Friday, November 16, 2012

Notes from Elizabeth on the Nov 7 Portland Parlor Meeting

We had a good meeting at Gerrie's house on Wednesday, with about 24 members attending, including two new members.Many thanks, as always, to Gerrie for hosting, and to those who brought delicious home-baked goodies.

A warm welcome to both our new members: Anita Kaplan and Annette Mcfarlane. Please add them to your email lists. We are trying to switch to the more efficient method of using the Yahoo site created by Gerrie for communications. If you haven't yet signed up for this group, please do so as soon as you can.

Some fifteen members brought finished pieces for the "References" challenge - 12" x 12" (sometimes 3D) pieces exploring new ways to create inspired by SAQA's revised definition of the art quilt. We saw some beautiful pieces that included an amazing variety of themes, techniques and materials. The stories that accompanied each piece were equally interesting, giving new life to the idea of "story quilts". If you haven't yet completed a piece, there is still time!

Several members brought new work for Show and Tell, or reported exciting news of acceptance and awards in various shows.

We decided we would not hold a formal meeting in December, but there will be an Open House at my house on Wednesday December 19th from 10 a.m. to 12 midday, to celebrate both the Holiday season, and our first year as a group - yay!!! No formal program (a great chance to catch up on news and gossip without being shushed) but this would be a good opportunity to contribute ideas for what you would like to see happen in the group in 2013.  Betty has offered to bring refreshments; would anyone else like to volunteer?

If you can't make the get-together, please post your ideas to the Yahoo site or email Betty, Gerrie or myself - we need everyone's input to ensure that the group is responsive to your vision for the group's future.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving, everyone. See you in December.

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