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©2004 American Tapestry Alliance

A Quarterly Review of Tapestry Art Today

Winter 2004 Vol 30 No 4

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Letter from the Directors

By Alex Friedman and Christine Laffer

The Dorr Mill in Guild, New Hampshire opened its doors September 20th, as the second venue for the juried ATB5 exhibition. Over 200 people attended an evening of art, music and food. Alex gave a gallery talk for a sizable group that evening and followed up the next day with a more detailed talk for educators who will present the show to many school groups and other groups who plan to come see the exhibition.

Although it is in a rural location in New England there has been a steady flow of visitors from far and wide including New York City, Boston and eastern Canada. People have been very excited to see it and have returned bringing friends and family. Every Thursday evening lecturers will discuss the exhibit and related subjects and answer questions. (See listing in Members' Section, pg 21)

Last chance to see ABT5! The Rochester Art Center in Rochester MN is the third and final venue for ATB5. The new dates of the exhibition have expanded from March 26 to May 8, 2005. Susan Iverson, one of the represented artists, will give the opening talk and gallery walk so make a date to be there. Joanna Foslien will also provide a gallery tour to train the docents. The RAC is an exciting brand new venue and, judging by the website http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/, should provide an excellent educational and promotional service for the exhibit. If you are in the Midwest, we hope you will plan to see it.

Christine Laffer, White Sac, 18"x8.5"x2.5", 1994, silk, cotton, wool, bas relief tapestry

After the very successful Critical Forum in Denver organised by Mary Lane and Michael Rohde there has been a concerted effort to find ways to continue the discussions that were so stimulating. We have now set up two online study groups for a start; one moderated by Sharon Marcus and the other by Mary Lane. These were each limited to ten people and have already filled. Sharon has even filled a second group. Along with reading materials there will be online discussions to start a creative discussion. We hope to add more study groups in the future. If you are interested in moderating one please contact Mary Lane at Marylane53@mac.com

We are very pleased to announce that Mary Lane is our new board member. She has recently come off the board of the GFR/Tapestry Center, and has already made big contributions in planning our educational events. She brings a wealth of experience and good ideas and we know that Mary will be a valuable asset to ATA.

Ellen Ramsey has agreed to become Chair of the Fundraising Committee in addition to her current position as Chair of the Membership Committee, thus formalizing the connection already in place with the Circle Membership program. If you are interested in helping on the fundraising committee, have fundraising experience to share, or have suggestions for funding sources, please contact her at ew.ramsey@comcast.net. ATA is planning an exciting event for our 25th Anniversary in 2007. Ellen would like to hear from any members who would like to take an active part in our Anniversary celebrations.

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