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Throughout history, men were predominantly coverlet weavers and women were the consumers. But in rare cases, women professionally wove coverlets. One of these unique women was Sarah LaTourette from Indiana. To date, LaTourette is the only woman documented to have woven coverlets on a loom with Jacquard machinery. Since weaving was a family tradition, LaTourette […]

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In January, the McCarl Gallery hosted a special exhibit of vintage wedding dresses. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we look back on the development of American wedding fashions. Queen Victoria of England is certainly the wedding dress’s most famous and influential trendsetter. At her wedding to Prince Albert in February 1840, Queen Victoria donned a […]

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ~Albert Einstein The new exhibit for the McCarl Gallery is entitled ‘Woven Woolen Stories to Tell,’ the title of the exhibit comes from a poem, Invitation, by children’s author Shel Silverstein: If […]


The year 2013 brought many great people and memories to the Gallery. It was our busiest year yet, as we hosted many new events and welcomed thousands of visitors from all over the world into our unique and creative space. We hosted several events including Gallery receptions, fundraisers, classes, concerts, open mics and much more. […]


Over the past 5,000 years, society has been naturally dying textiles.  The early textiles were dyed red, orange and brown colors. As more discoveries were made, new methods for dying and new dyes themselves were created. By the 19th century, beautifully colored textiles were being produced and sold. Over time, naturally dying textiles turned into […]

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This afternoon, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery hosted “Quilted Wares & Breakfast Fare” to honor our new quilting exhibit that opened this summer. Twenty-five lovely quilting enthusiasts joined us for a wonderful afternoon featuring a quilt lecture, a tour of the McCarl Coverlet Gallery, and a delicious seated brunch. Patti Peer joined us as a guest […]


On June 19, 2013 the McCarl Gallery hosted a Beach Party Open-Mic Night to celebrate summer along with some great music. We had a great crowd attend, including Saint Vincent Students and community members. Check out the photos below for a re-cap of the night! Andrew Razanauskas was our MC for the night. He told […]