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.