Minutes-2015 January


RIVER VALLEY ARTS GUILD   Meeting: January 26, 2015.  Meeting held at Eagles Nest Coffee House

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Vice President, Nancy Zimmerman.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  19 + one special guest, Joseph.  Introductions:  New member Claire Abbott, welcome Claire!  and Donna Richardson’s friend, Joseph who is learning to knit.  Way to go, Joseph!

TREASURER’S REPORT:   On Hand:  $1,718.17 Expenditures:  $250.00,  Deposits $384.00.  Thirty-two paid members including three new.



Scholarship – Our by-laws call for at least one community service project each year.  The decision was made last year that we would offer a $250 Scholarship to a student continuing their education in the Arts.  Donna Richardson has been our coordinator on this project and now has the necessary paperwork to finalize our donation.  The Guild will be acknowledged at the Awards Banquet and Commencement.  Check is due April 1.

Spring Boutique Sale –The question came up as to whether we were having a spring boutique sale.  We think we are, but not sure of the dates.  Jan Kasper, can you provide an update at the February meeting, please.

Upcoming Programs

As we have no Program Coordinator for this year, everyone has been asked to think of ideas for monthly programs.  Seven months are now spoken for, but five remain.  If you have an idea for a program, email Pat Boesel  pcboesel@gmail.com, who will post it to the website calendar and then take it to the Board.   All ideas are welcome!  Here is what is planned:

January – Wool Dyeing Show & Tell, Pat B

February – Rug Hooking Discussion by Paulette Wentzlaff of Magnolias on Locust St. (shop) and River Rock Wools (on-line store), Jan Kasper (this was confirmed with Paulette on 1/27)

March – Urban Shanty, “flipping” furniture event (see additional notes below)

April – Mary Logue, author, artist, rug hooker.  Pat B

May – open

June – open

July – open

August – Running Dog Ranch (Corrine)

September – Canvas Rug Painting (Kathy A & Gail) (this is a change since Monday night)

October – subject TBD, Wild Wooly Women subgroup

November – open

December – holiday party


May meeting date change:  Our May meeting falls on Memorial Day, so we will meet the week prior, May 18.

Urban Shanty:   Several RVAG members are signed up for “Flipping Saturday” at the  Urban Shanty in Alma, WI.  The store repurposes (flips) furniture and other things that they sell in their store one weekend a month.  They offer classes where 6-8 people can bring in a chair, small end table, or other small piece of furniture or multiple pictures frames  and flip it themselves by using the stores paints, varnishes, sanders, and other tools of the trade.  The cost is $25 per person.

They also host private parties and Pat B asked if this would be something we would be interested in  doing as a program.  It was decided the March meeting will be a Flipping Party at the Urban Shanty in Alma.  Anyone wanting to actually work on a piece of furniture will need to pre-register through Pat B pcboesel@gmail.com  Everyone else will be able to watch the process and lend an encouraging word to those up to their elbows in sawdust and paint.  For added fun the tentative plan is to meet somewhere in Alma for dinner at 5:30, then proceed to Urban Shanty at 6:30.   Go to Facebook to see what this little business is all about  https://www.facebook.com/UrbanShanty  and then plan to sign up to “flip” a piece of furniture.      More information will be available at the February meeting after plans are finalized.   Definitely want to flip on Monday, email Pat as space is limited.


MATERIAL GIRLS:   Monthly the 3rd Thursday

WILD WOOLIE WOMEN: Monthly the 1st Wednesday

HOOKERS:  Meets every Friday 11 AM.


Melody will be teaching a felted wool applique class on February 9 at ENCH.   The project is a rug called “Paisley Penny Rug”.  Jan has the pattern for sale and you will pick your own wools.  Details are being finalized.  If you are interested, contact Melody or Jan for more information.

Nancy Zimmerman and Pat B are conducting a hands-on dye workshop (fabric or yarn) off-site on Saturday, March 28, from noon-4 pm.  Costs are being finalized but will be around $25 and will include a ProChem starter dye kit, dye spoons, wool, and other misc. supplies.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own wool or yarn to over-dye as well.  If  you did not sign up at the meeting, contact Pat directly with questions or to register.  pcboesel@gmail.com   Deadline to register is March 6 to allow time for dye supplies to be ordered from Canada.

Corrine Young from Running Dog Ranch spoke about her property and the great programs they offer.  They are in their third year.   A link will be  provided on the website.  Corrine also volunteered to host our August meeting at the Ranch.  Program TBD.  Thanks, Corrine!  check out their website at www.runningdogranch.org

Chippewa Valley Museum Annual Fiber Arts festival is February 21.  See all kinds of fiber arts being demonstrated.  Shop, visit, and have ice cream!  Admission $5 adults, $2 kids; Members, free.  call 715-834-7871 for more information or visit www.cvmuseum.com

(I forgot to announce this one) Dorothy Huse is again teaching rug hooking again at the Chippewa Valley Museum on Tuesdays in March.  This year’s project is a Fraktur.  Cost is $45.  A few of us are planning to go and can carpool.  Check out their website for more information.  www.cvmuseum.com

Paulette is having Wool Days at the Eagles Nest Coffee House in Wabasha, February 22-23-24.  She will bring a lot of embellishment threads (including Painters Thread Ric-Rac, Ribbon, pearl silk….), beads, wool, velvets, Genziana thread, rug hooking and applique supplies and patterns.  She will have an appliqued sewing case kitted as a project option for everyone. If people would like to make the appliqued case, she will run that as an informal class all three days.


Barb Busch showed three new hats and fingergless gloves that she made.  The hat has a brim that can be worn up or down making it really warm.  Irene shared a quilt that she finished using Kaffe Fassett fabrics purchased at the Sisters Quilt Show in Bend, OR.  Barb Tentis and Patti Emerson showed fabric rope bowls they made.  Evonne Krueger knitted a pair of fingerless gloves.  Judith Hanks knitted a beautiful red poncho, and was working on a pair of wool socks.  Donna R’s grandson Joseph is learning to knit and showed his project.  Pat B shared a rug she finished in December, a Pine Island Primitives rug titled “Posy Pony”.

ONGOING BUSINESS REMINDERS: Name tags are helpful for all of us.  They may be left at ENCH.


Meetings are the 4th Monday of every month (unless changed due to holidays).  The social time is 6 PM with meeting start time at 6:30.  A program follows the meeting.  Show and Tell starts about 6:15 and then will finish up after the meeting if needed.

WEB INFO: www.rivervalleyartsguild.org    Members Only section password is: rvag2014.  EVERYONE PLEASE remember to forward events for the calendar to Pat B.    She needs your help to keep the page relevant.  Email anything of interest to  pcboesel@gmail.com


ADJOURN:  Move to adjourn.

PROGRAM:   Pat B brought her favorite dye and color theory books plus wool samples showing different types of dye processes.  Pat enjoys experimenting with all kinds of dyes (organic, kool-aid, RIT, Cushing, Magic Carpet, ProChem) and dye methods including microwave, skillet, and crockpot dyeing.  She is especially happy with the cost, and the results of ProChem dyes where every color in the rainbow can be obtained using just the three primaries (red, blue yellow) and black.    A workshop is planned for March 28, where Nancy Zimmerman and Pat will guide you through the process to dye wool fabric or yarn.  Contact Pat if you did not sign up at the meeting, but would like to attend.


NEXT MEETING: February  23, 6 pm social & show & tell; 6:30 p.m. meeting


NOTE:  Board meeting at 1 PM on Monday, February 16, 2014 at ENCH


Respectfully submitted, Pat Boesel, filling in for Pam Christopherson who is somewhere very very warm.

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