You haven’t heard it yet? Where have you been? 2014 is the 35th anniversary of the Guild and we are celebrating the occasion in a big way at The Guild Show this August.
The festivities will commence when the first class begins on Wednesday, August 6. That evening anyone in town is welcome to join the show organizers for the opening ceremonies and perhaps by then we’ll know who was the recipient of the first of the 35 Give-Aways. Yes! This is no cheesy two door prize show, this is a show proud of its 35 year history and we’re honoring it by giving away 35 prizes across the weekend’s events.
Who will be the lucky recipients? Perhaps the 35th person to sign up for a class, or the 35th person to walk in the door, or to the 35th bid on a silent auction item…will that be you?
And the prizes, they’re not cheesy either and will range from Artisan and Fellow member pieces to items from artists of international renown.
If you are located in the New England states, or can get there this fall, you might want to check out the new study program just announced by the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. The program will be held in conjunction with Strawbery Banke, a 10 acre outdoor history museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and the projects will be drawn from museum collections at Strawbery Banke and nearby historic properties. Portsmouth, located on the Piscataqua River, was an important shipping port in the early years of the United States’ history and the site of the first Naval shipyard. More recently it ranked as one of the National Historic Trusts’ Dozen Distinctive Destinations for its stimulating mix of history, art, shopping and dining.
Participating instructors include Bill Robertson, Bonni Backe, Pete and Pam Boorum and Deb Mackie, all IGMA Artisan or Fellow members with many years of teaching experience between them. The Study Program will commence on Friday, September 19, with
tours of Strawbery Banke and the Warner House, built in 1716 for ship owner Archibald Macphaedris; followed by the opening reception and dinner at Mombo Restaurant on the grounds of Strawbery Banke.
Eighteen hours of instruction, the tours of Strawbery Banke and Warner house, along with the opening dinner and graduation luncheon are included in the tuition fee. Attendees are expected to make their own housing arrangements and a discounted rate has been arranged with The Homewood Suites Portsmouth. Please visit the IGMA website for more information. You do not need to be a member of IGMA to take part, but if you are, you get a discount on tuition.
There will be well over 200 dealers at Tom Bishop’s Chicago International Show next month. Most are artists who make and sell their own work, but there will be one special table, the Gallery of the Guild table, in the middle of the Grand Ballroom that will have the work of many artists for sale, artists who have achieved the level of Artisan and Fellow membership in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. The Guild extends this benefit of membership to all Artisan and Fellow members who would like to sell their work, but may not be able to attend shows, or generate enough work to fill a table of their own.
Peter Gabel who received his Artisan recognition in the field of miniature plants and flowers has consigned his prize winning composition made from hundreds of tiny shells to the Gallery table in Chicago; it is truly a one of a kind piece.
April Haswell, an Artisan recognized for her very fine crochet work will be represented at the Gallery table by several very tiny crocheted toys.
Chuck Lubin received his Artisan membership in the category of Accessories/Wood Turnings and the Gallery will be showing several of his lovely turned acrylic bowls and vases.
The Gallery of the Guild is a great opportunity for these members to participate in a retail situation that they might not otherwise be able to enjoy, and its a great opportunity for the public to see more great artists’ work.