• NUMBER 9 •
October, 2021
Cheri Jolivette
Buon Giorno!
I am recently returned from Tuscany, Italy. Italy is more than 75% vaccinated. A vaccination card is required to enter churches, museums and restaurants. Temperature checks also happen. People are required to wear masks inside everywhere. And my whole group stayed healthy for the 10 days. Chianti is beautiful! Grape harvest was occurring.
In Sept. CFG learned about the 2022 Exquisite Gorge project from Amanda Triplett, that CFG has given a grant to, and then saw the contemporary works of Kristy Kuhn. In Kristy’s workshop all members were vaccinated and wore masks.
The CFG Board has decided that for this next calendar year, all “live” meetings and workshops will require that all people be vaccinated and wear masks. You can show your vaccination card as you check in. This is for the safety of our 100 plus members, most who are older…. Our Dec. meeting will be virtual. We are hoping to have a live March meeting and workshop.

This is the time of the year to start thinking of renewing your membership. The fees are $50. And you can renew on line at our website, starting Nov.1 You will need to be renewed in order to sign up for the year’s workshops in Dec. Members who are fulltime students may sign up for a reduced fee of $25.

Since no one became President Elect at the Sep. election, Susan Allen and I are sharing the job of President this year. I will remain President through Mar. 2022, and then Susan will take over the job, and then continue being President through Oct. 2023. Please consider thinking about the job of President Elect.
Reports for Members
Please click on the red boxes below to read
Please read minutes from
September quarterly meeting.
Treasurer's Report for October 2021
Report from our OutReach committee
Exquisite Gorge 2 (EG2) Update – ROAD TRIP!!
Community connection with the fiber arts is one of the primary goals for the Maryhill Museum of Art’s EG2 project. We are excited to announce that plans are underway after a positive membership response to creating a group road trip to view the sculptural display in Goldendale Washington during August 2022. We are looking in to renting a bus or car-pooling to view the sculptures and will keep you apprised of details as the plans begin to unfold.
CFG is in good company in showing support for the fiber arts as there are thirteen other regional partners with Maryhill Museum of Art’s Exquisite Gorge 2 project including:
  • American Romanian Cultural Society
  • Art in Education of the Gorge
  • Art in Oregon
  • Columbia Center for the Arts
  • Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Dalles Art Center
  • Dalles-Wasco County Library
  • Fort Vancouver/Goldendale Library & White Salmon Library
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • White Salmon Arts Council
  • Desert Fiber Arts
  • Art Walla

If you have other ideas and suggestions as to how we can continue to develop community connections in conjunction with this project on behalf of CFG, please contact 2022 Outreach Coordinator Katie Walwyn at ktwalwyn@comcast.net
Columbia FiberArts Guild membership begins November 1 through October 31. You will be able to pay your membership dues for 2021-2022 year starting November 1, 2021. 
The Dues are $50 per year (Students) $25
Membership opportunities offer the ability to join:
  • Three workshops with outstanding artists
  • Wearables group membership
  • High Fiber Diet group membership
  • Other small groups TBD
  • Four quarterly meetings with inspiring speakers
  • Monthly newsletters and updates
  • Service projects through Outreach 
  • Promotion of your art through Exhibits
  • Unlimited fun and encouragement with fellow fiber artists!

Dues payment has been temporarily disabled from our website until November 1 to maintain our fiscal year records. 

Tips From Your Vice President
Susan Allen
What an exciting concept of how to nurture creativity! The SAQA Regional Conference featured Kelly Sheets, with inspiring approaches to getting unstuck! 
  • Do you want to spark your creativity in a new way or to connect with other like-minded people who value creativity?
  • Do you feel stuck in life, creativity, business or personal? 
  • Do you struggle with feeling like you are "not enough" or moderating yourself so you aren't "too much"? Or find that you limit yourself with self-judgment?
  • Do you stop yourself by saying “you aren’t really an artist”?
I encourage you to explore her website and the Creativity Experiment. I look forward giving my creativity a shot in the arm!  www.kellysheets.com

News From Your Program Chairperson
Karen Miller
Look for details for next years workshops and registration on our website in November.
As I am sure you all understand arranging this years and next years programs I do have speakers and workshops set for this coming year but details change almost daily. As it stands now we will have a Zoom presentation in December from David Owens Hastings. I have invited garment designer Diane Ericson to join us from Ashland in March, to do freeform draping and detailing on wearable art. June was to have been two three-day classes with Kerr Grabowski on her signature improvisational screenprinting. She called today and asked to work with me to develop two sessions of a live Zoom presentation instead. Having learned a lot this year about what can be done this way we agreed this will be safer and in some ways easier. September will be one (or two) classes with the fabulous stitcher Susan Brandeis, author of the wonderful book Threads. I am relieved that we still have such great opportunities ahead. We have a genuine committee beginning to plan for the following year. 
Even though fall is upon us it will soon be the holiday season. Therefore, the CFG Online Exhibit Committee has chosen "Holiday Color" for our next exhibit. We want to encourage all of you to submit a piece or two so that we can mount a wonderful group of creative pieces for our third quarter show. All things fiber is acceptable – quilts, wearables, 3-D, weavings, felting, surface design, paper, wood etc. Art that demonstrates creativity, originality, strong composition, a relation to the theme, and that catches the eye and pulls you in, is encouraged. The entries will be curated by the online exhibits committee with the intent of selecting a cohesive exhibit and appear on our website beginning around December 15th. 
iSubmissions are open now, and close November 20. The submission form can be found at this link: 
To complete the submission form you need a good photograph of your piece. That means in focus and no fingers or toes showing, the best lighting available, and all edges of the piece within the picture plane. Your piece should be on a neutral solid background and the focus should be on the work itself. You may enter up to 3 pieces each quarter. The date you made it is not important. You also need a title, dimensions, materials, and a 250 character or less statement about the piece.
Please use this opportunity to share your work with other members and the public. We want a strong exhibit to showcase what we do in Columbia FiberArts Guild. Contact Jill Hoddick if you have any questions. hoddick@up.edu

“The Blackline” by Noelle Evans has been juried into High Fiber Diet’s Can You Hear It? exhibit which will open at the Campbell Gallery in Sister’s, Oregon on September 27 and runs until November 30, 2021. The Campbell Gallery is located at 204 W Adams Ave. in Sisters. Their phone number is 541-549-4979.

“The Blackline” is also in the 2021 Creative Strength Training Member’s Exhibit. You can view the exhibit at https://www.janedunnewold.com/2021-student-exhibitions
High Fiber Diet Group
Noelle Evans' "Blue Fern” has been juried into the Yamhill County Artist Showcase at the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, Oregon. This exhibit has artwork from all disciplines. “Blue Fern” is the only art quilt in the exhibit and was awarded Best-In-Show. The exhibit runs from October 5 through December 4, 2021. The Chehalem Cultural Center is at 415 E. Sheridan in Newberg. Their phone number is 503-487-6883.

“Blue Fern” also appears in UPPERCASE magazine, issue #51 (Oct-Nov-Dec 2021) as part of an article titled, “art quilts.”
Gerrie Congdon's Stitching the Blues has been juried into Art Quilts XXVI: Stitching Stories at Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts from November 20, 2021 – January 8, 2022. This consists of 100 squares of indigo that were embroidered for the first SAQA 100 days of creativity. This piece is totally hand stitched.
Karen Miller
Fish Market
37"X 21.5"
Quilt sold at OSU Art About Agriculture 2021
Sue Redhead
‘Western Meadowlark’
Recently sold at "Art for the Heart"fundraiser for the Arts Center in Corvallis

"High Fiber is pleased to announce that our exhibit, Vibrant Fibers, was very successful and had good reviews from viewers at the Corvallis Art Center. The show closed last week after six weeks. The gallery was also very pleased with the exhibit. Congratulations to the four artists who sold pieces at the show, Mary Arnold, Sherri Culver, Pat Fifer, and Marie Murphy Wolfe."
Mary Arnold "Barnside"
Sherri Culver "Simply Re[a]d Too Much"
Pat Fifer "Strip Mining"
Marie Murphy Wolfe "Banana"
Wearables Group
Creative Wearables meets every third Monday of the month at 10:00 am. Our speaker this month, October 18th, is Sherry Doty. She will be presenting her line, Play Date, developed during the past year while taking a year-long draping masterclass with Christine Mayer of Berlin. A short draping demo will be included. 

We will also be presenting fashions created during the last year of challenges at the Northwest Quiltfest, October 21-23.
Doors open at 10 am., Thurs. 10 – 5, Fri. & Sat. 10 – 4. More information at https://quiltfestnw.org.

The meeting will be held virtually at Zoom café, Monday, October 18,
Call in at 9:45-10:00 am and be ready to share the projects you've been working on for the last few months. Reminders with the address will be sent out the weekend before (same address as last month). If you aren't already on the mailing list, contact Jane Wolfe at jwolfe@quantumleaders.com.
Everyone is invited to stay in touch and share projects on our Facebook page at Creative Wearables Group.
Member's Request for Assistance
I looking for someone to help me with Procreate. I am having trouble finding the appropriate tutorials. I am looking for simple procedures, tracing a photo, inserting colors, and hopefully inserting fabric into the design shapes from photos of the fabric. You can reach me by email at Deb Sorem. Thank you!

Announcements of Local Fiber Events
an interactive textile installation by Bonnie Meltzer
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Oct 7,2021 - Jan 30, 2022 

Mending the Social Fabric by textile artist Bonnie Meltzer has at its core a parachute with a 314-foot circumference that is encircled by 75 handkerchiefs embroidered with text that amplifies the mending motif. Mounted behind the parachute are textiles from across the globe. The parachute, a symbol of safety, has rips and tears and over the course of the exhibition interactive community building happens as visitors sit and mend the damage.
The Fine Print
Please send items for publication in the newsletter to:
The Columbia FiberArts Guild meets quarterly in March, June, September and December. No newsletter is published in those months. The newsletter is published seven times a year: October, November, January, February, April, May and a combined issue in July/August. Deadline for articles i6 around the 10th day of the month of publication. 
2020-2021Executive Board & Committee Chairs
President:  Cheri Jolivette
President Elect: Susan Allen
Secretary: Lottie Smith
Treasurer: Joanne Carpenter 
Past President: Gloria Richardson
Exhibits: OPEN
Historian: Lynn Deal 
Membership: Carolyn Walwyn
Newsletter: Deb Sorem 
Outreach: Katie Walwyn
Program: Karen Miller
Program Elect:   
Publicity: OPEN
Webmaster: Doug Garnett &
Judith Quinn Garnett
CFG Board Meetings 
Meetings are held monthly on the first Monday when there is no quarterly meeting and are open to the membership to attend. Contact the President for more information.
Committees are: Exhibits, Historian, Membership, Newsletter, Outreach, Programs, Publicity and Webmaster
Minutes of meetings are posted in the CFG Newsletter.

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