The end of something is almost always the beginning of something else, and the end of the Guild Show 2014 last weekend meant the start of the Guild Show 2015, but maybe more importantly, it meant a bit of a vacation and time to be creative in different ways. And after such an intense period of concentration, the creativity burst out in several different directions. Its all good and will all infuse and reinvigorate the soul for the next experience.
The 35th Anniversary Guild Show was a tremendous amount of fun. There are so many miniature shows one can attend these days, that you might wonder what is so special about the Guild Show. For that very reason, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans has moved in a unique direction to make their show a weekend long experience. It helps that it is held just the other side of the river from New York City and attendees can pop into town to take advantage of the many cultural attractions; on their own or on one of the show committee’s organized trips-to take in a Broadway show, or to shop the many and varied stores in the garment district for trims and materials that you may not be able to find at your local craft shops back home.
The Guild is also well known for their educational offerings and the show is another venue for learning. Classes are, and were, offered in lengths ranging from a few hours, to a full day and sometimes longer. Free learning opportunities were available as well, the Desserts and Demonstrations Friday evening before the show was a chance to sit down with artists and learn a little about how they make their pieces. On Sunday, there was free crafting enjoyed by all-from those of elementary school age, to-ahem, the well past elementary school age attendees.
All told, many excellent reasons to attend the Guild Show, and as a bonus, for Guild members, its free! And now, to begin work on the Guild Show 2015.
Have you ever wondered how to work with some of those polymer clays? How about how to make authentic looking finger joints on some of those miniature boxes you’ve seen on Pam and Pete Boorum’s table? Maybe you’ve wondered if you should switch to LED lights for your next project. Well, you might find the answers to some of your questions at the 35th Anniversary Guild Show’s Gathering of the Guild Friday night August
8th. Now, that doesn’t really sound like a great place to find answers, but you might not know that the Gathering is also known as Desserts and Demonstrations and 12 artists are getting ready to let you in on a few of their secrets.
Betsey Baker and Sue Veeder will be demonstrating how to work with Super Sculpey. Betsey uses it to sculpt the wonderful dolls’ heads that give her creations such personality and
Sue will demonstrate how her cats come to life with that polymer clay.
Tim Kraft, lighting master extraordinaire, will demonstrate LED lighting techniques, warm versus cool lighting and what effects that can have on a miniature scene.
Jane Graber will be demonstrating how she decorates the fine
stone and redware she makes preparatory to firing. Slip-trailing, painting and sgraffito are all used at various times and for various effects.
Jim Pounder’s exquisite sculptures are done with the lost wax casting process; stop by his table to see exactly how that process works.
In total, there will be 12 different topics being discussed and demonstrated at the Gathering of the Guild that Friday evening prior to the Guild Show. Stop by, find out what you don’t know and enjoy reconnecting with your mini friends over a tasty bite from the free and bountiful dessert bar-or the more healthful selections, if that’s your preference!
Lately I am much surprised by how quickly the time flies. I know I’m dating myself when I say I don’t remember it flying quite so quickly when I was younger. Just 3 weeks from today I and my fellow committee members will be heading to the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe to begin on site preparations for the 35th Anniversary Guild Show August 9th and 10th. There is so much going on in these last few weeks that lists have overtaken life and I don’t do much without consulting them.
The 35 Give-Aways are being packaged up and there is a list for when and where those will be awarded to show attendees. There is a growing list of fun and intriguing questions that will reveal how much the Anniversary Dinner guests know about the Guild-participation is not mandatory, but there will be prizes! There is a list of items to be packed into dealer goodie bags-we do like to be known as a friendly show, and of course, there is a very long list of things still remaining to be done before heading out that door.
Lest we haven’t stated it often enough, there is a roster of wonderful classes taking place Thursday and Friday before the show, many still have space available. You can join the theater group going on the Broadway Night excursion Thursday evening, they’ll be seeing ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’, this year’s Tony award winning musical, and will enjoy dinner at La Trattoria Trecolori beforehand. Mike Barbour will be taking a group into town Friday morning for a romp through the garment district-fabric and trim stores galore! And if none of that appeals to you, there is a list on the website of other events and nearby destinations varied enough to suit anyone and everyone’s interests. Friday evening the Gathering of the Guild features artists demonstrating various aspects of their craft at tables along one side of the Grand Concourse, and along the other is an eye-popping and possibly diet-busting FREE buffet of desserts and crudités.
Saturday the main event-the 35th Anniversary Guild Show opens its doors to IGMA members at 9 a.m. and to the General Public at 10 a.m. Dealers, and shoppers, will be attending from around the world and many treasures await discovery. The Small Beginnings sales area hold treasures for the younger collectors and their limited budgets while outside the salesroom doors silent auctions held during during show hours provide yet one more shopping opportunity.
After the show on Saturday comes the big Anniversary Party, beginning with a cocktail hour, cash bar, and an abbreviated live auction featuring items that represent people and programs from Guild history. Will you find something here by which you’ll remember this momentous occasion? Dinner follows with delectable carving and buffet-style stations from which to fill your dinner plates. More prizes and fun remembrances from our past will wrap up the festivities and a great time is virtually guaranteed.
The show winds down on Sunday, still with significant events to attract and welcome first time and returning attendees. Free crafting projects will be taking place in the Grand Concourse from noon to 2:30 p.m., with a variety of projects for a variety of skills; from the ultra-simple-punch and shape paper plates in 1/12 scale, to more complex-assemble one of the Chrysnbon kits that a generous donor provided for this event.
Directions to the show hotel can be found on the website along with a link to our special room rates. Our block of rooms is only guaranteed until July 22, so don’t waste any time making your reservations. Once the rooms are released, the price can fluctuate widely.
And there you have it, a very long list of events for a very fun weekend. We sure hope to see you there!