"Of A Common Thread" Art Donation Unveiling


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Date: Friday, July 12, 2024
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Canmore Library, Main Room

"Of A Common Thread" by Sharon Johnston

You're invited to join us for the official unveiling of the art piece "Of A Common Thread" on Friday, July 12th!  

When Canmore philanthropist Carla Cumming Sojonky first saw the artwork entitled “Of a Common Thread” hanging on the wall at the Collectors Gallery in Calgary, her first thought was “What a masterpiece!”   Her second thought quickly followed: “This has to go into a public collection; it can’t disappear into a private one.”  So she purchased it and found the perfect home: the Canmore Public Library.  

Created by award-winning Calgary fabric artist Sharon Johnston, the rughooked work is comprised of 27 heads depicting women of different cultures who have contributed to building Canada.  The work uses a variety of colorful recycled fabrics embellished with numerous bits and baubles, including beads, ribbons, and even a cameo brooch.  

Mrs. Sojonky, who serves on the executive board of the Friends of Canmore Library Society, has donated the work in honor of the 30 years of the FCLS---a fitting tribute to a local group that has made remarkable contributions to our Library. 

The work will be unveiled in the main room of the library on Friday, July 12th at 2pm. The artist, donor, and gallery owner where the piece was purchased will all be on site for the unveiling.  

For those interested in reading more about Johnston’s work and seeing dozens of color photos of some of her other rughooking pieces, Romana Kaspar-Kraft, owner of the Collectors Gallery, has kindly donated to our library a copy of the book entitled Breaking the Boundaries: The Rug Hooking Artistry of Sharon Johnston (by Judy Taylor published in 2021, reprinted in 2022).  It is now in our collection."

Pictured above, you can see our donor on the left: Carla Cumming Sojonky, in the middle is: Romana Kaspar-Kraft owner of and resident art expert at Collector’s Gallery in Calgary and artist: Sharon Johnston on the far right delivering the art piece to the Library on April 29th.