Posts made in July, 2013

Dye Garden at Chatfield–Meeting August 2

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in News

Our next meeting for the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Gardens will be at DBG-Chatfield on Friday Aug 2 at 10am. Please join us! And please feel free to let others in the guild who might have interest know about it.

The main purpose of the meeting is to give Larry Vickerman the $700 donated by the Ford family to get started on irrigation substructure. In addition we will talk about plants, signage and fencing, hopefully lasting no more than one hour. Members are welcome to tour the gardens and see the space for the dye garden after meeting. Larry should have some starting prices for those items. The RMWG board voted in July to further support this project with additional funding. Contact Carol Garnand at for more information.

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Drop-In Demonstrations at the Art Museum

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in News


With the opening of the new Textiles area and the Thread Studio on the 6th Floor of the North Building we have the opportunity to do “drop in” demonstrations during regular business hours [check website]. We would like this to be an ongoing thing and encourage everyone to give it a try. Although it is a “drop-in” there are some procedures and standards we need to follow:

1. If you are going to drop in to demonstrate – please e-mail Stefania Van Dyke [] and Meri Moller or the current outreach coordinator. [] at least 24 hours before you plan to show up. [Stefania’s phone number is 720-913-0059 if you are doing it on very short notice.]

2. You need to enter the building at the Lower level of the North Building [this is where school groups enter and there is a big orange gate]. You need to check in at the security desk to obtain a temporary i.d. for the day. When leaving you must exit the building through the same area and turn in the i.d. You are pretty free to roam around as desired, i.e. walk around with your drop spindle, but the Thread Studio is a great area to set up and work from. If you would like to do a demo that might take several days, please arrange that with Stefania in advance.

3. Some of the standards we need to follow for bringing equipment and materials into the museum are as follows:
Please avoid:
• Water
• Liquids
• Plants
• Animals and Insects
• Feathers and Fur – this includes unprocessed fiber i.e. not washed and clean
• Soil, unfried clay
• Food items
• Hazardous materials, sprays, aerosols, chemicals, [for example: high flammable or explosive materials, asbestos, solvents, biohazards, heavy material, etc]

If you have a questions about anything please contact Stefania for approval.

Please take the opportunity to explore this new venue and enjoy the great FIBER ARTS!

** Stefania will be on vacation July 15 – 19 and August 5 – 9. If you plan to demonstrate during that timeframe please contact Djamila Ricciardi at or 720-226-1073 [cell] to let her know you will be there.

Bev Kajko

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Rocky Mountain PBS Features SPUN This Week

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in News

The Arts District program this week (7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11) on RMPBS and KTSC features SPUN at the Art Museum.

The Denver Art Museum takes a wide-ranging look at textiles at this campus-wide exhibition titled Spun: Adventures in Textiles. From contemporary artists to the American West, pre-Columbian weavings to Navajo design, the exhibition offers something for everyone’s interest; Internationally recognized violinist Elmar Oliveira is constantly expanding his repertoire, playing contemporary pieces and rarely-heard works of the past. He is the only American to have won the prestigious Russian International Tchaikovsky Competition; Writer and director Francois Girard introduces us to “Zarkana,” the new show by Cirque du Soleil. The acrobatic rock experience tells the story of Zark, a ringmaster ofa strange and wonderful circus; Photographer Abrahán Garza was one of the first to pioneer the cell phone photography movement. His interest in photography has led him to roam the streets of Houston, finding locations depicted in old postcards or photographs, and creating new images that blend the old and the new.

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Washington Heights Art Exhibit

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in News

Several of our members have works on display in the Create: Discovering the Art Within exhibit at the Lakewood Cultural Center. These works were produced by the students and instructors in classes at the Washington Heights Arts Center. Judie Dickinson (weaving), Shelly DeChantal (paper), Dale Zitek (paper), Pamela Bliss (weaving instructor), Claudia Anderson (weaving), and Jan Janas (silk painting instructor) all have fascinating items on display. Some photos of these items are in the Fiber Art Gallery.

Among the other artists represented in the show are former RMWG members Roxanne Rossi (papermaking instructor) and Susan Zinanti (papermaking). Diedre Adams (papermaking) presented a workshop for RMWG a couple of years ago, and instructors Jan Janas and Pam Bliss will be presenting RMWG workshops in 2014. Many ceramic pieces are on display in the show as well.

The display at the Lakewood Cultural Center will be open until August 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The address is 470 S Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO.

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Sedalia Fiber Festival–Sept. 7-8, 2013

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in News

At Riverside Park, in historic downtown Salida in the heart of the Rockies!
Dozens of vendors, artisan crafted items, fiber, fleece, yarns, rovings, food, wine, beer,
equipment, demonstrations, childrens’ activities…and much more!
Salida Fiber Artists Plus Art Galleries, shopping, gourmet restaurants, fly-fishing, river activities, hiking, biking….It’s a weekend you won’t want to miss!

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