The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc., New England Region

Connecticut River Valley Chapter

Archive of A Previous Program
Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, February 7, 2016

  Saturday, January 30th, 2016
Our February meeting will take place at Duncaster Senior Residence in Bloomfield, CT on this date, beginning at 10 am.  Exhibit pieces will be handed over to those who will bring them to the Duncaster gallery for display.

The plans for the day are to have a stitch-in with plenty of advice available if you have problems with projects.  Lunch will be available at noon, so plan to stay for the day.

Location:  Duncaster
Schedule for Saturday:
        10 AM to 12 noon                 Stitch In
        12 to 12:45 PM                     Lunch and brief meeting
        12:45 PM to 3 PM                Program


Sunday, February 7th, 2016
A reception from 4 to 5:30 pm is being planned by Duncaster to thank us for putting on the exhibit.  If you can possibly join us, we would like to have a good showing of members.  Light refreshments are being offered.

This exhibit is in celebration of our 50 years as CRVC, and it will be on display from February 7th to March 4th.

CRVC 50th Anniversary Exhibit at Duncaster Gallery

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Our stitched pieces are back in their homes, off the walls of the Duncaster Gallery in Bloomfield, replaced by a show of mixed media assemblages.  Art, like life, moves on.  For the record, our month-long 50th Anniversary Exhibit was comprised of 44 pieces by 13 CRVCers, plus a 50-year-old Sampler Book done by Anne Dyer which was once part of CRVC's collection and is now owned by Judie Solomon.  The February exhibit coincided with National Embroidery Month.

The pieces spanned nearly our entire history, from Kathy Steinwedell's early 1970s A Award chain-stitched Lion, and stumpwork designed by Muriel Baker, to Lisa Green's rendering of Catherine Theron's Thoughts of Spring Sampler, which she taught here in 2014.  They also spanned multiple techniques, from Ginny Currie's Rozashi and Peg Buck's silk and gold Japanese work through many counted and canvas stitches to Lynn Payette's multi-media designs, with a quilt made by Linda Berry thrown in for good measure.  Pat Crane's altar linens were displayed for one afternoon only, during the opening reception.

That reception was attended by more than 90 people.  The stitchers mingled with the crowd in the gallery, discussing their work and answering questions, then introduced themselves in brief formal remarks.  The gallery volunteers have told us ours was the most popular exhibit they have mounted, and they would like us back in a few years. We, in turn, were impressed with the gallery's high level of professionalism at every step of the exhibit process.

The highlight for us was that Peg Buck was able to come to the reception.  Six of her pieces (from the 1970s up to 2007) were included in the show, and she greatly enjoyed seeing the entire exhibit.  We had the opportunity to visit with her, and put her front and center in our group photograph.  Peg passed away peacefully one week later, on Valentine's Day, at the age of 102.

CRVC 50th Anniversary Exhibit at Duncaster Gallery


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