Saturday, May 21, 2011

High School Scholarship Awards for 2011

 The Craft Guild is very pleased to have awarded two $500 art scholarships to graduating seniors, Dallas Cruickshank and Christine Anela deLaveaga. Both young women show great promise in the field of art as you will see from the pictures below.

These are the two excellent sculpture entries from Dallas Cruickshank of Nevada Union High School.

Christine Anela deLaveaga of Bear River High School submitted the painting above and the charming  woodburning of a chipmunk.

Even though there were only two cash awards, the judges gave the following two young women honorable mentions for their art pieces.

These are the photography entries from Katie Wilson. 

Stephanie Marie Janssens Smith submitted a glass paper weight and a ceramic rendition of a Mexican sugar skull.

We wish all our our applicants the very best in their educational plans.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Holiday Cheer Project

Today the guild kicked off the Holiday Cheer project with a cosy little meeting of interested guild members.  Since there were some people that wanted to attend this meeting and couldn't, I thought that I would share the information here on the blog.

Several months ago Judi Barbour visited a guild meeting to let everyone know about her annual volunteer project to provide Christmas gifts for home bound seniors. (There is an excellent Union article that explains the project and all that Judi does.)  Since we are a craft guild, it seemed a good fit for our organization to make gifts and give them to Judi for distribution during this next holiday season.

I have been busy finding links to patterns and thinking about how our guild might participate.  There are lots of free patterns on the Internet and I've come up with some favorites.  For wheelchair and walker bags, look at this interesting site.  For knitters and crochet people, there are a couple of places that offer free patterns for hats, scarves, lap robes and more.  Both require registration, but don't spam you with unwanted mail - so both are good.  The first is Ravelry and the second is Lion Brand Yarns.  Local knitter and weaver, Dee Jones, contributed this pattern for a knitted lap blanket that would be the perfect warmer on a cold day.

Ingrid Knox donated a lot of acrylic yarn on cones to the project and I will be bringing it to the next meeting to share with anyone who would like to use it.  Some of the yarn is fine and meant for weaving or machine knitting, but several strands held together will make it usable for knit and crochet projects.  This afternoon at our meeting, we shared more ideas and Linda Gunderson will be coming up with a pattern for a seniors shrug and sewing instructions so that they can be made into kits for guild members to sew. (We will be looking for donations of fleece for the kits).  I've been knitting hats with some wonderful yarn called Marble Chunky; I buy it at Ben Franklin and can knit three hats with each ball with a little left over.  There are as many ideas for warm and friendly gifts as there are guild members and their talents.

This is a great opportunity for our organization to work towards the goal of charitable giving and have some good times along the way.  It's in our hands now!