On June 20, 2014, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will host an opening reception that is free to the public to celebrate 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 run from June 20 to September 12, 2013.
The exhibit features the artistry of local coverlet weaver, Henry Overholt. Overholt is a cousin of the famed Henry Clay Frick, coke baron and business partner of Andrew Carnegie. Overholt wove coverlets in his waving shop that was located at West Overton Village. This exhibit will explore Overholt’s weaving and talk about 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. Opening reception is at the McCarl gallery from 6-8p.m. on June 20. Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 3p.m. as well as Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8p.m. West Overton Village is open from Friday to Sunday from noon to 5p.m. Additional hours are available at both locations by appointment.
The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery
Welcome to the McCarl Gallery, part of the Saint Vincent campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The gallery, featuring the McCarl Coverlet Collection, is located on the lower floor of the Fred Rogers Center.
The McCarl Coverlet collection is comprised of over 400 “figured and fancy” jacquard woven bed weavings. Most of the coverlets in the McCarl collection originated in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Maryland. The McCarl Gallery also houses several coverlets from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Tennesse. The bulk of the collection dates from 1820-1860.
Please visit frequently for news on the gallery, programs, photos, and more.
The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery would like to invite you to attend Woven into History, a history-based program for visiting classes of school children in grades K-6. Saint Vincent College is located in Westmoreland County, PA, Schedule your visit today!