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The Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of the fiber arts in Alaska. The guild seeks to promote the exhibition of fiber arts and to inform its members and the public through lectures, workshops and craft demonstrations.

We hold monthly meetings from September through May, often featuring a guest speaker. at 10:00 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at the Anchorage Museum in the Reynolds Classroom. Other Guild activities include beginning weaving and spinning classes, workshops led by professional instructors, demonstration of weaving and spinning at local events, participation in the Alaska State Fair, and a spring and fall fiber retreat in cooperation with the Valley Fiber Arts Guild.

September is the beginning of our new year of Guild activities and dues are again due! Guild dues are 25 dollars a year, and enable members to vote, participate in workshops & seminars, receive the newsletters and have access to our equipment & library resources. Membership to receive the newsletter only is $10/year. If you plan to be at the September meeting, we will have a basket up front where you can drop off your payment. If you won’t be at the meeting then please mail your dues to Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild, PO Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524-4055. Please be sure to update your contact information if you have moved too. We use the contact information to generate our infoblast and newsletter lists, so its important it keep it up to date if you want to stay in the know about guild happenings. The members only password on our website will change Nov 1st and you don’t want to be left out. PDF Membership Application

President’s Message
Fall is around the corner!

Nowhere else have I lived where the zenith of summer is such a notable mark both on the calendar, as well as, in the summer sky. Admittedly, I welcome the return of evening hours where the sun sets at a decent hour leaving small glows of lights here and there inside and out. At this time of year, I am reminded to look ahead and start mental preparations for the return of shorter daylight hours and the coming fall.

At our July Transition Meeting, Board members did just that by focusing on the upcoming guild season and began with seriousness putting together the pieces for an active, educational and fun-filled year with events and activities. We will begin our guild season with a perennial favorite: demonstrating our skills at the Alaska State Fair. Shortly following will be our monthly meetings with programs, workshops on weaving and spinning, a Fiber Fling, a Community Service Project, Threads Fashion Show 2015, and lastly, our second annual Retreat 2015. (Hint: to keep abreast of all these activities, read our newsletters and visit our website frequently. Members Anne Brooks and Linda Conover do a fantastic job keeping us up-to-date and looking spectacular online.)

There is something for everyone in this upcoming guild season. Come to our General Meeting on Saturday, September 13th, pay your dues and be prepared to update your calendars with opportunities galore.

On behalf of the entire Board, we look forward to welcoming you back to another guild season.

Pamela M. Grefsrud, President, AWSG

Seeking Volunteers
Would you like to be involved in Guild leadership? The Board is seeking some volunteers for the following ad-hoc committee positions:

Study Group Coordinator - The Study Group Coordinator is responsible for some coordination among study group leaders. Volunteer will provide a blurb to the newsletter indicating study groups are forthcoming and requesting group leaders, will facilitate group sign ups with a brief introduction of the program during the guild meeting and provide periodic program updates to the ANWG Board. Study Group coordinator will not be responsible for leading a study group, finding volunteer instructors or attending a study group (unless they so choose to participate in these activities). This position is open to any guild member and requires no spinning/weaving experience.

November Sale Assistant - Nicole has a training commitment the week of the sale and can’t be onsite on Friday for booth setup. We need a sale assistant to oversee the booth setup volunteers on Friday. It only takes a couple hours to get everything onsite and in place for the sale. We usually begin setup at around 4pm and the decorating volunteers are able to start putting items out at around 6pm. Nicole has written up directions for setup so there are very clear lists of what needs to be transported to site for setup and how things go together.

Community Service Project Coordinator - Traditionally the guild has had a community service project that members can contribute to. Examples of past projects include: chemo caps, lap robes and receiving blankets. We’d like suggestions for a new community service project and a volunteer to coordinate the effort. Suggestions and coordinator need not come from the same person.

If you are interested in any of these positions please contact Nicole Putnam at nickp@gci.net or Pamela Grefsrud, Pamela's email.

Alaska artists invited to apply for upcoming Anchorage Museum exhibitions
'All Alaska Juried’ and solo exhibition deadline is July 1. The winner of the Best of Show Award receives a $1,000 prize. “All Alaska Juried XXXV” opens Nov. 7 and will be on view through Feb. 1, 2015 at the Anchorage Museum. More information.

A heads up: Another Fashion Show is coming in 2015! See the events page for details.

Thank You ConocoPhillips
The Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild would like to extend a big thank you to ConocoPhillips for their grant of $500.  We plan to use this grant to replace outdated library materials for the Guild library.  The grant is made possible by Conoco Phillips Employee Involvement Program which is designed to support local non-profit organizations and employee volunteerism.  We were awarded this grant based on the service of Conoco Phillips employee, Sara Pates’ service as an ANWG Board Member.  Thank you Conoco Phillips and thank you Sara!

Threads 2011 Fashion Show and Atrium Sale at the Anchorage Museum
and Fashion Show slideshow

Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild is featured in "Craft a Guild" newsletter, about community service projects.

Below Julie Carter shows off her shadow weave at a monthly meeting during show and tell.

Julie Carter

Guild Library: The guild has a library of spinning and weaving books, videos and equipment available for rent to members.
members only page.



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