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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. Please join us each second Saturday from September through May from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 625 C. Street.

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
"Giving Thanks"
November is one of my favorite months. Winter routines are
becoming settled and a little bit of time can now be set aside to plan for the upcoming holiday season. I am reminded simply by the turn of my calendar, that it is time to be thankful, for it is November.

Our booth at the Arts and Crafts Emporium, full to overflowing with handwoven and handspun items, is also a reminder to others to give thanks. Gift giving, even to oneself, can be a warm, thoughtful exchange during an otherwise busy time of year. When one gives, or perhaps is lucky enough to receive a handmade article, gratitude arcs its way from the maker through the giver and lastly, to the receiver. Consider volunteering to be a part of this heartfelt exchange even if time has left you shorthanded without an item to sell.

All of us on the Board wish you and your family a most warm, healthy and thankful beginning to the 2014 Holiday Season.
Pamela M. Grefsrud, President, AWSG

2014 Alaska State Fair - interesting tidbits
There were 242 entries (20 more than in 2013).
There were 51 demonstrations and 488 volunteer hours.
There will be new fair guidelines published May 2015.

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.

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
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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