Here are some details about the opportunities and benefits the Guild offers to its members.
Regular meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May at the Lyndon House Arts Center, 211 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA (706 613-3523). The meetings last approximately two hours. Members often bring their work to share at “Show and Tell”. Programs range from member produced talks and mini-workshops to invited speakers and field trips. The Guild also sponsors an annual one day workshop.
After the membership drive ends in October, personalized badges and membership cards are produced. The printed membership card is eligible for club discounts at some local fabric and craft stores.
In October the AFG usually sponsors two tables at the Lickskillet Market at which all members may submit works for sale. However, the Lyndon House Arts Foundation will not be holding the Lickskillet Market during October of 2017 due to a crowded fall schedule in Athens. AFG members may exhibit a piece in the Lyndon House Full House exhibition held every other year. On alternate years the Guild usually holds an exhibition at an off-site venue. The Guild also demonstrates crafts as requested for schools and at public events.
The monthly Guild newsletter, “Fringe Benefits” contains information about upcoming programs, workshops and committee activities. Each edition is emailed about one week before the meeting date. Members are encouraged to submit pictures of their work, articles and instructions.
The Guild Library is available to members any time the Lyndon House is open. Books may be checked out by members for one month.
In conjunction with the University of Georgia Textiles Merchandising and Interiors Department, the Guild has been working to preserve the weaving studies of Ruth Bunnell. These notebooks, located in Lyndon House Fiber Room, are available for members to study
The Guild hosts a holiday party in December featuring a handmade gift exchange as well as an end of season picnic in June. Both of these events are covered dish luncheons at member’s homes.
Finally, this is your Guild. Please enjoy and participate in all the activities. The Guild has bright yellow information cards to let your fiber-crafting friends know about us.