Hookers & Lighthouses

Just over a year ago in June 2013, I was contacted by a lovely lady named Donna McGrath who is an active member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia.

Hello Lisa,
I’m a resident of Kentville NS and a rug hooker. The Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia is initiating a “Lighthouse Challenge” project for interested hookers to hook lighthouses of Nova Scotia. These hookings would eventually be displayed possibly at various venues during 2014-2015. Only members of the Guild are permitted to participate and an application/registration is required that includes a history of the lighthouse.
When I began thinking about the possibility of contributing to this project, I immediately thought of the Sandy Point Lighthouse, because it has a personal significance for me. My paternal grandmother, Nellie McGrath (nee King) was born and raised in Sandy Point and the Kings go back several generations in Shelburne county. I’ve driven past (and admired) this lighthouse many times during the past decade while researching the King family of Sandy Point and area.
My challenge is to find a photo of the lighthouse that would be suitable to use as a guide for hooking. I have studied quite a few, but your photo “After-the-Storm” with it’s perspective, varied colours and interesting content could make a lovely hooking. I’m wondering if I could obtain permission to use your photo as a guide for my hooking?

I was flattered to say the least, and said yes, of course. I then anxiously awaited the finished project.

Today I received an email from Donna with the following photos. The finished piece is absolutely beautiful!! But don’t take my word for it. See the photos below.

After the Storm photograph - Lisa Buchanan

After the Storm
original photograph
– Lisa Buchanan

My Grandmother's Lighthouse hooked rug - Donna McGrath

My Grandmother’s Lighthouse
hooked rug
– Donna McGrath

Rug hook artist, Donna McGrath and her completed piece

Rug hook artist, Donna McGrath, and her completed piece.

Back label of the complete hooked rug.

Back label of the completed hooked rug.

Needless to say, I was in awe of the workmanship. She has done such a lovely job.

Donna’s hooked rug and those of the other guild members will be displayed at various venues across Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick over the next year. Below is a schedule of the exhibits.

The Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia
Inline image 1
Lighthouse Project

Show Schedule

October 17, 2014: Official Launch at the RHGNS Annual General Meeting, Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth, NS 
October 21 – November 29, 2014:  Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro, NS (Official opening Saturday, October 25 at 1 p.m.)
December 1- 27, 2014:  Fredericton Public Library, Fredericton, New Brunswick
January 2 – January 15, 2015:  Antigonish Library, Antigonish, NS
January 16, 2015 – March 15, 2015:  Dartmouth Heritage Museum (Evergreen Place)
May 16 – June 21, 2015:  Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg, NS 
June 25 – August 9, 2015:  Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth, NS
August 15 – October 15, 2015:  J. Franklin Wright Gallery, Civic Center, Port Hawkesbury, NS
October 16, 2015: Lighthouses return to participants of the show.
The Lighthouse Committee
Chair:  Shirley I. Bradshaw
Committee members: Carol Harvey-Clark
      Linda Alderdice

If the other members’ hooked rugs are as beautifully done as Donna’s, I’m sure it would be well worth the trip to one of the venues to see them in person as photos are never as good as seeing them for yourself.

I’d like to thank Donna for using my photograph as inspiration for her artwork, and I wish her and all the other guild members of the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia a successful series of exhibits. I’m sure their work will bring smiles of pleasure and admiration to all viewing visitors.

Congratulations, Hookers!!

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5 Responses to Hookers & Lighthouses

  1. RC says:

    What a lovely piece. Beautiful photo and stunning work – too bad they aren’t on display in Shelburne too 🙂

  2. Dorothy MYHAL GELY says:

    Thank you for sharing the information, your beautiful photo including that of the rug hooked by Donna. I am a RHGNS member (living in Manitoba) and have submitted a lighthouse hooking for the displays. My husband and I lived in NS for almost 20 years (between 1988 and 2008) and have with us such wonderful memories of the people who so much endeared themselves to us, and also of the many beautiful locations in the province.

  3. Janet Moore says:

    What a beautiful rug (and photo)! Definitely worth a trip to Yarmouth when the show opens there … let’s go!!

  4. susanne sutherland says:

    The Light House hooked rugs are spectacular. Just saw them at the gallery in the Fredericton Library. Thank you for the travelling exhibit! Susanne Sutherland

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