May 2015 Newsletter


I was very happy to see all the beautiful pieces of art that our members dropped off for the Dunedin Fine Arts Center show coming up at the end of May. If you didn't get your piece in yet, you still have until May 11 to submit your work to the staff at the Fine Arts Center. Make sure you print out the form from our newsletter, completed with your work. The room for our show is very large, so there is plenty of space for everybody. Cindie Townley

Quote for the month:   
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.  M. Buber

Welcome to our new members:  Nancy Woodling, Teresa Mott, Sandra Schwartz, Candy Rowen and Linda Valentino.

To Those who came to the (workshop)  play date on Sunday April 19th, 2015, Gail Crotty sends this message

I want to thank you for coming to play with the melted crayons. It was great to see  the variations to the method that individuals came up with. One of the joys of doing anything creative is watching the development of other people's ideas. 
It was a pleasure to play with all of you!  Check out the pictures that follow.

 SHOW AND TELL from the last meeting.

 Linda Valentio, one of our newest members says:  
I am a new member of your guild. and I wanted to show you the latest silk pictures I have recently made. They were sold by the time I finished them. I am working on one for the St. Pete Bread company but not totally done as of yet... I'll send a picture when i finish.  Thank you for accepting me; I hope to learn a lot.

 Margot Woodrough writes:
Fab Fiber is looking for a show for months of either July or August.  If someone from Surface Design Guild would like to organize one, they have a good space and lots of traffic.

Surface Design Guild Workshops:

May 17th - Goatfeathers Studio presents Charm School

Cost is $60.   The workshop is 10:00AM-2:30 PM.  Please pack a lunch or plan to pick up a quick lunch in the area.
This workshop will focus on the making of twelve unique mixed media charms.  Each charm is designed to explore a technique or use of material or medium.  In addition, the workshop will show how common household items can be turned into fabulous miniature embellishments to be used in the making of unique one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Supply List:  You must bring your base necklace.  In addition, each participant is asked to bring one odd item from their jewelry box that no longer has a mate such as a single pair of earrings or small pendant.  A small trunk show/jewelry box show will be presented by Goatfeathers resident fiber artists, Celeste Beck and Merri McKenzie. 

June 14th - Felted Wall Hanging with Leanne Kroetche

 9-5 pm @ Indian Rocks Beach Center.  Cost is $100, maximum of 10 students.  More details as well as a supply list will be included in the June newsletter.  



May 9,  - Dyeing workshop in Sarasota with Marlene Glickman.  

12-4pm: Workshop includes dyeing 3 silk scarves and 3 silk organza sheer greeting cards. Lots of new techniques using the instant setting Color Hue dyes with a New Rose that is Red as well as a New Black and all the other colors. Extra silk scarves  in a variety of sizes and types of silk along with silk gift bags will be available for purchase and dyeing at the workshop. Class size limited to 6 students. Only 3 spots left. To RSVP  contact Prepayment is required through, Calendar.  Workshop presented by Saori Weaving SRQ Located at Carriage House Gallery, 1945 Morrill St., Sarasota 34236, Inside TOWLES COURT ARTIST COLONY - (across from Lavanda Restaurant & The Red Door Gallery) Parking: Adams Lane, off of Washington/301. Come join the fun. 


June 5 - Indigo Dyeing Workshop with Angie Knowles

Mini Workshops:  Angie Knowles sent us the following schedule and a plea

May- Kim Sherrod- free motion portraits
June- annie! Wade--fabric beads

We need volunteers for mini workshops!  We would love for you to share a quick tip or technique with the rest of us.

Here's some photos of the recent mini-workshops.  First are the Funky Fiber Friends

Then was Marlene Glickman's Silk dyeing with stamps and things.

The member show is ON.  

For those of you that weren't able to drop off your items on Sunday, we still need them.  We have accumulated many beautiful things but our space is large enough to accommodate even more so enter your items.  They must be accompanied by the DFAC paperwork and submitted directly to the staff at DFAC by May 11.  We will collect  the $20 entry fee at the May meeting for those that choose to drop items off.   Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the opening reception was postponed a week until May 29th (FRIDAY) at 7PM at DFAC.     

Congratulations to our own Mei-Ling St. Leger on her selection for this show. 

 “The Message Is In The Medium: Silk Artists Portray World Visions”

May 18-June 18, 2015

Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Art Gallery

Artists Reception: Thursday, May 28    4:30-8:00pm

Gallery Talks:  6:30pm

Gaia, Joanna Sweirczek; Woodland Awakening, K. Weber; Sandy Rock Pool, Diane Rogers; Sealife, Sally Dillon
Please visit the HCC Ybor City Art Gallery, Performing Arts Building, Palm Avenue and 15th Street, Tampa.  The gallery has invited seven silk painters from the U.S. and Europe to create an installation of 2D and 3D landscapes and dreamscapes, celebrating the rising awareness of women’s world visions on global and environmental concerns. The artworks are all hand-painting and stitching on silk, curated by Tampa silk artist Elizabeth Mitchell.

Artist include Sally Dillon, Amherst, MA; Elizabeth Mitchell, Tampa, FL; Diane Rogers, Sussex, U.K.; Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild Member Mei-Ling St. Leger, Clearwater, FL; Virginia Stevenson, Dunnellon, FL; Joanna Swierczek, Bochnia, Poland and Katherine
Weber, Woodstock, IL.

Gallery Opening: Hugo Porcaro

Gulfport artist, Hugo Porcaro will be featured in FAB Fiber gallery during the month of May. A working artist in the area since the 1980's, his paintings are whimsical, colorful  painted objects. A portrait of the Clintons hangs in the Presidential Library and other works are in many Tampa Bay area collections.

Although he’s studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, the Portland School of Art and Design and is an Eckerd College grad, Hugo’s splashy style is reminiscent of  folk art. He uses whatever materials are at hand, resulting in contemporary expressions of traditional folk art forms. Hugo’s cheerful fluid style combines busy patterns and bright colors that will grace walls and gardens. His style is distinctly Hugo and he’ll unveiled some of his latest projects at the opening which was on Friday,  May 1 at 6 p.m. The exhibit continues through May 31 during regular shop hours. 

Purpose of the Guild
The purpose of the Guild is to increase community awareness of surface design and its value in our lives while offering educational and experimental venues, thus supporting individual artistic creativity while promoting an attitude of mutual respect and exchange in all areas of surface design.
Membership to the Surface Design Guild is open to anyone with an interest in surface design of any variety. All levels of interest and expertise are welcome. If you or someone you know would like to join please contact  Bring your registration form to the next meeting or send a check made out to the Surface Design Guild to:
Surface Design Guild
Attention: Ann Thomas
5905 Suwanee Ave
Tampa , FL 33604

Board & Committee Members 2015
President - Cindie Townley 618-407-9223
Vice President/Programs – Dana Maley  
Secretary – Angelea Carpenter
Treasurer/Membership – Ann Thomas
Multi-Media Committee – Newsletter: Sharon Appler - 
                                                       Web: Bonnie Bowman -
Mini-workshop Committee – Angie Knowles
Show Committee - Sarah Butz, Bonnie Bowman, Davida Milne, Aida Sheets, Brenda Schlechter
We meet the second Monday of every month at 6:30PM. Social time is 6PM. 
We meet at:
Suncoast Hospice
5771 Roosevelt Boulevard
Clearwater, FL 33760

We are in Building 10 which is immediately to the right of the Welcome Center as you face the building.

MINUTES of 4/13/2015 Meeting

Presented by Angelea Carpenter, Secretary.  
Meeting commenced by Cindie Townley, President at 6:30p.m.

Introduction of New Members and Guests:
Nancy Woodling (fiber artist); Teresa Mott  sewing; Sandra Schwartz; Candy Rowen and Linda Valentino  (silk designs)

Treasury Report

Ann Thomas, Treasurer
Current Balance:  $2956.80
Current # of members:                   Active: 59+

Shows: Sarah Butz

Dunedin Show May 22, probably May 29th 7-9
June Colburn will help Cindie for art drop off at Dunedin Fine Art Center on May 3rd. 1-4pm
$20 and contract and 1 or 2 pieces.

Docent question was raised by Cathy Simms and Sarah will check on that.

Workshops: Dana Maley
April:  Sun. 19, 12-4pm Indian Rocks Beach Art Center  
Gail Crotty -Crayon Painting on Fabric $15 select 3 pictures

May: Goatfeathers Sunday May 17 10-2:30 Indian Rocks Art Center
Charm School make 12 charms bring one odd item from your jewelry box
max 20 $60
June: Leeann Kroetche - Painting with fiber June 14, 9-5 pm Indian Rocks Beach Center
2-4 oz of wool roving   Bring towels.  Will learn embellishing max of 10 $100

Mini WORKSHOPS: Marlene Glickman- Funky Fiber

Friends and Sticks and Stamps
Making little people with chenille strip or pipe cleaner and yarn -Use a round wooden bead for a head.
Stamps, folding and clamping with cloth spins on silk squares

Show and Tell:

June Coburn  - Silkscreen and part stencil wall hangings

Sara King -Part of Angie's challenge for free stitching. Trees with Dynaflo.Eco prints

Kathy Hayes - Vest silk shibori and eco print

Eugene Lake - thread painting purse

Bonnie Ward - Batik with dog bones and soy wax/ quilt guild small wonders home challenge log cabin

Linda Valentino- Dupioni dies on silk scarf with gutta

Leeann K.- ruffle felted scarf eco printed on Marino wool

Trish Sande -Felt eco printed wool eucalyptus, silk blouse Eco dyed steamed,
old cashmere sweater still curing, she is going to adapt it with flip inserts etc.  She finished her dress from Kim's workshop. Felted table runner, longer lighter scarf felted, 6ft. Scarf wet felted.

Dana Maley, Cindie Townley, Gail Wells - Paper and boxes from Brenda's workshop

Donna Isaac - Mirror

Claudia Marti - Backpack from share table items. Spider man recycled bag from kids shirt.

Dorothy Boynton Cereal boxes, wets them, paper comes off and she sculpts, looks like chamois.  The H bomb with the ladybug, paper bag flower bouquet.

Etta Juhl- Metal assemblage with found pieces wall hanging (lady)

Peggy Dauber- Made a bone shaped pillow, dyed linen, pin weaving

Nancy Woodling-  Reef bowls hand painted cheese cloth, imported yarns, water soluble stabilizer, stitching, fiber hardener. Lay it over a soda glass let it dry, embellish with polymer starfish. Silk cocoon bowls

Marlene Glickman -Dress from Kim's workshop, cowl neck, discharged.  Scarf dyed with black dye and silver thread


Women's Club in Tampa thrift sale Sat. May 18, 10-2pm Bay to Bay and Bayshore

At the Aging Well Center in the Long Center...Marlene April 20th $25
2-5pm  Talk to Elizabeth at the Long Center about exhibiting

Adjourn at 8:24

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