Thursday, February 22, 2007

Call for Entries - Juried Weaving Show

Living with Beauty: Handwoven Textiles for the Home

December 15, 2007 is the postmark entry deadline for this juried exhibit of handwoven textiles for the home, titled Living with Beauty: Handwoven Textiles for the Home. This unique exhibit is jointly sponsored by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild and the Business of Art Center (BAC) in Manitou Springs and will be hung in the BACs Hagnauer Gallery from June 13 to July 26, 2008.

The BAC, a non-profit arts organization, is renowned for its exhibitions, educational opportunities, development of both artistic and business skills of artists, and for hosting theater, music, and conferences. $4000 in cash awards will be presented at the juror's discretion.

Entries must be handwoven, for use in the home interior, be an original design, and be finished objects (not yardage). Traditional and non-traditional fibers, structures, and designs may be used to weave both decorative and utilitarian textiles, including but not limited to wall pieces, rugs, table linens, towels, and baskets.

Betsy Blumenthal, the juror, is a textile artist who has been exploring the intersection of weaving and dyeing for over 30 years. She holds an MFA in Textiles from Indiana University and co-authored Hands on Dyeing. Betsy was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Fine Arts at Indiana University and has taught many workshops at conferences and elsewhere across the United States.

Betsy has received awards for her work including First Prize in the Tsunami Yardage Exhibit at Convergence 2002, Jurors Award in the Lines into Shapes 2005 show at the Art Center of Estes Park, Honorable Mention in Small Expressions at Convergence 2004, and the award for Best Use of Color in Fiber Celebration 2003 in Estes Park.

Betsy has written many articles for Weavers and Handwoven magazines, and her current interests include the differential shrinkage properties of fibers and combining color with structure in double layered fabrics.

Download a prospectus from or receive one via email by contacting Susan Bowman or Beverly Weaver at Written requests may be made to Susan Bowman or Beverly Weaver c/o Pikes Peak Weavers Guild, P.O. Box 8104, Colorado Springs, CO 80933.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

February Workshop and Lecture

February's meeting will feature a lecture and slide show by Dr. Robert Liu on

Contemporary Glass Jewelry

Dr. Robert Liu, Co-editor of Ornament Magazine, will discuss contemporary glass jewelry, including the works of many bead artists. In 1975 Liu founded The Bead Journal, which changed its title in 1978 to Ornament, a journal of personal adornment. Self-trained as a jeweler and photographer, he has written extensively on ancient, ethnic and contemporary jewelry and personal adornment.

Glass Bead Making Workshop
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Location: Calico Art Glass

12:30 – 2:30 pm OR 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
Fee $65.

Learn to make glass beads for use with your spinning, weaving, knitting and other fiber arts. You will be taught basic safety, proper use of tools and glass working techniques to make copper enamel and clay mandrill beads. Each participant will go home with a selection of hand-made glass beads. No experience is necessary. The techniques you’ll learn are easy and fun.

Class size is limited to 4 members at a time. There are 2 sessions on Saturday afternoon; the first is from 12:30 – 2:30, and the second is from 3:00 – 5:00. When making your reservation, please specify which session you wish to attend. If more members are interested, another class (on a different day) can be scheduled.

To reserve your place in the workshops, email VP Elisa Purnell at epspinsATgmailDOTcom. To really reserve your place, also send a check for the class fees now to Elisa.

Reminder: There will be no program in March. Enjoy the Conference!

Please join us for our next meeting!

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Coffee & goodies. 9:30 a.m. - General Meeting
Where: 701 S. Del Norte Blvd. Units 115 & 120, Oxnard CA

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