The President’s Column – May 2020

So far, 2020 has been an unpredictable, stressful year. The Covid-19 pandemic has created havoc for everyone. Activities that we look forward to, and some that are routine, have been cancelled. Exhibits have gone virtual instead of being the physical exhibits that let us see in more detail how artists accomplish their tapestries, paintings, or work in many mediums. People have been asked to shelter in place and social distance. With all that, artists are still artists and doing a lot.

Weave-alongs, stitch-alongs, zoom meetings, and a variety of generous activities are being shared. Artists are donating their time and resources to help everyone. Artists are sewing masks and creating protective gear for those in need. It is wonderful to have such a generous and giving community. Some of us are becoming more adept at using computers, since computers have become our link to other people and activities. Computer visits, classes, or activities are not the same as being together in person, but much better than never seeing friends and family. We have a new normal.

Looking ahead is tricky. We seem to have no definite answers to when the pandemic will end or how to safely get back to normal. We must look ahead anyway. Eventually, the pandemic will be history and the future will arrive. In the meantime, if you have any ideas or suggestions about how TWS can better connect with and serve members, please let us know.

It was disappointing that TWS had to cancel the planned exhibit and retreat in Elkin this year. There are still plans to have a retreat and exhibit when conditions permit. Maybe you have some ideas about activities for the next retreat. We can keep weaving and planning for better days. Please share your ideas for a retreat and exhibit.

Even though ATA activities in Knoxville, TN have been cancelled, we can look forward to another ATA exhibit and retreat along with Convergence in 2022. It would be great for TWS to have a group entry in the next small format unjuried exhibit that ATA has. Exhibit rules require the tapestries to be small. Ten inches by ten inches is the maximum size for any tapestry entered in the exhibit. When we know where the 2022 events will take place, we can start to plan. If you have any ideas for a TWS group entry to the small format unjuried show in 2022, please let your board members know.

We all may be having ups and downs related to the pandemic. Some days creativity may flow and other days creativity is napping waiting for better times. Keep looking ahead for the times we can get together again. It will be wonderful to see exhibits again and meet up in person for tapestry and other events. For now, keep weaving and/or creating; stay well and strong.

Terri Bryson
President. Tapestry Weavers South