Hooked Rugs Display Featured at Quilt Show

Published 10.14.2013

The Gallery at Penn College
Faculty & Staff

A special display of hooked rugs has been arranged by The Gallery at Penn College during the Tiadaghton Quilt Guild’s biennial quilt show, taking place Oct. 18-20 in the Field House at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The rugs were created by the late Ruth Ann Van Horn, wife of Chalmer C. Van Horn, a professor emeritus of drafting at Penn College. The Van Horns were married for 56 years before her death in 2011.

Chalmer C. Van Horn, a professor emeritus at Pennsylvania College of Technology, stands with a few of the hooked rugs created by his late wife, Ruth Ann. The works will be on display at the Tiadaghton Quilt Guild's biennial quilt show, taking place Oct. 18-20 in the campus Field House.During her life, Ruth Ann Van Horn resided in Muncy, worked as a registered nurse at Muncy Valley Hospital and operated Ruth Ann’s Wool, selling rug-hooking supplies and wool nationwide. In addition to teaching rug-hooking classes in her home and numerous community venues, she taught classes as part of continuing education courses held at the Lycoming Mall by Penn College’s predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College. Ruth Ann Van Horn was a 1950 graduate of Muncy High School and a 1953 graduate of Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing, where she received a degree as a registered nurse.

Penny G. Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College, talks with Chalmer Van Horn about some of the pieces in the show.Ruth Ann Van Horn earned certification as an instructor by the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookcrafters. The display at the quilt show will be a small collection of about 12 pieces, representing just a small portion of the hundreds of hooked rugs she created during her lifetime.

Chalmer Van Horn assisted his wife in numerous facets of her business, including building a rug room in their home. He says the art of rug hooking is considered an indigenous folk art of the United States as the craft is one of few that originated in North America.

“Ruth Ann had great artistic abilities and found pleasure in rug hooking,” Chalmer Van Horn said. “I firmly believe that her unwavering faith in God and a never-dying passion to teach rug hooking extended her life many years.”

More than 100 quilts and related items have been entered in the Tiadaghton Quilt Guild Biennial Show. Hours for the event are Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, with ages 12 and under admitted free. Friday evening offers a special admission of $3. Ample parking is available in the Penn College parking lots near the Field House.

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