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Dorothy Sauber's hooked rugs on display at Textile Center

The Spirit; Dorothy Sauber

The Spirit; Dorothy Sauber

Artist and teacher Dorothy Sauber had many interests, including African studies, and collecting and donating books. After an extensive trip to several African countries, she filled a warehouse with donated books that were distributed to schools in Zimbabwe. Three years ago Sauber died of cancer at the age of 61.


As an artist, she was most well known for expressing herself through the craft of hooked rugs, many of which have not been publicly exhibited for 25 years. Now, you can see them on display as the Textile Center presents "I Am a Link: Pictorial Rugs by Dorothy Sauber," an exhibition devoted to these colorful and poignant creations.

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Sauber's rugs are easily recognizable; her works are brightly colored and often depict pleasant moments of life in Minneapolis, particularly in Powderhorn Park where she lived. Other imagery common to her pieces include moments promoting political awareness and women's issues. And much like a painter, she always signed her work in large letters with her latch hook tool and black yarn.

Visit the Textile Center now through Septmember 3 to view "I Am a Link: Pictorial rugs by Dorothy Sauber." The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.