Monday, January 21, 2013

Mary Sheppard Burton: American Folklife Center collection

Oh, this is so wonderful!  

Thank you, Lenny Feenan for sharing this with us!

For those of you who do not know, Mary Sheppard Burton has a collection of 12 rugs on permanent collection at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. 

A friend recommended to post this because one of the reasons the library fell in love with Mary was because of her rug 'A Chicken in Every Pot', it is a scene of the presidential inauguration of Herbert Hoover in 1929. The rug and Mary's story of it can be viewed here as well as the other 11 rugs in the collection. 

I made plenty of trips to the Jefferson building to assist Mary with the Library interviews when the acquired the collection. Rug Hooking groups can request a collection viewing by calling and scheduling a visit with the American Folklife Center director. And if you have not toured the Jefferson building, it is wonderful. Yes, this means the Mary Sheppard Burton is a recognized American folk artist.

You can see the rugs in two sizes, and even zoom in closer to view the loops.

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