Dorothy Sauber

Dorothy Sauber was a writer, artist, teacher, mother, and citizen during her lifetime. The purpose of this web site is to share information about her and to make available some of the products of her creativity.

Cancer Essays: Not the Book I Was Planning to Write

Dorothy Sauber was a prolific writer, with close to 100 journals, numerous published articles, and a lifetime of correspondence. That this book is her first to be published was not her plan. But then nobody plans on cancer.

Dorothy wrote these essays after being diagnosed with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer in December of 2005. She envisioned these essays together and, while they certainly helped her and those around her begin to grapple with some of the realities of a terminal diagnosis, she intended the essays to be read by a broader audience.

After Dorothy died in August of 2008, my brother and I and a group of her very close friends came together to publish this book of essays. With some editing, arranging, and layout, Dorothy’s words were ready to share with a wider audience.

Copies of this book have been, and continue to be, distributed at no charge to hospice, palliative care, and cancer centers around the country. Sales from the book pay book expenses. Any additional funds are donated through the Dorothy Sauber Community Fund to non-profit organizations that Dorothy supported. -Andy Olds

Dorothy Sauber’s Pictorial Hooked Rugs

A collection of pictorial hooked rugs was among the artwork Dorothy Sauber left behind in the care of her sons when she died in August 2008. She had begun making pictorial hooked rugs in 1972 and put the final threads of bright acrylic yarn into her last piece in January 1987. After several years of crafting rugs while balancing other work and family responsibilities, in 1980 Dorothy began working on this art form full-time, devoting the next several years to making and exhibiting the rugs.

These were years of great creative output. The inspirations that Dorothy committed to her work ranged from family, farm and rural roots to ritual and celebration and political and social issues. Dorothy completed 92 pictorial hooked rugs—bringing her life-time total to 120 rugs—as well as making many other items of fabric and fiber to support herself as an artist. Her rugs captivated audiences in numerous local and regional shows. She exhibited widely with 19 solo exhibitions, and appearances in numerous juried exhibitions, and amassed an impressive collection of reviews and press clippings. The solo exhibitions included two prestigious locations in Washington D.C., The Smithsonian’s National Textile Museum and the Anne Hathaway Gallery at The Folger Shakespeare Library. Her rugs also appeared in shows in Boston, New York City, Indiana, and Los Angeles. It is not an overstatement to say she was wildly successful and her art received much critical acclaim, including a color spread feature in the Picture Magazine of the Minneapolis Tribune.

The exhibition, I Am a Link, at the Minnesota Textile Center, July 29 to September 3, 2011 was the first time the pictorial rugs had been shown in nearly 25 years.