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The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, Stripes, an international hooked rug traveling exhibition, on display September 4 through October 24, 2009. Stripes was planned in conjunction with the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists Biennial and the TIGHR (The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers) Conference, both of which will be held in September at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Stripes is the third in a series of traveling exhibitions of hooked rugs by artists from the USA and Japan. The exhibition pairs 26 works by American artists with 26 works by Japanese artists and was co-curated by Linda Rae Coughlin of Warren, New Jersey and Kei Kobayashi of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. The rug designs each incorporate stripes in a unique manner. The exhibit first opened in Japan, where it was shown in several locations. It was then exhibited at the Barron Arts Center in New Jersey and it will open at the Carnegie Center in September.

There will be an opening reception for this exhibit on Friday September 4 from 6-8 pm. Visitors can enjoy refreshments and live music by the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet as they compare and contrast American and Japanese hooked rugs that interpret the theme of stripes. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit and the opening reception are both generously sponsored by the Carnegie Center, Inc.

The American curator of the exhibit, Linda Rae Coughlin, writes, “During the conceptual stages of this exhibit both curators desired a theme which could be easily understood by both the Japanese and American artists and came up with Stripes. In the broadest sense of the word, a stripe is any type of a line or lines. The fifty-two artists included in this exhibit were free to interpret a line any way they chose. It is interesting to see how these design concepts differ from country to country with many of the US pieces being more literal, to the many abstract pieces from Japan.”

In conjunction with Stripes, the Carnegie Center is partnering with Crane House, The Asia Institute, Inc. ( in Louisville to present a panel discussion on current and future relations between the United States and Japan. The Carnegie Center will also be participating in the Chrysanthemum Festival presented by Crane House in October at Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica, Indiana. The Chrysanthemum Festival offers families the opportunity to learn about Asian culture through a variety of activities, including an origami project presented by the Carnegie Center. Programs are free and open to the public. Please call 812-944-7336 for more information.


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