The President’s Letter
Our annual Fashion Show at the October meeting was a stunning success! We are blessed with so many creative and talented guild members, and the fiber artwork that you all do is extraordinary. This year we included antique and international textiles that I think added an interesting variety to the pieces shown. All in all, this was our most exciting meeting this year. Thanks again to Pat Grice and Angie Knowles for pulling this all together.
Our December meeting will include our Holiday Party/pot luck social, and artful gift exchange. Be sure to let Cindie Townley know what food you are willing to bring to share, and start working on your artful gift. Participation in the gift exchange is voluntary, and the party is always a great time for all!
I hope that all of you had the chance to see our exhibited pieces at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center. We had a wonderful display of work by our members, and it was all very well received by the IRBAC community. Congratulations to Barbara Taylor for winning the Viewer’s Choice Award for her framed fabric collage. Thank you to all our members who quickly came up with pieces to hang in this show. What a great way to cap off the year! –Aida Sheets
We are delighted to bring this lecture and trunk show to the TBSDG this January 22, 2018.
An Evening with Jane Dunnewold at the IRBAC, 6pm Monday, January 22, 2018.
Mini Workshop – November – Shelley Wells Needle Felting
Holiday Party! Party! Party! December 11,2017
Paula Walker and Carol Gentry are heading up the holiday party activity along with Chair/Coordinator, Cynthia Townley. Let’s all pitch in and assist them with donations of materials and Decorations. Cynthia will be passing a sheet of job descriptions for the party at the November meeting.
There will be a Pot Luck meal (bring a covered dish of your choice), fun activities, and our annual gift exchange.
If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, it will follow the format of past years and the “rules” are:
- Bring your gift in a plain brown paper bag. NO wrapping paper, NO decorations please. Your opportunity to be creative is inside the bag.
- Gifts must be handmade by the member. Supplies for the gift must be less than $15 but of course the value of the gift is priceless.
- No Holiday themed gifts.
- If you don’t bring a gift, please don’t take a gift.
Reminder – Surface Design Technique pages are due at the November meeting. For those who signed up to participate, bring a binder to exchange your pages. Please bring 13 copies of your idea each placed in a page protector. Include a sample of your idea, if applicable. We will share 12 pages among us, with the 13th copy going into the guild’s technique journal to share with all of our members. I can’t wait to see what great ideas we all have to share! Gayle Wells
Reminder–Workshops are to be paid at time of sign up. Attendees can pay on line at any time by visiting our website at and selecting Events.
-will be held on Friday, November 24, 11:30 until 3:30. Bring an item of your choice to sew or do handwork, all materials needed for your project, and an extension cord if you are using a machine. We are asking each person to give $2 to cover the cost of the room. Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg…..located at 100 Mirror Lake Drive North, in downtown St. Petersburg
Leeann Kroetsch will be exhibiting three pieces in Elegant Threads: Wearable Art & Surface Design
LIGHTHOUSE ART CENTER GALLERY
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
November 2 – December 9, 2017
Awards Reception and Fashion Show: 3rd Thursday, November 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Handmade art designed for the human body and surface design for alternative quilts, accessories and wall hangings. From separates to full costumes, from jewelry to incubator fiber arts incorporating textiles and mixed media. This is an exhibition designed to stretch the boundaries of art quilts and enhance the wardrobes of fashion connoisseurs in time for the holidays.
CraftArt Festival! – More than 120 artists exhibiting at the 20th Annual CraftArt Festival, you’ll have a chance to learn more about the artists and which ones you are most interested in during our Collectors’ Lecture Series. Enjoy wine and refreshments as CraftArt Festival Manager, Janie Lorenz, will present at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 9.
The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Festival dates – November 18-19 – Food Trucks, Wine Craft Beers and Music. Artists’ Demonstrations FREE and open to the public.
The Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida is pleased to invite national and internationally acclaimed artists to the studio to give lectures, workshops and critiques for a wide range of fiber studio practices and techniques. To Register and be informed about at the artist for 2018 please go to http://www.ayafiberstudio.com
ARTISTS’ OPPORTUNITIES – FROM CREATIVE PINELLAS: For artists at the pinnacle of their career, the Professional Artist Grant is designed to support and sustain the retention of working artists of outstanding talent and ability. Ten grant awards of $5,000 each will be available in the following disciplines: Choreography, Interdisciplinary Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Music Composition, Theater/Musical, Theater, and Visual Arts.
Learn more about the grant application and guidelines by visiting http://creativepinellas.org/grants/professional-artist-grant/.
The HCC Ybor City Campus Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition by artist/photographer Barton L. Gilmore—“Chronicles on Native Soil.”
The exhibit will run from November 9-December 7, 2017, with an Artists Reception Thursday, November 9, from 4:30 – 7:30 pm, Performing Arts Building, Palm Ave and 15th Street, Ybor City. Gallery Talk is at 6:15 pm.
Barton Gilmore, Professor/Faculty in Charge of the Photography Department at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, will exhibit a series of his recent mixed-media assemblages and related digital photographs. Utilizing manufactured and metaphorical symbols from organic and functional materials, these assemblages corroborate with photographs, both functioning as serendipitous documentations and filtered interpretations about the significance of lifelong lessons. For further details contact Carolyn Kossar: 813-253-7674, firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a Walking Mural Tour in the Central Arts District
Tours are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. Visitors walk a four-block loop. The cost for the tour is $19 for adults, $11 for children ages 6-18, and it is free for children under 5 years old. Book the tour on FloridaCraftArt.org
Groups can arrange for special tour times and pricing by calling (727) 821-7391 or emailing email@example.com. A portion of the proceeds from the tours supports educational programs and St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Tours meet at Florida CraftArt Gallery at 501 Central Avenue.
In partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design, here is an opportunity to attend an enriching experience called PINC “People, Ideas, Nature, Creativity.” PINC is an inspiring cascade of new ideas, great stories and impressive visual presentations that culminate into a day-long conference delivered by a superb selection of international speakers from every imaginable discipline. These speakers have little in common except a passion for what they do and absolute faith in the power of innovation, inspiration and creativity. Thursday December 7, 2017 – 8am to 8pm. Sarasota Opera House
The Warehouse Arts district runs from 1st Avenue North to 10th Avenue South and 16th Street to 31st Street. There are approximately 200 artists, arts businesses and organizations within the boundaries including Duncan McClellan Glass, MGA Sculpture Studio and the Morean Center for Clay which has occupied the Seaboard building since 2000. The artist members of Warehouse Arts District Association maintain their own exhibitions and shows utilizing WADA’s website and social media to promote their activities. Warehouse Arts District Association volunteers staff the Second Saturday Art Walk trolley and have been instrumental in extending the boundaries covered by the trolley.
SEWING & QUILT EXPO IN LAKELAND
On March 15, 16, & 17 Original Sewing & Quilt Expo returns to RP Funding Center (formerly known as The Lakeland Convention Center) for our annual Expo. Join us for creative classes, amazing quilt displays, and shopping, shopping, shopping! Lakeland is Florida’s no stress destination with wonderful restaurants, convenient hotels, and plenty of parking.
Sign up for our email newsletter so you will be among the first to know when classes are available online. You can use this link http://www.sewingexpo.com/RequestInfo.aspx . Questions, call us at 800-699-6309.
Announcing The Cherrywood Challenge 2018! Due July 2, 2018
NEW NEEDLE FELTING GROUP – November 18 noon to 3pm. – FAB FIBER 5708 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport, FL 33707 – http://www.fabfibergulfport.com
President- Aida Sheets
Vice Presidents/Programs- Elizabeth Neily and Shellee Wells
Treasurer- Mary Ann Pickard
Secretary- Peggy Dauber
Member Management/Website- Cindie Townley
Newsletter Editor- Diane Gardner-Rhoden
Mini-Demos- Angie Knowles
Shows- Sarah Butz
TBSDG Member Meeting – October 9, 2017
Minutes Submitted by Cathy Simms
Meeting Called to Order: 6:30 p.m.
Guests and New Members: Lori Wilson (Guest), Doris Lions, MaryAnn Ziegler (Guest and Previous Member), Kathryn Sharp, Barbara Williams (Member)
Mary Ann Pickard reported that we have 88 members and $5,759.29 in the bank.
Shows – Sarah Butz – We have been invited by the Indian Rocks Beach Arts Center to have a show in their smaller gallery beginning October 16 – November 2. The guild will need to provide 10-12 pieces of artwork to fill the space. Mei-Ling is accepting entries tonight and artists will need to fill out an application. Artwork must be submitted no later than Sunday, October 15, by 1:00 p.m. at IRBAC. Aida and Mei-Ling are also accepting artwork until this time.
Workshops – Elizabeth and Shellee
Elizabeth announced the Polymer Clay Workshop with Patrice Pfeiffer for this Sunday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm at IRBAC. Workshop fee is $55 and includes everything.
Shellee announced the November, Stashbusters Workshop at IRBAC. Attendees will be making mini art quilts that can be combined into a tote bag pattern, or used to make small gifts. This workshop is on Sunday, November 19, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop feel is $20. $15 goes to IRBAC and $5 to the guild to help make up for other workshops that did not have at least 10 attendees.
Shellee also announced that it is guild policy that members must pay for workshops at the time that they sign up, with cash, check, or online. Members are responsible for finding their own replacements if they are unable to attend once they have signed up.
Holiday Ornaments – Pat Grice
Pat said that she received 330 holiday ornaments to deliver to DFAC and Florida CraftArt. The ornaments have been delivered. DFAC is not requesting help in decorating their trees this year. Any ornaments not sold at DFAC by the end of November will be transferred to Florida CraftArt where they will have a better chance of selling. Pat also reported that there were a few cases where artists did not put a sale price on their items, and she did the best she could to price the items. Next year, she would like participants to place smaller holiday ornaments in a zip lock bag with the artist’s name, quantity, and price printed on the bag.
Techniques Journal – Gayle Wells
Participants in the Techniques Journal must bring their pages to the November meeting. 14 sets of instructions, placed in sheet protectors, must be provided by each participant. Contact Gayle if you cannot attend the November meeting.
Pat Lamb reported that Linda Dawson is in Bayfront Medical Center with heart problems, and that the Susan Lenz workshop, beginning October 30, that Linda was organizing has been cancelled. Fees will be refunded and Linda hopes to reschedule the workshop at a later time.
Nominating Committee – Mei-Ling St. Leger
Mei-Ling made one final request for volunteers for next years slate of officers, and no one volunteered. She announced the following nominees for 2018:
President – Aida Sheets
Vice President/Workshops – Shellee Wells and Elizabeth Neily
Treasurer – Bonnie Bowman
Secretary – Peggy Paramore-Dubar
Show Chair – Sarah Butz
Show Co-Chairs – Donna Isaac and Angie Knowles
Media Chair – Cindie Townley
Newsletter – Diane Gardner-Rhoden
PR Chair – Carol Gamel
PR Co-Chairs – Pat Peak and Jodee Roberson
Holiday Party – Cindie Townley
Cindie announced our annual holiday party that will be held during our December meeting. This is a pot luck event and she has sign-up sheets for food, set-up and decorations, clean-up, etc. Each year we have a gift exchange of hand made art that should not cost more than $15 to make. Place your artwork in a plain brown paper bag to be stacked with all the other gifts. Participation in the gift exchange is optional. Participants will select a gift from all the bags.
Fashion Show – Pat Grice and Angie Knowles
We were treated to an awesome fashion show by Pat, Angie, and all the participants who brought hand made clothing, international textiles, and antique textiles to share. Pat and Angie did a fabulous job organizing this event.
Robert Di Marzo – framed, hand pieced and embroidered memorial to his sister, Ann Thomas – Guatemalan weaving textiles, Elizabeth Neily – rust dyed cotton garments, Shellee Wells – punch needle felt meditation box made while her husband was in the hospital, Susan Lumsden – machine quilted piece, hand dyed fabrics that were over-dyed, discharged, silk screened, and with rubbings, MaryAnn Ziegler – fused glass “quilts”, Cathy Simms – framed silk quilt with foil.
Refashion Renegades will be meeting on Friday, October 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Elizabeth and Shellee have started a needle felting group at Fab Fiber. They will meet on Saturday, October 14 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Adjourned: 8:30 p.m.