Friday, July 30, 2010

An Artful Affair 2010

The Greater Westmoreland Creative Collective is pleased to announce its first annual trunk show, "An Artful Affair 2010", on Saturday, September 25th, from 10 to 4 p.m., in Greensburg, PA.

"An Artful Affair" is intended to celebrate local artistry and to honor Pennsylvania's long heritage of fine handcrafted goods. In a world filled with "fast, cheap and disposable", the GWCC and "An Artful Affair" are dedicated to providing only quality, high value, and unique creativity to those who can truly appreciate them.

Our artists also have a strong commitment to the three R's (Reuse, Repurpose, or Recycle) and you will find that many of their works reflect this important environmental sensibility.

Join us for a day of tantalizing tea, delightful delectables, and amazing art as we showcase local artists, craftsmen, designers, jewelers, and organic products.

We promise, this is NOT your usual fare!

Artists who will be spotlighted:

Merriann Grant - fine jewelry
Nan Loncharich
- fabric arts

Cia Williford
- miniatures and paper arts

Heather Joy Puskarich
- glass art

Katie Resch
- painted woodwork

Additional guests will be announced prior to the event.


1104 Middletown Road

Greensburg, PA 15601

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Sorbet

It is a glorious summer day: outside is a water skier splashing down the lake, while four people are wading at water's edge, practicing their fishing techniques.  Inside I'm doing my favorite recreation: creating wool flowers!  These simple hand-dyed orange fabric shapes have large buttons serving as their centers--the red one is vintage 1940s from BJ's collection. They are mounted on twisted kraft paper stems and getting ready for display in a simple hand crafted glass vase.

Orange is a perfect autumn color, and these flowers will look wonderful mixed in with lively reds, purples -- and yes, pumpkins!  So, while you are enjoying a beautiful day, people like me are already thinking about pumpkin pie and Halloween ghouls.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Book News

Two of our members have exciting book information to share. The first, Cia Williford, will be one of the writers featured in a new anthology of children's bedtime poetry published by Blooming Tree Press. The book, entitled Sweet Dreams, will be hardcover and feature four-color illustrations by artist Nancy Miller. The book is scheduled for release on November 23, 2010. Cia also has a poem in the current (June/July) issue of Hopscotch for Girls magazine.

Second, Nan Loncharich, whose article on hat bands was just published in Rug Hooking Magazine, will have her full-length "how-to" on making wool flowers published in book form next year. Details will follow as the publication date drawers nearer.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Nan's Hat Bands

Our own Nan Loncharich is featured in the current (June/July/August 2010) issue of Rug Hooking Magazine with an article on her hat bands, shown in the accompanying picture. You can see a bit of the article online here if you don't have access to the magazine.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Save This Date!

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For an affair you won't want to miss! Details coming soon!