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Your tax deductible contributions help us offer our classes, sponsor scholarships, purchase materials, and underwrite free community events. Scholarships and reduced fees are available for all Rural Art Center programs.


A group of local rug hookers meets twice monthly.


Our evening meetings are on the first Thursday every month from 6 to 7:30 at the Lorane Fire Hall. 


We will also be meeting on the third Wednesday morning each month from 9:30 to 11 at the Rebekah's 80284 Old Lorane Rd. 

Please let us know if/when you are coming by sending an email to ruralartcenter@gmail.com so we can be sure that we arrive with what you need. We will add you to the list to receive reminders of upcoming meetings.

WHAT TO BRING: scissors, cheater glasses if you wear them, any your own equipment if you have it.


• a rug hook (we will have some starter hooks for purchase --$6--or loan)

• a hooking frame (can be a large sturdy embroidery hoop; we have a number of these for sale for cheap) or a frame with gripper strips (for rent for $10/ month)

• a "kit" --a backing material with a design drawn on it and wool strips to hook into it-- We just put together 10 kits to get people started that are $5.50 on burlap or $8.50 on primitive linen for an 8"x8" square. We will be bringing 2 strip cutters for you to turn the wool into strips. (A typical price for a kit on linen on-line is $25-40 for this size. By donating our designs, buying in bulk, using recycled wool and shopping at goodwill stores for used woolens and materials, we have brought the price down to a one time bargain -- to get you hooked.)

Rug Hookery Group Meetings

Update 5/18/2015: The Rug Hooking Program's Bee Line Cutter arrived in a cool little tote. It cuts like a dream-- six strips at a time.

It was ordered from iloverughooking.  If you subscribe to the website, you get coupons and give-aways.

It is the cheapest place we have seen to order bent scissors and she carries the clear zipping wool storage containers.

Thanks to Shelly of iloverughooking.com for facilitating our purchase of a Bee Line cutter!


2016/2017 Half-Days of Art Schedule

Zimbabwe the Focus of Spring 2017 Artist in Residence

The Crow Applegate Lorane School District is looking forward to a cultural study of Zimbabwe from the end of March through mid May. 

The annual Artist in Residence program sponsored by the Rural Art Center is funded this year by a $2500 grant from the Lane County Cultural Coalition.

Musician/Performer John Mambira will be working with the K-6 classes on Zimbabwean music, dance, percussion and movement, culminating with a community performance by all classes at the April 20 Grandparents' Tea at 1PM. 

During the month of April and early May, professional storyteller Kelly Terwilliger will be leading storytelling workshops with the high school English classes centering around Zimbabwean stories. 

An all-community Marimba Concert is slated for mid May as a culminating event.