Call for Entries: Fine Art Postcard Exhibit, SPSCC

The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College seeks submissions for its third annual Fine Art Postcard Exhibit. For a $5.00 entry fee, artists may submit up to five postcard-sized original artworks relating to the theme “It’s the Water”. Postcards will be exhibited from January 13 – February 21, 2014 and sold by auction to support gallery programming.

Artwork Guidelines

Artwork must measure 4 x 6 inches and be on a stiff material such as matt board, cardstock, foam core, thin wood panel, or canvas board. 3-D work is acceptable with the base of the work measuring 4×6 inches in size. (ex pop up art, small sculptures etc)

Please confine artwork to the front of the postcard and place the artist’s name, media and email address and/or website on the back of the card. We will use email to contact the artists to invite them to the opening reception and other Gallery events.

All submitted work must be original artwork created by the artist. (No reproductions). Please Do Not frame or matt the artwork. No artwork returned. Submitted artwork becomes the property of the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery. Images of artwork may be used to promote the current or future postcard exhibits.

To participate in the Fine Art Postcard Exhibit

Hand deliver or send an envelope with an entry fee of $5 cash or check payable to “SPSCC Foundation” and up to five postcard entries to:

The Art Gallery
Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Road SW
Olympia, WA 98512-6292
Entry Deadline: November 30, 2013

FYI: Used Looms for Sale at WSU Surplus Store, Pullman, WA.

The Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles at Washington State University is selling nine Gilmore looms previously used in teaching studios.

* Five 32 inch weaving width, 4 shaft, bench included.  (One has a sectional warp beam.)    $700.00

* Two 32 inch weaving width, 4 shaft, X frame folding loom, no bench included.   $600.00

* One 40 inch weaving width, 4 shaft, no bench included.   $800.00

* One 40 inch weaving width, 8 shaft, 12 treadles, bench included.   $1,000.00

* One Leclerk bench.   $200.00

Front or back beam straps need to be replaced on most looms.  Some looms are missing tie bars.  Replacement parts are available through Gilmore Loom Company.

Actual loom dimensions available on Gilmore website

The looms are being sold through WSU Surplus Stores.  They have public sales Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If you are unable to attend a sale, you can call after noon on Fridays to discuss purchasing without attending the sale.


WSU Surplus Stores

250 Dairy Road

Pullman, WA  99164-1101


Profits generated from sale will support academic opportunities for AMDT students.




Jane Lawford

Principal Assistant

Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles

Washington State University

PO Box 642020

Pullman, WA  99164-2020


Fax 509-335-7299

Gull Harbor Art & Craft Fair at North Olympia Fire Station 10/25-10/26


Come join us at this wonderful community event for a chance to meet local artists and support a great cause. Enter a pie in our contest, donate some baked goods, or just come ready to enjoy some treats and wonderful handcrafted original treasures.
Friday October 25, 3 to 7
Saturday October 26, 10 to 4:30
 North Olympia Fire Dep, 5046 Boston Harbor RD


OWG Hosted the 2013 COE in Spinning

The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) offers certification in fiber arts: Weaving, Spinning, Dyeing, and Basketry.  Application who pass the rigorous requirements receive a Certificate of Excellence (COE) in their chosen field.  There are two levels of certification: the first requires proficiency in the basic arts, and the second, Master of Specialized Study, requires a focused, specialized study. An overview of the program can be found at

Olympia Weavers Guild was privileged to host the 2013 COE in Spinning.  This year, applicants included one in Level 1 and two in Level 2.  The program involves a registrar, who assembles the submitted work for review by two examiners.  The process is overseen by two representatives from HGA.  The OWG chairperson was Lana Schneider, who generously offered her own studio as the site for the examination, which took three days: one to assemble the team and the work, and two intense days of judging and documenting the process.  Several members served as scribes, assisting the examiners in documenting the findings, and other members provided food for the committee and lodging for the HGA representatives and examiners.


Examiner Jane Fournier and Scribe Terri Standley


Examiner Judith MacKenzie and Scribe Kathy


2013 COE in Handspinning Committee – Examiners Judith MacKenzie and Jane Fournier, Registrar Kate Jantz-Koprivnik and Chair Lana Schneider


Examiners Jane Fournier and Judith MacKenzie


Photos by Sandra Swarbrick, HGA.

Mary Ann Sanborn, the other HGA representative, gave a very interesting presentation at the October Guild Meeting on Shaker textiles.

Both of the Level II submissions were accepted, and the applicants were announced on the HGA website, and in an upcoming issue of Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot Magazine.

OWG: Fiber Arts at Olympia Timberland Library, October 23, 2013

Fiber Oct 23 2013


Timberland Regional Library District

415 Tumwater Blvd. SW

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 943-5001 or 877-284-6237 ·

News Release October 15, 2013

Media Contact: Leanne Ingle, Communications Specialist, 704-4508; 877-284-6237 x 2508

Olympia Weavers Guild to enlighten on fiber production

Fiber: Our Common Thread” program will be at Olympia library at 7:30 p.m., October 23

Many of us are becoming aware of where our food comes from and how it is produced, but what about the fibers we wear every day? Members of the Olympia Weavers Guild will present “Fiber: Our Common Thread,” a program on fiber and the fiber arts, at the Olympia Timberland Library on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. Learn how cloth is produced, watch fiber artists in action, and try a bit of fiber production yourself. The event takes place after library hours.

In many places in the world, if you want a new shirt or a rug, you create it from the fibers on up. Guild members will describe the production of cloth from seed or animal to closet or home. A brief slide show will introduce the main fibers and techniques used to create textiles in this country, including information on home production of flax into linen and fleece into wool.

Program attendees will be able to see textiles made by guild members as they model or show them and to talk with the creators. Much of the evening will be a chance to watch spinners, weavers and felters in action and to see up close what is involved in the production of cloth. There will be an opportunity for attendees to try some of the techniques.

The Olympia Weavers Guild was founded in 1949. It is a nonprofit organization that promotes the study of weaving, spinning and many other fiber arts. Members meet once a month for most of the year and sponsor programs and workshops on weaving, spinning and other related crafts. More information about the guild is at

The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue SE. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit


Timberland Regional Library provides for the information, reading and lifelong learning needs of the Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston county public at 27 community public libraries and 6 library service partner locations. The library system is funded mainly by local property taxes. Anyone needing special accommodations to participate in a library’s program may contact the library one week in advance.


Arbutus Folk School grand opening

The Arbutus Folk School will host an open house grand opening on Saturday, October 19th from 3-9 pm at its new 3,800 square foot campus across from Olympia City Hall.  The school features a woodshop, ceramics studio, space for a wide variety of workshops and performances, a crafter’s gallery and supply store.  The school is a venue for Northwest folk crafters and artisans to share their skill through workshops and events.

Full details are available at (link)

Venue address: 600 4th Ave NE, Olympia WA 98501 (link)

Olympia area quilt show this weekend

Harvest of Quilts 2013 Quilt Show

Over 300 quilts
Vendors, Gourmet Lunch, Bed Turning
Quilt Appraiser Beverly Dunivent

Washington Land Yacht Harbor
9101 Steilacoom Road S.E.
Olympia, WA 98513
Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Admission $5; Under 12 free