Artistry of Hooked Rugs Show at Castle in the Clouds, Moultonborough, New Hampshire

This past weekend was my 50th birthday, and when asked what I would like to do I naturally answered that I would like to spend it with my family. Fortunately, three of my four sons are home for the summer. We went to Moultonborough, New Hampshire to see the Artistry of Hooked Rugs Show at Castle in the Clouds. This will be mostly a picture blog. I did not take a photo of every rug, and would encourage any of you near enough to get up there and see the show in person. It runs through June 29th. On the day we were there, the show was being tended by the very talented and knowledgeable Grace Collette of Raymond Rug Hooking. It was a pleasure to meet her and chat rugs with her, and also see a rug she has in process right now. Grace is using so many different materials and techniques in her new design, it was truly an inspiration to view. IMPORTANT NOTE: I am unable to tag each rug with its designer and maker. Please respect their originality and intellectual property by not copying any of their designs. I realize this goes without saying for most readers, but I feel I must reiterate it whenever I post pictures like this. In addition, some of these rugs are for sale, so if you really love it, hooker or not, why not support a fellow artist and purchase one? Without further ado, here are a handful of the fifty or so beautiful rugs on display.
CIC-10 This rug was my favorite. It is designed and hooked by Grace Collette. The motion in the sea is breathtaking, and she has used a variety of fibers to give it dimension and depth. She completely captured the scene, the mood, the darkness of the sky. Just...incredible.
CIC-7 I loved these irregularly shaped rugs.
CIC-5 Another by Grace Collette. Fantastic design and texture using a variety of materials.
CIC-3 I recognized the Lunenburg waterfront immediately when I saw this rug. My second son attends university in Nova Scotia, and we have been to Lunenburg on a number of occasions.
CIC-1 This fantastic pictorial of Tamworth, NH is for sale. If anyone is interested, please contact me and I will get the purchasing information on it.
CIC-9 No New England lake is complete without its loons.
CIC-8 Hello, bear...
CIC-6 Parcheesi anyone?
CIC-2 A wonderful, motion filled contemporary take on lupines. I loved this rug.
After we viewed the rug show, we took the Brook Trail just beyond the Carriage House for an easy to moderate hike. It was a beautiful day and I can not resist getting in to the woods when the opportunity arises. The Brook Trail at Castle in the Clouds has seven waterfalls along the way. I have pics of just a few of them for you here, but would encourage you to visit on your own. The main attraction at Castle in the Clouds is the early 20th century "castle" house itself. I had seen it before and was there primarily for the rug show, but if you'd like to view my pics from my trip to NH several years ago, that include in the first section Castle in the Clouds, click HERE.
CIC-17 My boys spotted this little guy just off the path.
CIC-11 CIC-12 CIC-13 CIC-14 CIC-15 CIC-16 There are plaques for each of the falls. Here are two: CIC-21 CIC-20 There is one week left to the Artistry of Hooked Rugs show, and, as you can see, many other things to do and see at Castle in the Clouds. I hope some of you can take a day to get up there. You will not regret it! Happy hooking! - Beth

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