Homemade breakfast food was shared as a way to break the ice and get to know one another.
While participants relished these goodies, a Show and Tell Session took place and everyone was able to present their work to the group as well as give some background information about themselves and their art.
Through the generosity of our membership, three member/presenters spoke to the group on various textile related topics. Shelley Brenner Baird provided a very thought provoking PowerPoint presentation on her textile career, including a progression of her work spanning the last thirty years. She also brought examples of her art and discussed dyeing methods as well as the use of thermofax screening.
The group continued to get to know each other while eating box lunches catered by Panera Breads. The next presentation was given by Dee Dadik and Molly Butler, certified Textile Appraisers, on the importance of having art quilts appraised. They were also able to give members tips on safe shipping techniques and insurance.
The last presenter of the day was Terry Ann Hartzell who provided a power point presentation that focused on the use of technology in quilt design. The talk illustrated how to incorporate good design principles, use technology to catalog inspiration, and techniques for making patterns. Also covered were ideas to help artists organize their work and tips on preventing violation of the copy right laws.
The meeting ended with a plenary session. Members engaged in a brainstorming process to develop a 2011 plan of action. The top three interests expressed by the group were: 1.) holding quarterly meetings 2.) organizing a SAQA Ohio Exhibition, perhaps in conjunction with an adjoining state and 3.) organizing critique groups. Other ideas included sponsoring workshops and lectures, encouraging regionalized parlour meetings, working with colleges and museums to promote art quilts and studio tours.
The meeting concluded with announcements and door prizes. Evaluations were distributed and the results, I am proud to announce were purely positive. Members seemed very excited about the opportunity to meet each other and are very much looking forward to our next get together. So, if you were unable to attend last weekend, plans are in the works for a second meeting to take place this spring. A big thank you to everyone that made this event a success, including those that brought food, helped set up or tear down, register attendees and of course a great big thank you to our presenters who graciously donated their expertise to the group. A special thank you goes out to Susan Holmes of theThe Nelsonville Quilt Company for donating a $20.00 gift certificate as a door prize and to Dee Dadik and Molly Butler who donated a free textile appraisal valued at $40.00
Members in Attendance
Terry Ann Hartzell
Shelley Brenner Baird
Mary Ellen Echelbarger