Noahs Ark Project
Sometimes as an artist you are presented with a challenge and you must pull together all of your skills and resources to pull it off. For me, Noah's Ark was my biggest challenge and was proposed to me by a sweet elderly woman by the name of Mary Sheppard Burton, who was also my employer and my friend. I did not do it alone, I had to pull it all together with the help of many artists. And the fact that an 83 year old worked as hard as I did, I was able to say I can do this because she could do it. Please enjoy some images of our journey and successes we accomplished as a team. And thank you to everyone who helped promote this wonderful progress as it unfolded and became a once in a lifetime experience I and many others will never forget. I have created this page on my website in honor of Mary Sheppard Burton.
In the beginning
TIGHR Debut 2009 Louiville Kentucky
Welcome to Washington Street Gallery Grand Opening July 2010
Charles Town, WV
Mary and I were invited by founder Susan Ford Prichard to support a new local artist gallery by having a special exhibit.
Welcome to Sauder Village main feature 2010
Mary was invited to show her creation as a featured artist exhibit. Unfortunately the Lord took her home to make rugs for him. So I promised Mary I would be sure and carry it across the finish line. But it took myself, Barbara Barton, Betty Sutherland and Marys grand daughter Jennifer Zamora to accomplish this 36 piece exhibit and Mary's ark won the Sauder Award.
Georgetown Ontario Rug Hooking Guild Gala Show
Georgetown's Gala Show was the final show on our journey to Noahs Ark final resting place at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America Society. It was a difficult and tall order to arrange this show and could not have happened without the hard work and help of Jan Lord Giraldi. The annual show was decorated with a beautiful exhibit of hand crafted rugs by the many talented members of that group. They honored our work as a central display in a beautiful refitted church and opening the event with an onstage story of our journey. Thanks to Jennifer Zamora, Barbara Barton, Suzanne Conrod, Georgetown Rug Hooking Guild and their approx 230 members of the audience, it was a wonderful way to share Mary's work and put an exclamation point at the end of her life!
This video was recorded during our show at Sauder Village 4 mins 50 secs
The following pdf file is here with permission from the editor for your viewing pleasure. Noahs Ark also made the cover of Rug Hooking Magazine. Please visit their site by clicking here.