NEW HAMPTON — The New Hampton Historical Society will be hosting master artist Lisa Curry Mair, owner of "Canvasworks" in Vermont, on February 18 at 7 p.m. at the Gordon-Nash Library.
The traditional canvases known as "oil clothes" in England, were used to decorate many homes in New England in the 18th and 19th centuries. There is a renewed interest in these hand painted canvas rugs, best described as "art for your floor".
Made of 100% cotton canvas, they are suitable for use anywhere in the home. The designs on display are made as they would have been hundreds of years ago – one painstakingly slow step at a time.
Mair uses little more than paints, brushes and a sewing machine to create each work of floor art. Since 1992, she has created over 800 floorcloths that can be found in private homes and historic museums and she has been featured in magazines including "Early American Life" and "Country Living".
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, along with fundraising items for sale. For more information contact Carole Curry at 744-9798.