We will be having our Sept. meeting at the Florence Art School in West Jefferson at 10 AM. We need to start our meeting a little earlier so that we can be in the gallery before it opens to the public. Here is their website: https://www.florenceartschool.org/. There are directions on the website. We will be showing our exhibit there and have a Gallery talk. Please join us in person if you would like or join us on Zoom. Please let us know if you plan to attend in person.
Our next guild meeting is tomorrow at 10:30 via Zoom. I have sent the link in my email. We will start with a business meeting and Show and Tell. Then at 11 we have a great program for you. Jeana Eve Klein, Fiber Art Instructor at ASU, will present a program featuring her work. She had work featured in the BRAHM exhibit last year—the large quilted piece at the entrance and several small stitched pieces. Her work is both personal and political. Her website is: jeanaeveklein.com.
We have decided with the recent spike in COVID cases to hold this month’s meeting on Zoom. We will start at 12:30. Susan S. and I will broadcast together from her studio in Sugar Grove. We will do Show and Tell and will also discuss ikat dying and inkle weaving. I have a video on inkle weaving that I could possibly show.
The response to meet next Saturday was overwhelming to meet at Hickory Ridge at 12:30. Bring your on chair (I think there are some benches we can set up too), drinks etc. We will be practicing Social Distancing. We are going to do a program on Drop Spindling for fun. Susan S and I have a variety of different spindles we can bring for you to use or you can bring your own. We will have them disinfected for your use. We will also have fiber available. If rain is in the forecast, we will do another Zoom call.
I know we are all tired of not being able to get together so instead of canceling another of our meetings we will meet via Zoom for a virtual meeting. This program is very easy to use. You just need to have the software/app installed on your computer or phone/tablet. You can also call in on your phone if you can’t do this but you will of course not be able to see us but will hear us and can talk to us. Hear is the link to download Zoom:
The software is free to download and use but the free version only gives us 40 minutes to visit. Hopefully one of you has an account for Zoom that we can use where we don’t have a time limit. Contact me if you can host the meeting if you have an account.
I will send you a link to join the meeting in an email and it will also have a phone number where you can call in if you can’t be near a computer or device. This way all our members can join us, even the ones who are away for the winter.
We will be meeting on April 18th at 10:30 am EDT. Our agenda will be an informal get together where we show each other projects we are working on or you can show us your work spaces/studios or whatever. It will be great fun! Look for another email from me with details on joining prior to the meeting.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we are canceling the March 22nd meeting. The Western Watauga Community Center is closed indefinitely at this time. We will hold our April meeting at the Western Watauga Community Center starting with a business meeting and show and tell and then we will go to Crossnore School to visit the Weaving Studio there so plan for a day of fun together.
Don’t forget that we are meeting this Saturday (Feb. 22nd) at 10:30 at the Western Watauga Community Center.
BRFG Agenda, Feb 22, 2020
- 10:30-11:00 –Make-A-Name Tag, Refreshments, Fellowship, & Show and Tell
- 11:00- 12:00–Program: Authentic 18th century fiberart commissions by Kerry Masarik, historical educator & new guild member. Kerry has been coming to our weaving classes at the WWCC and does finely crafted inkle weaving as well as 4-harness fabric. She will share samples of her commissioned work in traditional designs.
- 12:00–12:30–Committees /Planning/Calendar for 2020
Check out this tapestey woven by Mary Quigley Valante. This is her first tapestry woven on a backstrap loom.