo is not perfect as the rug was up high and hard to get a good photo.
Now onto a few great animal rugs.
Ram Tough by Michele Wise was a wonderful rug that I had seen before at Western McGown Teacher's Workshop, where Michele is the director. This rug is in Celebrations. Sometimes you see a rug and know it will be a winner. This was oe of those rugs. The variety of colors she used in this rug were perfect. I thought her rug was hung too low, but I know every rug can't be hung at the perfect height.
This gorilla was hooked by one of the retreat teachers...Judy Carter. If I'm wrong about that, I'm sorry, but I'm pretty sure she hooked this. She's an amazing hooker. I would love to take a class from her one day.
This was hooked by April DeConick, a workshop teacher. She used a wide variety of colors in this lion and it was beautiful.
I think this rhino rug was hooked by Jon Ciemiewicz. It looks like his work, but I didn't take notes and I can't read the tiny sign in the photo. He has a rug in Celebrations this year called Turtle Reflection. He's a great hooker and I've admired his work for years.
A wonderful bear rug. No info available.
Great sheep. No info available.
A whole wall of animals...with one butterfly.