Minutes-2017, February


CALL TO ORDER:  at   pm at Eagles Nest Coffee House by Ione Timm, President

MEMBERS PRESENT: 18  Guest:  Sarah Eggenberger  New member:  Sue Smith, former teacher at WSU

TREASURER’S REPORT:  On Hand: $836.66   Expenditures: $106.21   Deposits: $192.00  Balance as of  2/20 is $ 922.45.  44 paid members.

SECRETARY’S REPORT:  February, 2017 minutes approved as submitted.


”Art in Your Heart” challenge – Karen Harris has agreed to be the Coordinator for this event.  Discussion open for ideas of challenge themes.
Judy suggested “The Heart of the River” which might focus on scenic beauty, transportation, water, river activities, wildlife, migration/flyway, pollution, gaming – use any medium you choose or mixed media.
No other suggestions were made.  A vote was taken to have “The Heart of the River” as our challenge and unanimously agreed upon.
    • August 28 has been designated as an extended day to work on the challenge – begin at 3 pm.  Jan is making pulled pork; bring a dish to pass.  RVAG meeting will be at 6:30, as usual.
    • October 23 is the end date.  Prizes will be awarded.
    • Ways to challenge yourself:
  Do something you have never done before.
Try alternative, unfamiliar materials.
Use your imagination to go a “step beyond” your normal work.
Use up something you have too much of (de-stash).
Collaborate with a friend to learn a new skill or perfect an old one.
Community Service project – ideas  were suggested, including yarn bombing, painting, giving a scholarship, making t-shirt rugs for animals,  Friday under the Bridge “make and take”,  help out with a communitiy meal, make pillowcases for hospital patients, make premie caps, donate to local food shelf.
– a survey on our website brought up
– after a discussion of ways to help families in need, it was decided to donate to area food shelves.  RVAG members are asked to bring food items to the  August meeting, and then the food will be donated to designated food shelves (Alma, Pepin, Wabasha, and Lake City); in addition  RVAG will donate a total of $250. to be divided among these 4 communities.  Voted unanimously to donate food and money to area food shelves for our community service project.
Dues – $12 a year
Programs for 2017 – complete calendar is posted on our web page.

 Judie Sage announced sheep shearing is the last Friday, Sat, Sun in April at her farm,  8-4:30.  Location is Hickory Hills Farm,  S450 Tiffany Valley Rd., Nelson, WI.  They have 140 yews, lambs, and some rams.  Anyone is welcome.

2 four-heddle looms for sale – contact Corrine Young  corrine_yng@yahoo.com


MATERIAL GIRLS:  working on community project

WILD WOOLIE WOMEN:  meet this Wednesday

HOOKERS:  meet Friday, working on individual projects right now.  A journal went along with the rug- hooked wall hanging given to Jan.

PUNCH NEEDLE:   a couple of new people came

MONDAY STITCHING:  anyone can come and work on whatever, and talk


Paulette will have an open Hook In at ENCH on March 26 and 27 (Sun-Mon) starting at 10:00 a.m. until whenever everyone is done for the day
Card making with Jennifer Wilson will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at ENCH.  Come join in!
Reminder that our next meeting will be Monday, March 27, 2017


Ione share a needlepoint cloth with a duck, which wrapped around a brick.

Julie M has available the ammonites (wrapped stones) and geodes that some members wanted from the night of the wire wrapping make-n-take. She will bring them to the next meeting – if members would like to purchase them then.

Angie showed pictures of yarn bombing; she also showed a drop spindle she recently purchase which spins fibers (like wool) into yarn, and then  demonstrated how it works.

Judith showed several cute children’s clothes made from recycled clothes – jean jacket, dress from t-shirts with slip, dress.

Sam gave yarn as a Christmas exchange gift to Kathy, which she knit into a beautiful scarf and gifted back to Kathy.

Alice showed progress on two separate quilts she’s working on.  Rather Bee Quilting did the machine quilting.

Corrine Young told about the North Star Farm tour – will sell yarn – Running Dog and Black Cat will be participating, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Barb shared a hat she knit with spun Llama yarn.

Rhonda showed  two scrafitto tiles she made, finished from the class offered last year.  She used enamel paint.


Judie Sage -Talked, showed pictures, and shard textiles from her trip to  Bolivia – LaPaz, Peru – Machu Pichu, and the Galapagos islands.
    • Judie went through Overseas Adventure Travel for this trip; contact her for more information.


Boutique dates are Nov. 17, 18, 19 – get those projects going for our 10th anniversary celebration!
Weaving group-anyone interested should contact Sue Eggenberger or Sally Bystrom
Our next meeting will be on March 27.   Joanne Klees will show how to make travel journals.
WEB INFO: www.rivervalleyartsguild.org Members Only Section password: RVAG


RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY:   Sue Eggenberger,  Secretary