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March Guest Artists: "Y2K Rug Bugs" 

The Goderich Co-Op Gallery will be hosting a group of hookers for the month of March...rug hookers, that is; a local group who call themselves the “Y2K Rug Bugs”, who have been hooking together since the year 2000. Many of these local hookers began by taking hooking lessons from Isobel Mitchell of Goderich, or Margaret Gruber of Holmesville, often upon retirement from their working lives, as they searched for a new and engrossing activity.

The art of rug hooking is a time honoured method of re-use, and recycle, in addition to artistic expression. In times past, the hooker would search through old clothing for colour combinations to use as she turned her family’s old clothing into new life as floor mats, or hot pads, pot holders and other useful household articles. This was not simply a natural way to make use of all resources, but also a means of artistic expression for the hooker.

Our local expert at the Gallery is member Marjorie Duizer, whose work can be seen at the gallery year round. Marjorie explains that current hookers use mainly 100% new wool flannel, especially if they are creating an original pattern, because the artist can then dye the exact colours needed for the intended design. After the wool has been dyed, it is then cut into thin strips; if the project requires a more realistic expression, then the artist will cut very thin strips in different shadings and hues, to create depth and dimension to the creation.

For anyone interested in this art form there is a local branch of The Ontario Craft Hooking Guild here in Goderich, there are monthly meetings, “hookins”, an annual picnic at the beach with neighbouring hooking groups invited, and last year a fall Fibre Fair. This local chapter is affiliated with the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild, with members from all of Ontario, and the northern U.S states. The annual meetings are opportunities to learn more about the art of hooking, compare notes with hooking friends, purchase supplies, and generally have a good time. This years annual meeting is planned for the Deerhurst Inn. If you are interested in this art form, please visit the gallery during the month of March for information.

You are sure to enjoy this display of art created with wool, which is on display for the month of March at the Goderich CoOo Gallery. We will be hosting a reception to welcome the hookers to the gallery on Saturday March 7th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and invite you all to drop in to meet the artists, and see these beautiful  art expressions in wool.

Don't forget about EXPOSURE 2020; application forms are available on line ... click the Exposure Tab on the Home Page, or pick up a form in person at 54  Courthouse Square, lower level. Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


 Just a reminder, the Gallery will begin “winter hours” on January 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from Wednesday through Saturday.


April Guest Artists:

Don’t succumb to the January blahs, spring is on the way, and “Exposure”, our annual art show, will be opening on April 1, so plan your New Year...don’t hibernate....create! Entry forms and details will be available under the Exposure Title on our home page.


Guest Artist Information


Thank you for your interest in being a guest artist.  I am attaching the form that you would need to fill out. As well, to finalize acceptance, we would require at least two high quality photos of your work and a short bio, these can be sent as an email.  There is a cost associated with being a guest artist. This provides you with the space for one month, an opening reception and advertising in local papers. Our members staff the gallery, so your attendance is required only at the opening, after that, you are, of course, welcome at any time and we would love to see you there as often as you can make it in. While we will do advertising for your opening, you are strongly encouraged to do your part to promote your event. So get out there and invite all the clients, friends and relatives that you can.  The costs varies with the month as follows: May $150, June $200, July and August $250, September to November $200, December $150. Payment is due at the time that you bring your work in for hanging (sometime during the last week before your month begins).


Our hanging committee takes care of hanging your work. You are required to make certain that all of your pieces have gallery style wire and hooks. No other form of hanging system will be accepted. If in doubt, please contact the gallery prior to bringing your work in for hanging.


Additional to the above costs, the gallery retains a 20% commission on all sales.


Guest Artist’s Agreement for the Use of the “Feature Wall”


1. The Goderich C0-Op members agree to allow a selected guest artist to make use of the “Feature Wall” for the purpose of  display for the period of one month.


2. Rental cost will vary depending on the chosen month as follows:

May $150, June $200, July and August $250, September to November $200, December $150. Payment is due at the time that you bring your work in for hanging (sometime during the last week before your month begins).


3. There is no restriction to the number of works displayed. However, the presentation style must be complimentary to the general appearance of the gallery. The Goderich Co-Op Gallery members retain the right of refusal if the display is deemed unsatisfactory in appearance.


4. The guest artist agrees to take full responsibility for his/her own work. The gallery does not assume responsibility for damages and does not insure the work.


5. The gallery will carry normal levels of tenants and premises liability insurance.


6. The guest artist agrees to provide proper gallery style hooks and wires for all two dimensional works.


7. If tables or other special display cases are required the artist must inform the hanging committee prior to the date of hanging.


8. All sales are subject to 20% commission. If a credit card is used for the purchase an additional 2.5% charge is applied.


9. If, an opening reception is requested by the artist, he/she is required to be present during the event.


10. The Gallery agrees to publicize the exhibit and its opening in the course of its normal promotional activity; media releases, information items in media columns, posters, etc. A gallery representative will be touch to obtain all of the artist’s relevant information for promotional purposes.


11. Arrangements for the removal of this exhibition must be made prior to the closing of the show.


Exhibition Information:


Exhibition Start Date: _________________ Completion Date: ____________­_______

Name: __________________________________________________________________________

Address and postal code: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone number: ________________________________________________________________

Email address:


I, the guest artist for the month of ___________________, agree to all of the above terms.

Signature: ______________________________________________________________________



Artist’s Checklist:


❒       All promotional information such as biographies and high quality photos of your work are given to the gallery representative.


❒       All two dimensional pieces are ready for the hanging committee with proper gallery quality hanging wires and hooks.


❒       You have confirmed with the representative your wishes regarding an opening event. If you have chosen to have an opening, you agree to be present during that event.


❒       You have made every effort on your part to self promote your exhibition.


❒       You have made your payment to the gallery of your fees.


❒       You have made arrangements for the dismantling of your exhibit at the end of your time.

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