One of the things the IGMA does particularly well is provide educational opportunities; opportunities that are not limited to its members, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend. Besides the thoroughly fun week of Guild School each June, the Guild organizes two study programs each year, in various locations around the country. Colonial Williamsburg is the setting for the first program of the year, usually on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday weekend. This year the second program will be set in beautiful Portland, Oregon, which bills itself as the City of Roses.
Study programs are loosely based on an historic or cultural feature of the host city, and in Portland, that will be the Pittock Mansion, nestled in the hills of west Portland and about 1,000 feet above the city’s skyline. It was built early in the 20th century by Henry and Georgiana Pittock whose lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland itself.
The program will take place the weekend of October 26-29, with classes beginning Saturday morning at the Marriott Portland City Center Hotel, following the Friday afternoon visit to the mansion to view the project inspirations in situ. The projects will include construction of an Arts and
Crafts rocking chair being taught by Mark Murphy, the making of a selection of tinware, as seen in the Pittock Mansion pantry, being taught by Alan Hamer, and furring and finishing a Persian cat like the one seen in a painting at the Mansion, being taught by Kerri Pajutee.
Portland is a refreshingly low-key city, with many big city features, beloved by foodies in the know and famous for its coffee houses and micro-breweries, and by myself for Powell’s bookstore and a great chocolate shop that serves the
most delicious cup of hot chocolate I’ve ever had.
Brochures will be available shortly with all the program details, or go to the IGMA website to find the information on the Education page.