Its been more than 10 years since I last saw the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, but the awe they inspired, still remains with me. Each of those settings successfully blurs the line between reality and make believe…if you saw only a photo of them,
you’d never know they were miniatures.
The Guild Study Program being held in Chicago this coming October, will give those in attendance, a chance to see the Thorne Rooms up close and personal, with a guided tour given by Thorne Rooms curator, Mican Morgan. Mican has been the working with and caring for the Thorne Rooms for many years, and will be sharing with program participants, things that the average museum going will never see. Nestled in several of the rooms sit the original inspirations
for the projects the Chicago Study Program participants will be working to replicate. The classes represent a variety of mediums and techniques, with painting, furniture construction and upholstery, model-making and the additive process of
carving, wherein modeling material is used to build up the object you are replicating instead of being cut away. As with most IGMA educational programs, teachers will be IGMA Artisan and Fellow members with many years of teaching experience behind them.
Classes will be held at the Club Quarters Hotel in downtown Chicago and tuition includes 18 hours of instruction, a tour of the Thorne Rooms as well as a walking tour of downtown Chicago, Friday night’s reception and dinner and Monday’s graduation luncheon. Arrangements have been made with the hotel for discounted rooms for program participants, making this the perfect opportunity for a visit to Chicago with a wonderful learning opportunity thrown in for good measure, or vice versa!
There are many reasons to fit the 2015 Guild Show into your travel plans this summer, not least of which is the showroom full of dealers offering wonderful merchandise! There are classes being held in the days leading up to the show and demonstrations by skilled craftspeople along with a free and bountiful dessert buffet the evening before the show opens. The Desserts and Demonstration: Gathering of the Guild is a great time to reconnect with friends
and learn something new!
During show hours on Saturday and Sunday, silent auctions will be taking place just outside the showroom, and Saturday just at the close of the show, the live auction will begin, offering special pieces for your collection, most will be one of a kind and made by IGMA Artisan and Fellow members.
As well as a showroom full of dealers for adult collectors, there is Small Beginnings, 3
tables set aside and filled with merchandise for beginning collectors-children under 14. The Small Beginnings sales area is supplied by donations and staffed with volunteers who will help their patrons make choices free from parental influence…and with prices to suitable for their budgets. Sunday afternoon, there will be free craft projects for anyone to enjoy in the Grand Concourse just outside the showroom.
If you’re a Guild member, this gathering is also the location of the Guild’s annual meeting, a chance to meet the members of their Board of Trustees and to hear what is going on within the organization. A complimentary continental breakfast is available to all who attend.
And lest we forget, Teaneck is a brief 20 minute bus ride from New York City and all that has to offer. A partial listing of opportunities there is available on our website.
The 2015 Guild Show is just a few short weeks away now, and Carol Block, the chair of the Gallery of the Guild program, says she’s willing to expand the Gallery’s real estate at the show–so, how many IGMA Artisan and Fellow members can we get to participate in the program? At the moment, there are almost 25 names on the Gallery’s dealer list. If you’re an Artisan or Fellow member of the Guild, and your name is not on it, what’s stopping
you? The application is posted on the IGMA website along with the rules and regulations; so, fill one out and mail it with your pieces to Carol in the next few weeks. Let’s make the Guild Show even more representative of our very talented membership!