Meeting Programs

AAFG 2020-21 Meeting Programs

General Notes
Membership meetings are held the 2nd Monday, September – May
Social Time & Library Browsing and Business: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Begins: 7:00 p.m.

Zion Lutheran Church
1501 West Liberty (between Seventh and Stadium)
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Directions to Zion Lutheran Church
Enter on the east side of the building using the door closest to Liberty. Piper Hall is in the lower level; stairway is visible from the entrance, and a small elevator is around the corner from the stairway.
Parking options: Free generous parking onsite.

Inclement Weather Policy
AAFG rarely cancels a meeting due to bad weather conditions. In the event a meeting is canceled due to inclement weather, members will be notified via email by 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Nonmembers may check the AAFG Facebook page for meeting cancelation notices: In the event an artist has to cancel a workshop, all registered participants will be notified via email as soon as possible. Above all, consult your local internet, radio, or TV reports for the most updated road and weather conditions, and decide for yourself if you want to travel.

Monthly Schedule 

September 14, 2020
“Welcome Back!”
It has been a long while since we were able to gather, and it is our sincerest hope that we will be able to do so in September. Let us spend the evening getting reacquainted! Bring some of the projects that you were able to finish (or start) while you honored the stay home/stay safe isolation.

October 12, 2020
“Threads of Inspiration”
Laura Bryant
Creative Director and founder of Prism Yarns, Laura M. Bryant trained as a fine artist in color and textiles at the University of Michigan. She is a life-long knitter and has written six books including The Yarn Stash Workbook, The New Knitter’s Template (coauthored with Barry Klein), the recently produced DVD Knitter’s Guide to Color with Laura Bryant, and the video, Yarn to Fit with Barry Klein. Artful Color, Mindful Knits from XRX Books is her latest book. Laura is also a nationally recognized weaver, specializing in double weave. She has work in many major corporate collections and is a recipient of an NEA individual artist grant in support of her work.

November 9, 2020
“Hope and Healing: One Piece at a Time”
Mary Gilhuly
An artist and “peace/piece maker,” Mary will describe her unique journey of healing through mosaic art. She will share the story of creating one-of-a-kind works to honor the memories of those affected by the Newtown, CT/Sandy Hook school shooting, and the Nigerian girls kidnapped by terrorists. Far from being morose, her story and the creative process that brings them to life is truly inspirational.

January 11, 2021

February 8, 2021

March 8, 2021
“Transforming Fabric”
Karen Turckes
To transform is to alter. See how fabric can be manipulated by means of folding, gathering, crinkling, and sewing. Transform the color with dye and alter the pattern with printing, stamping, resist, discharge, or soy wax batik. Lastly finish with embellishments, hand stitching, machine stitching or quilting. Each process is an exciting way of transforming a piece of fabric.
Karen Turckes is a full time fiber artist and teacher. She has worked with textiles all of her life and is a graduate of the Clothing and Textiles program at Michigan State University and the Art Cloth Mastery Program in San Antonio, Texas. She dyes her own cloth and adds layers of depth to the fabric using paint, soy wax, fabric manipulations and other surface design techniques. Turckes is the owner of Windberry Studio, a private studio in Michigan where she makes and sells hand dyed fabrics and art cloth. Her art work has been exhibited nationally. Her love of the art has led to teaching dyeing and surface design classes, as well as free motion stitching, appliqué and advanced piecing.

April 12, 2021

May 10, 2021

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