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2016-17 Monthly Programs & Challenge

The Columbia Weavers and Spinners’ Guild meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May. In June, a combination meeting/potluck is arranged. There are no meetings in July and August. Except as noted, meetings are held at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), 1701 W. Ash St.

This year’s theme is “Inspirations from the Museum.” 

We challenge you to create at least one piece inspired by or incorporating elements from an artwork at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology. Our October program will be held at the museum and will feature textiles, but feel free to use any museum holding as a springboard for your piece. Use what appeals to you, whether it’s a color, design, composition or concept. If you aren’t able to attend the October program, visit the museum on your own to find a work that speaks to you. Members’ final pieces will be the topic of the May program, each shown with an image of the corresponding museum piece.

Monthly Programs

September 20 — All-Guild Show-and-Tell and Summer Conference Recap

How did you spend your time this summer? Bring your stories and projects to show and share! Works-in-progress are welcome, too.

October 18 — A Night at the Museum: Textiles in the Museum Collection

A special night viewing and learning about textile-related objects and images in the Museum of Art and Archaeology collection. This will serve as a springboard for this year’s guild challenge: create a piece inspired by a work from the museum. This meeting will be held at the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, Mizzou North, 115 Business Loop 70 W.

November 15 — Care and Feeding of Your Sewing Machine

Nancy McKellar, a recent Wulfekammer grant recipient, will share experiences from a workshop she attended on sewing machine maintenance.

December 20 — Annual Holiday Party

January 17 — Creative Exercises for the Mind and Body

Guest speakers will lead us in refreshing our creative spirits for the new year. Learn to overcome creative blocks, recharge energy and reduce stress.

February 21 — Basketry in America

University of Missouri Professors Jo Stealey and Kristin Schwain curated “Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America,” an exhibit on view Spring ’17 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology. Come hear about challenges curating this exhibit, and view images of the pieces on display.

March 21 — Exploring Hemp

Springfield artist and hemp fiber enthusiast Mimi Aumann presents her work using hemp and addresses the status of this once prominent Missouri industry.   

April 18 — Vintage Textiles with a Modern Edge

Lorri Scott of l.a.s fibers/wayward threads talks about her work using vintage and eco-dyed fabrics and remnants.

May 16  — Guild Challenge Re-cap: Pieces Inspired by A Night at the Museum

Join us as guild members discuss their experiences with the museum challenge. Members’ challenge pieces will be featured, each shown with an image of the museum piece that inspired them. See page 7 for details of this
year’s challenge.

June 21 — Annual Picnic, location to be determined

We will end the year with our annual picnic. Watch the Tie-up for the location.

Except as noted, all programs will be held at the Columbia Arts and Recreation Center (the ARC), 1701 W. Ash St., from 7 to 9 p.m.