Unique hooked rugs and footstools will be exhibited and for sale by young Guatemala women including Bartola Morales Tol (28 years old, shown above). The exhibit is curated by Mary Anne Wise, a nationally recognized weaver, rug hooker and design teacher. During multiple in-depth trips to Guatemala, Mary Anne was moved by the relentless poverty and lack of opportunity for Maya women. In response, she volunteered to teach a how-to rug-hooking workshop as a possible new income source for indigenous women. This single workshop lead to cofounding a nonprofit cooperative in Guatemala, from which the women export and sell their work. They have become a favored attraction at the prestigious International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.
Mary Anne has just co-authored "Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation," the story of building a global nonprofit from the inside out liberally illustrated by the women and their rugs, many of which are featured in our show. She will give a short talk and sign books at 4pm, just before the general opening.