The Lake Arts Council sponsored “Informational Wine and Cheese” socials continue at Willmore Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Featured guests in September are members of the Lake Area Fiber Arts Guild. They will display, demonstrate, and in some cases sell their works of art. The public is invited to come, observe, learn and socialize. There is no charge but donations are always appreciated to help cover expenses of the LAC.
As defined by Wikipedia, “fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber and other components, such as fabric or yarn. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labor of the artists as part of the works significance and prioritizes aesthetic value over utility.”
The Lake Area Fiber Arts Guild was founded in March 2007 by a group of seven women with the mission of promoting awareness and understanding of the arts of basket weaving, knitting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, felting and related fiber arts to its members and the general public. The membership has grown since that time to forty.
The Guild meets on the second Thursday of each month at Harper Chapel United Methodist Church in Osage Beach. The schedule begins at 10:30 a.m. with socializing and a bag lunch. Meeting time with “Show and Tell” is from noon to 1 p.m. followed by a program and/or a speaker. There are also workshops and occasional field trips as well as an annual Fiber Festival.
Mary McGowan, President of the Guild, has this to say, “Fiber Arts day is my favorite day of the month. I come away from each meeting with new inspiration and and ideas and a greater appreciation for the fiber arts.”