Arts, Culture & Humanities
The Handweavers Guild of Boulder foremost outreach project each year is a 5-day, 10am-6pm Show & Sale at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. This fiber art event introduces the public to the variety of fiber arts: spinning, breeding animals, knitting, crocheting, surface design, dyeing, felting, quilting, machine knitting, bead weaving, lacemaking and knotting, appliqué and various forms of weaving. Two highlights of the Show & Sale are daily live demonstrations - members volunteer to interact with the public while carding, spinning, weaving, knitting and lace making; and the juried Showcase - member artists respond to an annual theme with a work of art using interlaced and interwoven techniques. Prizes are awarded by the Juror, a Colorado fiber teacher/artist of note, as well as by the public in a "People's Choice" award. Member artists volunteer during the 5-day event to answers questions and educate the public in the fiber arts.
Additionally, during the Annual Show & Sale, over one hundred member artists offer their handmade fiber arts for sale and the guild's commission funds the guild's year of programs, bringing national and international fiber artists to speak at guild meetings and offer workshops.
The Handweavers Guild of Boulder plans year-round for the Annual Show & Sale, with the Sale Chair and Assistant-Chair coordinating fifteen Sale Committees that handle publicity, mailing lists, props, demonstrations, volunteer shift scheduling, showcase, reception, sale treasurer, artist advocate and sales technology. In the past five years, the guild has transitioned to professional consignment software to manage the sale inventory with bar codes and computerized cashiering including credit card chip readers, paying sales tax and fulfilling individual participant tax reporting. The Sales Technology Committee maintains databases, interacts with financial institutions, and trains artists. A detailed sales analysis is done every year and made available to the membership.
HGB looks forward to welcoming the public back to the HGB Fiber Art Show & Sale November 3-7, 2021 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds! Covid safety protocol is in place and all Boulder County Public Health recommendations are followed. More information: http://www.hgbsale.org
The Handweavers Guild of Boulder Annual Sale is free parking and free admission at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Nelson & Hover Roads in Longmont, Colorado. The front door greeter counts 275-500 attendees per day of a five day show open to the public. The Handweavers Guild of Boulder has offered an Annual Sale & Show for the past 11 years at the Boulder County Fairgrounds and in 2021 celebrates 50 years since the very first Handweavers Sale in Boulder County. The Annual Fiber Art Show & Sale has generated a net profit of $7-10K per year to fund visiting speakers/teachers. More information at www.hgbsale.org
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Nationally and internationally acclaimed textile artists present their fiber art and give workshops at monthly guild meetings, September through May, each year. The guild meetings are held at Mountain View Methodist Church in South Boulder on the second Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings of each month. During the pandemic, meetings are held via Zoom calls on the second Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings of each month. These meetings, with the professional presentations serve the approximately 300 members of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder and are free admission to all guests and interested persons. Members of the Guild have access to an extensive collection of books, periodicals, instructional dvds, looms and equipment that are made available at the monthly day meetings. Workshops span 2-4 days prior to the monthly meetings and give registrants the opportunity to expand their textile skills and learn from the best of the country's teachers. Although the Handweavers Guild of Boulder's name may imply a focus on weaving, members are engaged in spinning, breeding animals, knitting, crocheting, surface design, dyeing, felting, quilting, machine knitting, bead weaving, lacemaking and knotting, appliqué and various forms of weaving.
Updated calendar/information can be found on www.handweaversofboulder.org .
Attendance at monthly meetings range from 100-175 at the day guild meeting and 25-50 at the evening guild meeting. Registration in the workshops range from 12-25 participants. Additionally, approximately 12 study groups meet monthly within the guild focusing on specific fiber interests, to meet the guild's mission of fostering and expanding interest in fiber arts.