May 7, 2015 PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Hooked Rug Exhibit featuring works by Marilyn Bottjer to open in Southold” SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce it is hosting an exhibition of works by fiber artist, Marilyn Bottjer, which will open to the public on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the Cosden-Price Gallery in the Reichert Family Center, located at 54127 Main Road, Southold, NY. An opening reception for the artist will be held, Friday, June 12th, 2015 from 5:30-7 pm. Bottjer is best known for her colorful and inventive hooked wall hangings, which can depict anything from local and regional buildings and landscapes, to special events and independent creations that appear almost abstract in nature. Bottjer is both an artist and teacher who has offered classes at a variety of prominent institutions, including at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. “We are very pleased to have Marilyn exhibiting with us,” stated Geoffrey K. Fleming, Director of the Society. “Her works are inventive and can be so easily tied to a particular community that our own museum acquired two of her works for our permanent collection,” he continued. One of those works depicts the Candlelight Tour that the Society holds each year which attracts thousands of visitors to the hamlet. Her creations have been featured at major museums and cultural institutions, including the Farnsworth Art Museum, located in Rockland, Maine; the American Folk Art Museum, located in New York City; The University of Connecticut Gallery, located in Stamford, Connecticut; and the Brookfield Craft Center, located in Brookfield, Connecticut. Her works have also been featured in a number of important publications on rug hooking and on television on the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) network. The exhibit will be on display at the Cosden-Price Gallery in the Society’s Reichert Family Center, which is located at 54127 Main Road, Southold, NY, from June 13 through June 27, 2015, Thursday-Saturday, 1-4pm. For more information on this exhibit or other Society programs, please contact the Southold Historical Society at (631) 765-5500 or visit us online at www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.