Waldoboro artist Sara Hotchkiss will show her handwoven rugs at a trunk show Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Handworks Gallery, 48 Main St.

A trunk show takes place when an artist brings a collection of work to show and sell at a specific time, usually for shorter duration than a gallery exhibit.

“Sara’s work is loved by people in coastal Maine. Everyone who comes in loves the colors and beauty of design,” said Handworks owner Marcia Stremlau.

Hotchkiss has been selling and showing her work every summer at Handworks Gallery for about 25 years, beginning when Lee Lehto, a Blue Hill artist, bought the gallery. She later sold it to Marcia Stremlau, the current owner.

“I have a special fondness for the Blue Hill area, having vacationed there since I was born because my mother’s family lived in Ellsworth for many years.” Hotchkiss said.

The area’s geography, architecture and landscape , both cultivated and natural, has inspired the colors and designs of her rugs, she added. Using many blues and greens, hazy colors interspersed with lichen colors, along with hits of black and cream, the designs lend themselves to the rural character and history of the area.

Since Hotchkiss weaves on large Swedish rug looms, she can make room-size, seamless rugs suitable for many styles of home decor. These rugs may be woven to specific size specifications, color blends and designs. Designs vary from simple stripes to repeats of stars or flowers.

Hotchkiss will be available during the weekend to speak to clients about custom work either at Handworks or a home visit by appointment by calling her gallery, Old Point Comfort Gallery located at 28 Pitcher Road, Waldoboro.

Hotchkiss’ work has been displayed in many exhibits in Maine and throughout the United States including the American Craft Museum in New York City, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Portland Museum of Art. She has won numerous awards and her work has been featured in many publications ranging from Better Homes and Gardens to Country Living, Maine Home + Design and Country Home.

For more information on Hotchkiss and her work, visit sarahotchkiss.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.