The Guild Show move to Windsor, CT and the change to a September date was a rousing success! Those attending had fabulous experiences taking classes, watching demonstrations, seeing lovely exhibits, bidding on auction pieces, enjoying Kaye Browning’s beautiful program and, of course, shopping for miniature wonderfulness. We heard rave reviews all week long and the show ended with the sales room breaking out in appreciative applause for the decisions made to change the course of the Guild Show.
The number of classes offered, were more than doubled this year, which gave patrons many excellent choices of projects and top notch instructors. The classes were very well attended in the gorgeous, luxurious classrooms of the new venue. For 2018 we will continue to offer a wide range of classes which will surely offer something to tempt you!
The dealers who filled the room represented 22 states and 7 countries with their exquisite miniatures in all genres. There were so many beautiful artisan-made pieces; it was hard to decide which ones to add to your collection! Most of these exhibitors have already committed to returning for 2018!
Sincere thanks to our advertisers and our five sponsors for partnering with The Guild Show to bring miniatures to a wider audience. Our sponsors were:
• Whimsies Doll House Shop, Greenwich, CT
• Kathleen Savage Browning Collection, Maysville, KY
• Philadelphia Miniaturia, Cherry Hill, NJ
• Gulliver’s Gate, New York, NY
• Friends of the Guild Show, everywhere
We plan to do it all again September 18-23, 2018 and we truly hope you will join us!
The 2017 Guild School, Putting It All Together, was held the week of June 10th through 16th at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. There were 28 instructors, all Artisans and Fellows of the Guild, offering a selection of 42 different classes. Classes included furniture construction, plant making, upholstery, metalworking, folk painting, structures, needlework, wood turning, and sculpting. Skill levels ranged from beginner to advanced. 191 students attended; 25 were first-year students. There were 28 guests. Students and instructors joined us from 38 states and 14 countries. Three scholarships, funded by the School Auction, were awarded to: Valeria Bonomi from Italy, Hanna Maria Clement from Denmark, and Peter Gabel from Boston MA. Also attending was Japan Guild Scholar in Residence, Miyoko Isshiki from Tokyo, Japan. In addition to providing scholarships, auction proceeds went towards the purchase of tools and equipment for the Tool Pool and towards the general operating expenses of the school. The 2017 School Silent and Live Auctions brought in $40,952. Other activities which took place during the school week included; new student orientation; opening banquet and program; school exhibit; two nights of seminars; a lobster cookout; live auction; four days of silent auctions; sell night; display of student projects; graduation banquet and party; and nightly social gatherings. This is in addition to 36 or 48 hours of daily instruction over 6 days.
2017 Guild School Committee
Director - Barbara Davis
Assistant to the Director - Carol Hardy
Office Manager - Annelle Ferguson
Scholarship Chairperson - Peggy Bugg
Auction Coordinators - Carol Hinkle
Exhibit Coordinator - Audrey Tripp
Tool Pool Coordinator - Pete Boorum
Education Chairperson - Pat Richards
Social Media Liaison - Bonni Backe
Students at Large - Carolyn Beesley, Steve Davies
Instructors at Large - Diane Almeyda, Mary Grady O’Brien
International Representative - Daniela Keifhaber
2017 Guild School Scholarship Committee
Peggy Bugg, Chairperson
Mike Barbour, Cheryl Kerfoot, Cristina Minischetti, Bill Robertson
Taking place January 13-16, 2017, the annual Study Program in Colonial Williamsburg offered 4 classes taught by Bill Robertson, Alan Hamer, Pete and Pam Boorum and Pat Hartman.
Students began arriving Thursday to enjoy an informal dinner at Berret’s that evening and to take in some of the historic atmosphere. Official program events began Friday with an optional tour of two historic buildings, followed by the opening ceremonies, which included teachers’ presentation of class projects. Attendees then drove to Sue and Joe Rountree’s welcoming home for a delicious dinner and lots of conversation.
Classes began bright and early Saturday morning and students were quickly immersed in cutting, sanding, soldering and stitching. Scheduled coffee breaks allowed students to compare notes and share progress. Lunch and dinner breaks gave participants a chance to explore the area’s wonderful variety of restaurants, many within walking distance.
Classes continued all day Saturday and Sunday, wrapping up Monday morning with a luncheon at the hotel, where all projects were on display, finished or not, and those stitching the coverlet, were definitely not!
IGMA Annual General Meeting - August 2016 Attendees of the Annual General Meeting met for breakfast on Sunday, before the doors of the Guild Show opened. President, Teresa Layman, explained the wonderful things that have happened in the Guild over the last 12 months.
There were 11 newly recognized Artisans and Fellows, 2 receivers of Study Grants and 2 School Scholarships issued.
It was also the appropriate time to recognize and praise the huge number of volunteers who help IGMA by presenting them with ‘voluntiaras’. Can you spot any familiar faces in the photo wearing their tiaras? An enjoyable time was had by all!
Please join IGMA at the next Annual General Meeting: September 25, 2017, at the Hartford Windsor Marriott.
2 IGMA Fellows and an Artisan taught 3-day classes in the historic Imperial College building, located in the museum district of London (the College is across the street from the Victoria & Albert Museum).
It was truly an international affair. Teachers Jamie Carrington and Geoff Wonnacott, from England, and Tine Krijnen, from The Netherlands, taught students from England and others from as far away as Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, and even a few participants traveled from the U.S. This event certainly highlighted the ‘International’ in "IGMA".
Many participants in the London classes later attended The Kensington Dollshouse Festival, which was held at the end of the week.