Amherst artisan hooked on rugs

Colin MacLean
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Chapman to continue running gallery despite new south shore museum

AMHERST - Nova Scotians involved with the art of rug hooking are getting their very own museum in East River on the south shore, but one local artist isn't happy about it.
Avis Chapman has been fighting for years to establish a museum dedicated to the art she loves. She's even gone so far as to offer to donate her house and the property it's on to the cause.

Amherst artisan hooked on rugs

AMHERST - Nova Scotians involved with the art of rug hooking are getting their very own museum in East River on the south shore, but one local artist isn't happy about it.
Avis Chapman has been fighting for years to establish a museum dedicated to the art she loves. She's even gone so far as to offer to donate her house and the property it's on to the cause.
"I'm not saying I'm not happy somebody is doing it. But it could have been done here in Amherst," she said.
She has operated a gallery out of her century-old Amherst home for the last several years. Displaying about 150 hooked rugs from all over the Maritimes.
She was told several years ago she would need the support of her local representatives to get the ball rolling, that they would "carry the ball" for her. But she never got much response back wherever she called, she said.
"Just to say I'm still here, still willing to donate the land."
She also believes that her option would be much more cost effective then building an entirely new facility.
She believes turning her home into a fully-equipped museum would cost roughly $350,000. After the initial investment she believes she has a plan to make the museum self-sustaining.
"I have a big lot here that could easily house a new add on to the back of this place. Some of which would have to be built climate controlled to house some of the rugs in perpetuity."
The interest is definitely there, said Chapman. She recently hosted an exhibition, which had 497 people come through her doors.
But no matter what happens with the establishment of the south shore museum, Chapman said she will continue to run her gallery.
"The reason I'm here doing what I'm doing is because I've long had a love for all things historic."

Geographic location: Amherst, East River

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