Emily Robertson: Hooked On Rugs Auction

September 27, 2023 10:00 am - October 07, 2023 5:00 pm

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Attend the Oct 4th Reception!

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Hooked on Rugs: A Fundraiser to benefit Friends of Villa Terrace 

By Emily Robertson 


Iconoclast and fiber artist Emily Robertson designs and hand hooked her rugs. Over 40 rugs from Emily's personal collection will feature in this exhibition and auction. These unique and intimate works tell Emily's life story. Now, this incredible collection is offered for sale in a silent auction to benefit the Friends of Villa Terrace. See these amazing rugs on display at the Villa Terrace Art Museum Sept. 27 through Oct. 7 before they find new homes. Bid for a chance to take home your own. All proceeds to benefit Friends of Villa Terrace

Join us for a Reception and Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.

You're invited to celebrate Milwaukee artist and iconoclast Emmy Robertson's show "Hooked on Rugs." Join us for a reception and conversation on Oct. 4 at the Villa Terrace Art Museum. Robertson will discuss her life, her work and the art of hooking rugs with art historian and curator Debra Brehmer.

Light food will be served. Wine, beer and sparkling water will be available. Guests will be able to view Emmy's work on display and access the silent auction online. 

Watch Emily's interview on TMJ4's Morning Blend about her work and the upcoming auction. 


Emily "Emmy" K Robertson Artist Statement

Emmy Robertson is a textile artist who uses the traditional hooked rug technique as her medium. She has specialized in custom pictorial scenes of houses and gardens, theological imagery, humor and many specialized subjects for thirty years. Her work has appeared in juried and unjuried shows across the country which include: the Wenham Museum, Sauder Village (Best in Show), Japanese/American Show, FiberArts Design Book Six, Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council, the Shelbourne Museum, Cedarburg Art Center and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts. Her work has appeared in numerous books and publications.

Robertson is a lifetime member of the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild as well as the Cream City Rug Hooking Guild. She served on the editorial board of Rug Hooking Magazine as well as having written numerous articles for the magazine. She has taught rug hooking in this country as well as in England. Her commissioned work can be found in many homes.

Robertson has dyed much of the wool that she has used in her work. She loves to challenge herself by doing things she has never done before within the medium of rug hooking.

Recently she has turned her attention to tapestry weaving because she is a lifelong learner and wanted to work in a different area of the fiber arts. Curiosity is what wakes her up in the morning and informs her daily work.



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Honorary Co-Chairs

Shelley Culea

Margarete Harvey

Sup. Sheldon Wasserman


Planning Committee:

Mary Berger

Nancy Burke

Laura Couture

Mary Emory

Moira Fitzgerald

Megan Holbrook

Linda Mutschler

Emily Robertson

Stephanie Van Alyea

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Gifts ending in $5 will count towards the challenge grants to fund the restoration of the Hermes Sculpture.

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Friends of Villa Terrace

Villa Terrace Art Museum

2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee, WI, USA

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