Examples of rare Waldoboro hooked rugs, made in the 19th century in the area around the Midcoast coastal community, will be on display during a Hooked Rug Exhibit Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Union Meeting House, 22 Church Road. The event coincides with Readfield Heritage Days and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The famous Waldoboro Rugs are considered among the finest hooked rugs ever created. They are avidly collected, when they can be found, and have been featured in several museum exhibits. One of the distinguishing features of the Waldoboro Rug is that the maker elevated some of the design to create a raised, sculpted effect that gives a definite three-dimensional appearance, instead of a mere flat surface.

One of the most famous of the Waldoboro Rug makers was Minnie Light of Burkettville, a small settlement in Appleton, along the Medomak River that flows into Waldoboro. Light made her first rug in 1880; by the end of her life, her rugs were already considered as masterpieces of the art of rug hooking. One of her patterns, the “Minnie Light,” remains in the catalog of a commercial supplier in Stoneville, N.C. A fine example of her work will be on display at the show in Readfield.

Curator of the show is Mildred Cole Peladeau, author of the book, “Rug Hooking in Maine, 1838-1940.” She previously organized and curated two exhibitions of hooked rugs at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, as well as an exhibition of Waldoboro rugs at the American Textile Museum in Lowell, Mass. Peladeau’s research led to the conclusion that rug hooking in America likely originated in Maine and that it flourished to a higher degree in this state than elsewhere in America.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.