I love the colourful trees and cooler nights of fall. It’s the time of harvests and cozy curling up with a mat – currently hooking a Maud Lewis pattern I bought at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America in Queensland/Chester, Nova Scotia. Delightful visit; I got to their September hook-in and met up with email and blog friends, plus reconnected with others. What a wonderful world the rughooking community is! Gene Shepherd was there (a Director at Large of the HRMNA), Lucy Richard (of Wooly Mason Jar Dyeing), Lauri Troutman, Doug Rankin (of Highland Heart Hookery), all the Museum team – totally volunteer! – and so many more. The rugs being hooked were terrific, of course and the people friendly and enthusiastic. A wonderful day.
I also got out on the water for a lovely afternoon sail – and I was handed the tiller for the homeward journey! Lovely. Reconnected with friends and met new ones. Chester is a delightful place to visit; a bustle and freshness that only comes by the sea. It will have to hold me for another year.
‘My’ Maud Lewis is entitled: Model T on Tour. It would make a great wedding gift, I think. Fun to hook, as there is really no shading – just a little variation in the grass; otherwise, solid blocks of colour. Maud Lewis was an amazing woman, painting her heart out everywhere and on everything she could get her hands on. Her little painted house is now in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS (Canada) and it’s quite incredible that she painted so much and so often. The tiny house had no plumbing or electricity (in the mid-twentieth century, in Marshalltown, NS) but she and her husband Everett managed to live there for 32 years.
There was a wonderful fundraiser in Yarmouth NS this summer – Maudified Houses were painted by various individuals and groups, then erected around town and auctioned off at the end of the summer. The Friends of Yarmouth Art Gallery pronounced it a resounding success, raising nearly $20,000. Years after her death in 1970, Maud is still making smiles and being a very positive presence in the Canadian Maritimes and further afield. Her art is now highly collectible; though her work goes for many many times more than she ever received for it, her creative light continues to shine. It made her happy to make others happy, so her legacy is fitting. Maud’s folk art is supremely cheerful.