Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Workshop Announcement

Tapestry Workshop by Jane Hoffman

Waugh Mountain Alpacas
Nutrioso, Arizona

Saturday, August 23, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 24, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Skill Level:
Beginning and Intermediate

-will investigate the art of tapestry by learning tapestry techniques.
-weave a sampler using basic tapestry techniques.
-explore the quality of texture by incorporating a variety of fibers in their sampler.

Workshop can include the following:
-design methods for planning a tapestry.
-slide show
-finishing, blocking, and mounting tapestries

$175 per person - includes breakfast and lunch both days and a tapestry loom for you to keep. Kids 12 yrs and older are welcome (cost for kids is the same to cover materials and food)No special skills or prior experience are needed!
Breakfast and lunch will be served both days of the workshop.
Yarn will be supplied by Jane Hoffman & Waugh Mountain.
The workshop will be at Waugh Mountain Ranch which is located on the east side of Hwy. 180 in Nutrioso, Arizona; just south of mile marker 414 (across from the transfer station)
Visit this link for more info & registration form!

Dave and Terry Fillipi

Jane Hoffman, Blue River Studio

Monday, February 11, 2008

Desert Meditations exhibit deadline reminder!

Greetings to all!

Seasons are changing in both hemispheres of our beautiful planet, and the time is quickly approaching for Desert Tapestry Weavers' 1st year anniversary and our first members' online exhibit!

This is a reminder for all members... please consider entering a work that represents your interpretation of the theme Desert Meditations. Also, our first newsletter of the year will be published at the same time, so please consider submitting an article... introduce yourself if you haven't already; let us have a peek of what's on your looms, what you just cut off, or what you are planning; if you don't have a tapestry to submit for the exhibit write about your desert meditations to inspire all of us!

Here are the details again:

The show’s title, Desert Meditations, was selected because it is inclusive of all things desert. Whether you interpret it as a specific thing or place, or as an abstract tapestry reflecting a mood or sense of place, it does not matter. All entries are welcomed.

~jpeg or gif format (include file name in your email, please!)
~name and size of tapestry, plus materials used

Some specifics:
~all entries will be accepted
~there is no size constraint
~the work can be current or from the past
~include a short statement (200 words or less) about the tapestry

Files are due to Lyn (desertsonghart@yahoo.com) by May 1, 2008 so the show can be posted by our first anniversary, May 22, 2008.

Happy weaving, everyone!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tohono Chul Park is seeking submissions by Southwest artists for an upcoming exhibit:

Artful Insects and Inspired Arachnids
May 22 – August 17, 2008
Free Artists’ Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5:30 – 7:30pm

We are surrounded by a universe of fluttering moths and butterflies, hovering dragonflies and honey bees, industrious harvester ants and paper wasps, lacy web-making spiders, and a plethora of other insects. Quite simply, as we hustle about our daily routines, we often do not notice the various bugs and spiders that are denizens of our environment. Perhaps they get our attention when we get bitten by one or when they have munched the leaves in our garden. And yet, if we take a closer look at the complex beauty of the six- and eight-legged critters—their artful camouflage, their delicate, iridescent wings—and the various roles they play—as they pollinate plants which feed the planet and loosen and fertilize the soil-- we may gain a greater appreciation of these diminutive creatures.

This group exhibit will focus on a wide range of paintings, drawings, jewelry and beadwork, works in clay, fiber, metals, mixed media, and photography inspired by the insects, spiders and creepy crawlies primarily from our region. From realistic renderings to artful fancy, the diversity of artworks helps us all to be aware of and look a little closer at the tiniest creatures in our world and see them a little differently.

Tohono Chul Park, where nature, art and culture connect, is a not-for-profit organization located in a residential setting in northwest Tucson. The Park is a 49-acre desert garden with a charming 75 year-old restored adobe building providing space for changing displays. It has an active art and cultural exhibits program and a family-oriented audience. Gallery hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily. Our website is http://www.tohonochulpark.org/.

Submissions accepted: through April 8, 2008; No Entry Fee; No limit on number of works that can be submitted.

Slides, photos or CDs of completed work may be submitted by mail to: (Please include SASE)
Vicki Donkersley, Curator of Exhibitions
Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704

Or digital entries will be accepted by email to: vickidonkersley@tohonochulpark.org

Please print the form below and mail with your entries or reproduce the form and send digitally.

Entry Form

Artist’s Name:_____________________________



Phone: (_____)______________ email:_________________

Submitted by: Mail______________ Email___________ Date submitted_________

Type of Media submitted: Slides_________ Photos__________ CD_________


Number of entries: ___________

Title: ________________

No. Images: ___________

Medium: _____________

Size (H x W x D): _______

Please include short statement about your work as it relates to the theme of the exhibit with your entry form.

Entry form
Slides or photos identified with artist name and title/or jpegs on a single CD
A self-addressed, stamped envelope with enough postage for return of mailed materials
Short statement about the work as it relates to the theme

Contact Vicki Donkersley, 520 742-6455 x218
or email: vickidonkersley@tohonochulpark.org

If works are offered for sale, Tohono Chul pays artist 60% and keeps $40% commission. Works do not have to be for sale. Sales are handled through the Museum Shop. All work must remain on display until the end of the exhibit. Work is insured while on display at the Park.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Artists Call to PEACE

Inspired by collaborative projects like the Aids Memorial Quilt and Sonya Clark’s Beaded Prayers Project, we invite you to help create the “Countdown to PEACE.” Presented in calendar format, the project will begin with March 19, 2003 (the day the war in Iraq began) and will end when the war ends. At this point we are into the fifth year of the war; the calendar format allows us a way to measure the full extent of the war and gives us a visual sense of its continuing scope.

tapestry woven by DTW member Lyn Hart was used for the first exhibit postcard


Each calendar month will be its own presentation board made up of 4-inch squares, 7 across and 5-6 rows down. Each entry will represent one day of this war. We are inviting artists to send us entries that are no larger than 4-inches square, no deeper than l inch, and no heavier than 2 pounds. Limiting size will make display feasible. Work that is included in this project will become the property of the project. The entries will be permanently attached to the “calendar” pages for ease of transporting.

Any media is acceptable. Remember that since only one side of the work will be seen, 2-D approaches are preferred, however clay or metal works done in relief (for example) will also be accepted. Please adhere photographic images or paper entries to foam core or cardboard cut to size. And with all entries, please indicate the TOP of the work.

We intend for the project to be POSITIVE in nature. We are mainly interested in your personal VISION OF PEACE. Please do not use imagery and/or text that is specific to any government officials or policies. Please keep the focus on PROMOTING PEACE rather than on decrying war.

Entries that do not meet the criteria in terms of size or content will be returned to the sender.


Download the Entry Form (PDF), print and fill out all information requested. Send your work, along with $10. PER ENTRY; the entry fee is non-refundable. Make checks payable to “Countdown to Peace.”

Mail your entry and check to:
Countdown to Peace, PO Box 145, Ayden, NC 28513

Money collected from the entry fees will be used STRICTLY to defray the costs of display materials, promotional information, shipping, and insurance.

Our website: http://pages.suddenlink.net/w2la_design/peace/index.htm is up and running. It will provide information on current developments and will also give participating artists a link to their websites. Our first exhibit was November 2007 at the Mendenhall Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University. Included in the exhibits will be 1. an alphabetical listing of all contributors with the day, month, and year where each entry is displayed and 2. a chronological listing of entries along with artist’s name.