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McCarl Coverlet Gallery Plans Summer Exhibit

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Posted: Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

June 10, 2014

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, for a new exhibit developed in conjunction with West Overton Village, The Legacy of Henry Overholt, Coverlet Weaver, Accompanied by Weavers from Westmoreland, Somerset, Bedford and Washington Counties. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Sept. 12, and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features the artistry of local coverlet weaver, Henry Overholt, a cousin of the famed Henry Clay Frick, coke baron and business partner of Andrew Carnegie. Overholt wove coverlets in his weaving shop that was located at West Overton Village, near Scottdale.

This exhibit will explore Overholt’s weaving and the legacy of the Overholt family and their importance to the area. Other weavers to be featured are Frederick Nestle, Frederick Seebich (Westmoreland County), William Smiley Morgan (Somerset County), John Keagy, N. Beaver (Bedford County) and Cornelius Garber (Washington County).

Figured and fancy coverlet weaving became very popular in the Mid-Atlantic States between 1830 and 1860. Many of these coverlets have been passed down through generations.

This exhibit will feature coverlets and other items from the McCarl collections, the collection of West Overton Village, the collection of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art and from the private collection of the Voggenthaler family.

The exhibit is a joint effort of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery and West Overton Village and different pieces can be viewed at each site.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. as well as Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

West Overton Village is open from Friday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Additional hours are available at both locations by appointment.

The McCarl Coverlet Gallery opened in 2008 and houses the lifetime collection of handmade American Jacquard woven coverlets of the late Foster and Muriel McCarl of Beaver Falls, which were a permanent gift to Saint Vincent College. Public exhibits of selections from the collection are shown throughout the year.

Further information is available by contacting the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, 724-805-2569, info@mccarlgallery.org or www.mccarlgallery.org.

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