“McCarl Coverlet Gallery to Open Exhibit on Rachel Carson”

As summer begins, the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will open its newest exhibit, A Sense of Wonder: The Nature Writing of Rachel Carson, on May 29, 2015. This exhibit explores artistic nature themes woven into coverlets and the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, the biologist, writer, and environmentalist originally from the Pittsburgh area.

A Sense of Wonder will pair twenty-four antique coverlets with stories of Rachel Carson’s life and quotes of her writing. Each coverlet on display will feature nature motifs, including a variety of flowers, trees, birds, and rural scenes. Also on exhibit will be early editions of Carson’s books and other artifacts from the libraries of Chatham University and Seton Hill University. To illustrate Carson’s most famous book, Silent Spring (1962), which challenged the chemical pesticide industry, the exhibit will display a collection of vintage pesticide advertisements from the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. The exhibit will be open from May 29 to September 4, 2015.

A Sense of Wonder is curated by Pamela Curtin, who graduated from Saint Vincent College with a B.A. in History in 2014. Curtin, also the owner of Stardust Photography, will display a collection of her nature photography to complement imagery in the nature-inspired coverlets.

An opening reception will be held May 29, from 6-8pm at the McCarl Coverlet Gallery.

Throughout the summer, the McCarl Coverlet Gallery will partner with a number of organizations to present educational public programs in conjunction with the exhibit. On July 13, from 6-8pm, President of the Rachel Carson Council, Dr. Robert K. Musil, will hold a lecture and book signing for his book Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment. Other events include a show and tell of Pennsylvania wildlife presented by Powdermill Nature Reserve, family activity days with Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, and a lecture on Fred Rogers and the environment presented by the Fred M. Rogers Center. For details about these events, visit the education link on the McCarl Coverlet Gallery’s website, www.mccarlgallery.org, or call at 724-805-2188.


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.  








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