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.