President’s Column, March 2021

Happy Spring everyone!

Here we are in 2021 and we’re still in the middle of the pandemic. The vaccine is out. Businesses are open following the CDC and local guidelines for safety. It’s difficult to know how long this will continue. In the meantime, we’re working on finding ways to promote tapestry art.

First, many thanks to each member who submits articles and photos for the newsletter. Allie Dudley does a wonderful job getting the individual articles together for the newsletter. Sarah Thomsen, Membership Chair, keeps us up to date with reminders to get the articles to Allie. Their efforts are appreciated very much.

Leslie Fesperman and April Price are planning a TWS exhibit and retreat in Elkin, NC. There is hope and some members have already committed to entering work in the exhibit. If you haven’t contacted Leslie already to enter your work and wish to enter, please contact Leslie. Be sure and read her article in the newsletter for more information.

Leslie sees a partnership with TWS and the Yadkin Valley Fiber center as sharing their enthusiasm for tapestry weaving by having the annual “New Works by TWS” exhibit each summer. The YVFC plans to offer beginning to advanced tapestry workshops each year growing the offerings over time for tapestry weavers. This year they are planning a beginning tapestry class and a workshop with Tommye Scanlin following the exhibit opening.

What about the uncertainty of what will be happening in June? Many places have already opened exhibits with safety measures in place. The TWS exhibit will work the same way. CDC and the state of North Carolina guidelines for safety will be observed whatever they are at the time. Since no one knows what the guidelines will be in June please check back close to time for the exhibit and retreat.

TWS does need more help on the board. We need a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Web Manager (Updated, March 27). All the work is done on a volunteer basis with no paid employees. If you have some time to help, please contact me at 2brysons@gmail.com. Volunteering is a good way to get to know other
members of the group as well as to promote tapestry art.

While the pandemic continues, may every member of TWS continue to pursue creating their art. Stay safe
and well.

Terri Bryson

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