Saturday, 12 December 2015

Well now it is December....

Well it is now December....where did the year go?
2015 has whizzed by, but then we have been very busy; 
We had our first meeting in February, followed by the "Nuno Felt Bead Meditation Workshop" with Nancy Ballesteros. In April we had a fashion parade and market stall at the Balingup Fair and the following day a market stall at the Stirling Street Arts Centre's Autumn Fair. May saw Sue Smorthwaite and Kerry Gelmi (who won the overall show prize) in the finals of the STRETCH Common Threads Wearable Art Competition in Mandurah, followed by a 3 day "Mosaic Bag Workshop" with Pam De Groot. In June, Lorraine McArthur won a prize for her felt Beanie at the Alice Springs Beanie festival. The new committee was voted in at the June AGM and in July we had our annual exhibition at Caf Fez in Bunbury. September saw us exhibiting STRETCH garments, dyed silk banners and other felt pieces at the Stirling Street Arts Centre's Fire, Fibre and Fine Art Exhibition and Camp in Augusta was another successful event. In November we had a 3 day "Shadow Felting" workshop with Fiona Duthie. This month we have had the Stirling Street Arts Centre Christmas Fair and our Christmas lunch party, kindly hosted by Denise Read. We are now finished for the year, but are busy working behind the scenes on next years exciting calendar of events.

I would like to thank all last years committee members, Kerry Gelmi (Vice Chair), Kim Pearce (Treasurer), Penny Elliott (Secretary), Jane Fied (Buyer), Colleen Castledine (Librarian), Kayleen O'Laughlin and Margaret Murphy for all their hard work and for supporting me as the Group Leader and welcome the new committee members; Colleen Castledine (Group Leader), Penny Elliott (Secretary), Kayleen O'Laughlin (Treasurer) Jane Field (Buyer), Ren Devery (Librarian), Sue Smorthwaite (Media), Margaret Murphy and Maureen Foss.

All that remains is to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year where ever you are and we look forward to sharing next year with you all.

Sue Smorthwaite

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