June, 2016 Newsletter

The Craft Guild June Newsletter
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June - The Craft Guild is now at Valley View!
In This Issue
 
Now Serving Up Fun in Kid-Size Doses

Serving up fun and artistic learning in small classes with individualized instruction, our summer camps for kids will engage and inspire your budding artist. Click here to find the perfect camp for your child.
 Sample projects for kids glass camp
Movin' and Groovin'

Laura Easterling, bookbinding, proves she can think in the box as well as out of it

Every department had wonderful volunteer help during the move, from packing to unpacking.

The Clay department had an army of volunteers over two weekends. Pieces from our master artists' collection were carefully packed up and then moved in a caravan of SUVs. One gigantic pot by Josh deWeese was seatbelted into a car for its journey into special storage.  It (and all the other pots) will be back at our permanent location this winter to inspire students.

Clay also held the first class in our new site on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th.  Here's a picture of our inaugural class at Valley View, focusing on handbuilding a pot.


How to find the fun:  the Craft Guild is located on the LBJ/635 side of the mall, just to the left of the entrance to Sears.  Look for us immediately on your left as you enter the mall, on the first floor.


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The Craft Guild at
Valley View Center
13331 Preston Road, 
Suite 2118,
 
Dallas, TX 75240

  

President's Update

A big THANK YOU to all of our instructors and volunteers who helped pack up our equipment and move the Guild to Valley View, then get us unpacked and ready for classes within a few days - you are amazing!  You showed once again why we are a guild - a community of involved artists, not just a place to take classes.  I can't begin to thank you enough for all your help this month.

We've had fun setting up our Valley View space with a casual, summer camp kind of vibe. We have special rooms just for our kids summer camps, and our front desk/reception area features a new iPad where you can self-purchase supplies, individual classes, or an entire class session. Just show your electronic receipt for supplies to your teacher and you're good to go!

As always, if you have suggestions or ideas for the Guild, please email them to me at president@craftguildofdallas.com

See you at Valley View!
Douglas 
You Won't Believe What This Painting is Made With
 

This "painting" isn't made with oils or watercolors or pastels - it's made with glass!   It's the work of one of our glass instructors, Diana Morrison, who teaches glass fusing classes and does workshops in fusing and glass frit (which is how the clown above was made).  Frit is glass which comes in powder form, or in fine to medium grains.

Meet Diana Morrison

Diana is one of our glass instructors, but glass isn't her only medium.  She's also a sculptor and works in clay.  In fact, her B.F.A. from Utah State University was in Sculpture and Watercolor Painting.  She is currently working in two mediums, focusing on figurative studies in clay and sculptural, abstract, and frit painting in glass.  
Her work has been featured in recent group exhibitions with Texas Sculpture Association, Texas Visual Artist Association, the Craft Guild of Dallas and Texas Clay Association. 

As a glass fusing instructor at the Craft Guild of Dallas, she loves to keep her students on their toes by introducing new techniques and methods weekly.  She challenges her students' creativity and taps into each individual's style. 


This summer, Diana will be teaching several three week long mini-classes and one-day workshops for adults as well as several sessions for kids camp.  To see a list all of her classes, click here
Sign Up for a Class 24/7 
You asked for it, we delivered.  Now you can sign up and pay for classes, workshops, summer camps and even membership online.  If a class is full, you'll be able to waitlist and be the first in line if there's a cancellation.  Check it out!

Craft Guild of Dallas, 13331 Preston Road, Suite 2118, Dallas, TX 75240
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May, 2016 Newsletter

May Events at the Craft Guild
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May at the Craft Guild:  It's Moving Month!
In This Issue
 
Summer Camps 
Keep your kids busy this summer with our diverse programs for every age.   Sign-up now to reserve your space.  

May Workshops 
Learn, play, refine your skills with our May workshops.  Check them out and register on-line!

5/07 - Felting Play Day
          (Fiber Arts)
5/07 - Stringer Vases (Glass)
5/15 - Beginning Borosilicate
          Marbles (Glass)
Boxes and Peanuts and Tape - Oh My!

It's finally time to move, and we need your help with packing, inventorying, and moving. We are already starting to pack non-essential items, and most moving will take place May 15 through June 1.

Be a part of it!  Email us at president@craftguildofdallas.com to volunteer for a shift, or ask your instructor how you can help.
Sculptural Explorations in Fused Glass 
Featured in our gallery area through May 14 is a display of outstanding student work from Diana Morrison's kiln forming glass classes. Challenged to use clear or transparent glass in a three-dimensional format, students designed, created, fired and mounted their glass sculptures.  Stop by the gallery in the next two weeks to see their amazing creations.

 Glass sculpture by Debra Johnston

Be the First to Know

Want to see what's going on at the Guild, or be the first to know about a new event?  Just follow us on facebook!  Click on the link below, and click "like" to get updates, news, and pictures of what's going on at the Guild. 

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5100 Belt Line Road
Suite 400
Dallas, Texas 75254
info@craftguildofdallas.com
972-490-0303
  

Moving This Month to Valley View! 
Lots of parking, ample classroom space mere steps from your car, better security, and in the artist-focused Valley View Center:  our interim location has lots to offer!  While we hope to be in our permanent location this winter, we are excited at the opportunities our Valley View location brings.

How to find us:  the Craft Guild will be located on the LBJ/635 side of the mall, just to the left of the entrance to Sears.  Look for us immediately on your left as you enter the mall, on the first floor.


 
While the mall has 24/7 security services, the Craft Guild is also hiring additional security for summer camps and for evening classes as we transition.

GETTING READY
Our last classes in our current location will be the week of May 8 - 14.  Please don't forget to take home all personal items on your last day of class this session;  personal items left behind will be discarded.  Ask your teacher how to handle any work in process. And - follow us on Facebook for the latest on the move and the opening of next session!

KEY DATES
May 14  All personal items should be taken home
May 15  Moving begins!
June 1   Classes begin to open at new location

Clay students:  please note the following dates:
May 8    Last day for glaze firing
May 11   Last day for bisque firing
Please remember to take ALL greenware, bisqued, and fired pieces home by May 14; pieces in process may be brought to your next class in our Valley View location to get back on their artistic journey.
Our New Website is HERE! 
You asked for it, we delivered.  Now you can sign up and pay for classes, workshops, summer camps and even membership online.  If a class is full, you'll be able to waitlist, and be the first in line if there's a cancellation.  Check it out at:

Special Offer for Members Only
Watch your email for a special invite coming soon to sign up for your next class on our new site. Sent to current members only, it will include a special bonus offer good for a limited time.

Successful Spring Show
April showers brought shoppers to The Craft Guild's 2016 Spring Show.  The damp weather didn't dampen their spirits as they spent hours browsing and buying the hand-crafted creations of participating artists.

Thanks to our artists and volunteers for making this a successful show.  

Special thanks go to our generous Spring Show supporters: Ben E. Keith, Bitter Sisters Brewery, Elsa Grivas, Ron Lieberman, Lim's Foods, Nancy McNeil, Martha Napier, May Dragon, Art Clay World and Wubber's.

 

Top photo: Lisa Covert's booth won "Best Display".
Bottom left: Ron Lieberman chats with a shopper.
Bottom right: Shoppers admiring Pat Martin's jewelry. 

Craft Guild of Dallas, 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75254
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April, 2016 Newsletter

Congratulate Bernadette Leach who's work was selected by Bead&Dreams as one of the most exemplary works in their worldwide competition. 

The 2016 Spring Show & Sale is this month April 15-17 with a reception Friday night. 

Joe Jelks comes back with his popular truck show of amazing stones April 20-21.

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February, 2016 Newsletter

February started off with a call for applications for the 2016 Spring Show & Sale, a new class schedule, an introduction of the new Board of Directors, and a quick note from the new president, Douglas Curran.

A specific set of volunteer skills (technical, communications, grant writing and people to help plan our relocation) were requested as well.

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