Calendar of Meetings and Play Days/Workshops

Upcoming events

    • Sun, January 29, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Waldemere Fire Station Upstairs Classroom

    Chris Lacki is our instructor at the workshop on January 29, 2017, for "Layered Images."  We will be playing with layering colors, shapes and textures.  Our Gelli plates will be used as a printing plate and a stamp.    



    Some ideas for your finished papers: Mounting in a blank book or art journal, pages in a handmade book, collage papers, wrapping papers, greeting cards, art pieces, or to embellish a box or other items(s).

    The cost of the workshop is $10 and there is a $5 materials fee.


    Supply List

    ...Gelli plate. Available at Art and Frame, Keetons, Hobby lobby or online. Any size.

    ...Glass or plexi glass slightly larger than the gelli plate. Art and Frame sells scraps of plexi for about $1. If using glass, TAPE the EDGES!

    ...Acrylic tube paint. Fluid acrylics dry too fast. The Art and Frame brand works great, but any will do. From red, blue, yellow, black and white you can mix anything.

    ...Soft rubber brayer.....not foam, for spreading the paint on the plate.

    ...Selection of soft textures to print: feathers, lace, string, yarn, paper doily, leaves, paper shapes, and stencils. Nothing hard or sharp, as that may damage the plate.

    ...Soft tip tool to draw with.......eraser end of a pencil will work. Rubber comb tools are also nice.

    ...Rubber stamps and a stamp pad, if you want to layer stamped images.

    ...A table cover, water container, small sponge, paper towels, scissors and an apron.


    Chris will bring the following items:

    Card stock, mixed media paper, and copy paper up to 8.5 x 11". Also some surprise sheets!

    Baby wipes and/or hand sanitizer (Purell) for cleaning the plate

    Retarder to mix with paint if it is drying too fast

    Freezer paper, newspaper, masking tape and deli paper

    • Tue, February 14, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Waldemere Fire Station Upstairs Classroom

    Precious Energies

    Erene M. Romanski D.C., will be the speaker for the meeting to be held on February 14, 2017.  Erene has been a practicing chiropractor in Venice since 1984.  Throughout her life, she had sought out creative outlets, which was a plus as she was raising her five children, who all turned out to be successful adults!

    She initially started making easy beaded jewelry and then after learning more about varied processes, she developed jewelry items that touch that which she is most concerned about in life, both personally and professionally.  She uses elements in her jewelry that have "vibrational energies" to encourage different levels of healing.  Gemstones of all kinds have been known and used throughout time for healing purposes.  Her enjoyment of the creative process of jewelry making and her continued focus on improving health on all levels have been a natural fit for her.  Here is an example of the "Precious Energies" she has created:





    • Sun, February 26, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Waldemere Fire Station Upstairs Classroom

    Marabu Products

    Celia Buchanan is our instructor at the workshop on February 26, 2017.  We will have a blast creating vibrant and unique finishes on fabric and paper using High-Quality German made Marabu Fashion and Art Sprays, Art Crayon, Contours & Effects Liners, Textil Plus and Silk Paints. Spray effects will be combined with mono printing using Gel Plates and screen printing onto a variety of surfaces and fibers types.

    Celia will be providing all of the materials for this hands-on "techniques" class, including all of the Marabu products, paper, yupo, silk and cotton. Students need to bring paper towels and synthetic watercolor brushes of their choice.  If you want to put your design on a shirt, you will need to bring a clean white shirt (pre-washed with no fabric softener) or you can bring a cradled panel.  The cost of the workshop is $50.

    As noted on her website, (www.celiabuchanan.com), 
    mixed media artist and holds a B.A. in 2-D surface design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland, and an M.A. in arts management in education from the City University in London.  Celia's work has been featured in galleries, notably the Institution of Education, London, National Exhibition Center, U.K., and The London Design Center.  She is the author of several books and magazine articles on surface design and fiber arts. Celia has been working in her field for over two decades. She now works for Marabu North America, lives in Southeast Florida, and teaches throughout the USA.

    Here are some examples of her work:








    • Tue, March 14, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Waldemere Fire Station Upstairs Classroom

    Basket Weaving

    Jennie Baas will be the speaker for the meeting to be held on March 14, 2017.  Jennie began weaving in 1992 and began teaching in her hometown of Davenport, Iowa, in 1993.  After learning how to weave her first basket, she joined the local basket guild in her home community.  With them, she expanded her skills, both as a basket weaver and weaving instructor.  She has taught at various conventions in Iowa and Illinois. She is currently teaching in Florida at The Artful Giraffe, Suncoast Technical College/ACE (Adult Community Enrichment), Art Center Manatee, and private parties.

    In creating baskets, Jennie operates from the belief that the "items we use in everyday life should be beautiful, as well as functional."

    On Play Day being held on March 26, 2017, she will be teaching the the Potluck Market Basket and the Tropical Storm Collin (TSC).

    The Potluck Market Basket is 10" by 10" and is a good basket for the beginner or person who hasn't woven a basket in a while!  It covers all of the basic steps for weaving splint baskets and is a really functional size.

    The Tropical Storm Collin (TSC) is 5" in diameter and 5 3/4" tall.  This basket is for the more experienced weaver.  It has multiple types of continuous weave, with a distinctive twill in the middle.

    For both baskets, Jennie will have color choices available on Play Day.  The cost of the workshop is $10 and the kit cost for either basket is $25.

    If you have a partially finished basket that you need to finish, bring it and Jennie will try to help you complete your project!

    Some basket weaving tools will be available for use during Play Day, but it would be helpful if you bring a small pruner/scissors, a flat head screw driver or table knife, a spray bottle, a ruler and pencil, a wash basin or bucket to soak the reed, a dish towel, and clothes pins.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Jennie directly at limetreebaskets@gmail.com or by calling 
    309-721-3532.

    • Sun, March 26, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Waldemere Fire Station Upstairs Classroom

    Basket Weaving

    At the March Play Day on the 26th, Jennie Baas will be teaching us how to weave the Potluck Market Basket and the Tropical Storm Collin (TSC).

    The Potluck Market Basket is 10" by 10" and is a good basket for the beginner or person who hasn't woven a basket in a while!  It covers all of the basic steps for weaving splint baskets and is a really functional size.

    The Tropical Storm Collin (TSC) is 5" in diameter and 5 3/4" tall.  This basket is for the more experienced weaver.  It has multiple types of continuous weave, with a distinctive twill in the middle.

    For both baskets, Jennie will have color choices available. The cost of the workshop is $10 and the kit cost for either basket is $25.

    If you have a partially finished basket that you need to finish, bring it and Jennie will try to help you complete your project!

    Some basket weaving tools will be available for use during Play Day, but it would be helpful if you bring a small pruner/scissors, a flat head screw driver or table knife, a spray bottle, a ruler and pencil, a wash basin or bucket to soak the reed, a dish towel, and clothes pins.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Jennie directly at limetreebaskets@gmail.com or by calling 
    309-721-3532.

Past events

Tue, January 10, 2017 January Meeting
Sun, December 25, 2016 December - Happy Holidays
Tue, December 13, 2016 December Meeting
Sun, November 27, 2016 November Workshop
Wed, November 16, 2016 November Meeting - DATE CHANGE
Sun, October 30, 2016 October Workshop
Tue, October 11, 2016 October Meeting
Sun, September 25, 2016 September Workshop
Tue, September 13, 2016 September Meeting
Sun, August 28, 2016 August Workshop
Tue, August 09, 2016 August Meeting
Sun, July 31, 2016 July Playday/Workshop
Tue, July 12, 2016 July Meeting
Sun, June 26, 2016 June 26 Playday
Sun, May 29, 2016 May Playday/Workshop
Tue, May 10, 2016 May 2016 Meeting
Sun, April 24, 2016 April Workshop
Tue, April 12, 2016 April 12 Meeting
Sun, March 27, 2016 March Playday
Tue, March 08, 2016 March Meeting
Sun, February 28, 2016 February Playday
Tue, February 09, 2016 February Meeting
Sun, January 31, 2016 January Playday Changed to Wednesday, February 3rd
Tue, January 12, 2016 January Meeting
Sun, December 27, 2015 December Playday
Tue, December 08, 2015 December Meeting
Sun, November 29, 2015 November Playday
Tue, November 10, 2015 November Meeting
Sun, October 25, 2015 October Playday
Tue, October 13, 2015 October Meeting
Sun, September 27, 2015 September Playday
Sun, September 20, 2015 September Fabric Collage Workshop with June Colburn
Tue, September 08, 2015 September Meeting
Sun, August 30, 2015 August Playday
Tue, August 11, 2015 August Meeting
Sun, July 26, 2015 July Playday - Fabric Bangle Bracelets
Tue, July 14, 2015 July Meeting - Marty Montague Fabric Bangles & June Colburn
Sun, June 28, 2015 June Playday - Quilling with Sue Garland
Tue, June 09, 2015 June Meeting - Quilling with Sue Garland
Sun, May 31, 2015 May Playday
Sun, May 24, 2015 May Glass Fusing Workshop
Tue, May 12, 2015 May Meeting
Sun, April 26, 2015 April Playday - Beading
Tue, April 14, 2015 April Meeting - Beading
Sun, March 29, 2015 March Playday with Mimi May - Fascinators!
Tue, March 10, 2015 March Meeting - Fascinators
Sun, February 22, 2015 February Playday with Kathy Hays - Eco Dyeing
Tue, February 10, 2015 February Meeting - Eco dying, FAB, and more
Sun, January 25, 2015 January Playday with Cheryl Martin -Gelli Plate Printing
Tue, January 13, 2015 January Meeting
Sun, November 30, 2014 November Playday - Finish up Projects Playday
Tue, November 11, 2014 November Meeting- Swap Meet!
Sun, October 26, 2014 October Playday -Felt Flower Frenzy with Kathy Hays
Tue, October 14, 2014 October Meeting -Felt Frenzy
Sun, September 28, 2014 September Playday! Polymer Clay Exploration
Tue, September 09, 2014 September Meeting
Sun, August 31, 2014 August Playday Imperfect Perfect Journal and More with Judy Just
Tue, August 12, 2014 August Meeting: Imperfect Perfect Book
Sat, July 26, 2014 Play Day in July: Creating beads with Pat Maurer
Tue, July 08, 2014 July Meeting: Paper Beads with Pat Maurer & fiber necklaces with Jennifer Wiles
Sun, June 29, 2014 June Playday!
Sun, June 22, 2014 Painting Cookies!
Tue, June 10, 2014 June Meeting with demo by Pat Maurer and talk about Cookie workshop
Sun, May 25, 2014 Play Day May 25 -- Faux Metal Work with Cheryl Martin & Diane Bunker
Tue, May 13, 2014 Faux Metal Work with Cheryl Martin & Diane Bunker
Sun, April 27, 2014 Play Day for April 27 -- Making Mandalas!
Tue, April 08, 2014 April Program will be Inspirations by Expressive Arts in Sarasota
Sun, March 30, 2014 March 30 Play Day: Creating Mosaics!
Tue, March 11, 2014 Mosaic Artist Patricia Rockwood
Tue, February 11, 2014 February- Powertex Demo
Sun, January 26, 2014 January Play Day, Sunday, January 26
Sun, January 26, 2014 January- Closet redux with Kim Sherrod
Tue, January 14, 2014 January- Closet redux with Kim Sherrod
Tue, January 14, 2014 Also at our January Meeting: Floral Cascade Necklace
Tue, December 10, 2013 December- Holiday Party and Auction
Sun, November 24, 2013 November Play Day - Reverse glass painting
Tue, November 12, 2013 Reverse glass painting with Michelle Held
Sun, October 27, 2013 October Playday- Double Vision; Silk Batik and Fabric Collage Workshop with Jo-Ann Jensen
Tue, October 08, 2013 Botanical Printing with Jo Ann Campisi
Sun, September 29, 2013 September Play Day - Angie Knowles
Tue, September 10, 2013 September- Angie Knowles Marbling & Thermofax Printing At the Art Center!
Sun, August 25, 2013 August Play Day - Washi Tape with Pat Fox
Tue, August 13, 2013 August- Washi Tape with Pat Fox
Sun, July 28, 2013 July Playday with Susan Sudnick
Tue, July 09, 2013 July Resin pendant with Susan Sudnick
Sun, June 30, 2013 June PlayDay- Marlene Glickman Fiber Collage
Tue, June 11, 2013 June - Marlene Glickman
Sun, May 26, 2013 May playday- Joey Long - TBA
Tue, May 14, 2013 May- Joey Long - Gelli Plate demo
Sun, April 28, 2013 April Playday- Felted purse with Kathy Hays
Tue, April 09, 2013 April- T shirts to tote bag demo/ felted workshop sign up
Sun, March 24, 2013 March Playday- closed workshop with Juanita Yeager
Tue, March 12, 2013 March- Juanita Yeager- Water color on silk presentation
Sun, February 24, 2013 February Playday- Moved to ART CENTER
Tue, February 12, 2013 February- Jackie Cully- Community Leaf project
Sun, January 27, 2013 January Playday- Workshop with Karen Woods
Tue, January 08, 2013 January- Karen Woods- Silk Road Journey Scarf
Sun, December 30, 2012 December Playday- Cancelled due to holiday
Tue, December 11, 2012 December Meeting- Make and Take
Sun, November 25, 2012 November Playday- Open
Tue, November 13, 2012 November Meeting- Sell or Swap
Thu, November 01, 2012 Children's Book Art Quilts in Display Case at Gulf Gate Library For entire month of November
Sun, October 28, 2012 October Playday- Monoprinting
Tue, October 09, 2012 October Meeting- Monoprinting
Sun, September 30, 2012 September Playday- Carving a new niche!
Tue, September 11, 2012 September Meeting w/ Joey Long
Sun, August 26, 2012 August Playday- Wibers
Tue, August 14, 2012 August Meeting-Wibers w/ Karen Johnson
Sun, July 29, 2012 July Playday- Finishing UFO's
Tue, July 10, 2012 July Meeting - Finishing what we have started
Sun, June 24, 2012 June Playday Finishing up Viking Knit with patsy monk and Free Time for Everyone Else
Tue, June 12, 2012 Viking Knit with patsy monk
Sun, May 27, 2012 May Playday Arlene Schwen Rughooking Dream Purse
Tue, May 08, 2012 May Meeting Arlene Schwen Rughooking Dream Purse
Sun, April 29, 2012 April Play Day Jennifer Wiles Kumihimo Earring
Tue, April 10, 2012 April Meeting Jennifer Wiles Kumihimo Earrings
Sun, March 25, 2012 March Play Day
Tue, March 13, 2012 March Meeting Woven Spirit Mandala
Sun, February 26, 2012 February Play Day - Collage Workshop with Elena De La Ville
Tue, February 14, 2012 February Meeting - Elena De La Ville Collage Presentation
Sun, January 22, 2012 DATE CHANGED for Play day
Tue, January 10, 2012 January Meeting Marlene Glickman Surface Design on Silk
Tue, December 13, 2011 Gift Station Make and Take December Meeting
Sun, November 27, 2011 November Play Day Wet Felting
Wed, November 16, 2011 Wet Felted Bowl & Flower November Meeting
Tue, November 01, 2011 Display Case at Gulf Gate Library For entire month of November
Sun, October 30, 2011 Create a Hand Embroidery the Slow Coth Way October Play Day
Tue, October 11, 2011 October Meeting - Whammy Applique with Cindy Pitt
Sun, September 25, 2011 September Play Day *Revised*
Tue, September 13, 2011 September Meeting Katie Gardenia Sculpted Fiber Figures
Sun, August 28, 2011 August Play Day - Paste Paper with Elizabeth
Tue, August 09, 2011 August Meeting
Sun, July 31, 2011 July Play Day Creating 3-D Fabric Journal Covers using the Teesha Moore Method
Tue, July 12, 2011 July Meeting Quilting Scraps into 3-D Sculpture Journal Covers
Sun, June 26, 2011 June Play Day Three Techniques of Nature Printing
Tue, June 14, 2011 June Meeting Discover Nature Printing
Sun, May 29, 2011 May Play Day
Tue, May 10, 2011 May Meeting Sandy Frick Clay Vessels and Handmade Paper Sculpture
Sun, May 01, 2011 Fabric Flower Making Day at Siesta Beach
Tue, April 12, 2011 April is Fashion Show
Thu, March 31, 2011 Community Art Show - Art Center Sarasota
Sun, March 27, 2011 March Play Day Kevin Tobin Presents : "You Can't Really Swing, If You Ain't Got That Bling" Workshop
Thu, March 10, 2011 March Meeting New Date and Location! Receiving Art Work for the Community Show and More!
Sun, February 27, 2011 Feb Play Day Gel Skins and Image Transfer for Painting & Collage with Kevin Tobin
Thu, February 10, 2011 Fabulous Arts Boutique Show & Sale
Tue, February 08, 2011 Feb meeting is Kevin Tobin Discusses Acrylic Paints from A to Z
Tue, February 08, 2011 Technique Pages
Sun, January 30, 2011 January Play Day June Colburn Silk Screening on Kimono Fabric
Tue, January 11, 2011 January Meeting Screen Printing with June Colburn
Tue, December 14, 2010 December Meeting Holiday Party and Ornament Swap
Sun, November 28, 2010 November Play Day Pom Pom Cardinal Bird Project
Tue, November 09, 2010 November Meeting Speaker will be local Author Gina Greenlee
Sun, October 31, 2010 October Play Day Book Making with Lenore and Halloween Fun!
Tue, October 12, 2010 October Meeting Making Journals from "What I did over the Summer Pages"
Sun, September 26, 2010 Play Day Practicing Design Techniques Using Paper Cutting with Anne McCunney
Sun, September 19, 2010 Folded Book Techniques with Elizabeth Hillmann
Sun, August 29, 2010 August Play Day Kumihimo with Jennifer Wiles
Tue, August 10, 2010 August Meeting Kumihimo: Exploring Japanese Braiding with Jennifer Wiles
Sun, July 25, 2010 July Play Day: Embellished Treasure Boxes made from Sharpie Dyed Fabric
Tue, July 13, 2010 July Meeting: Sharpies & Alcohol - Colorful, But Not in a Drawing and Drinking Kinda Way!
Sun, June 27, 2010 Sparkly Life with Mimi May- A Little Glitter is a Good Thing
Tue, June 08, 2010 Sparkly Life with Mimi May- A Little Glitter is a Good Thing
Tue, May 11, 2010 Making a Thread Sandwich with Ellen Simon
Sun, April 25, 2010 Fashion Show "Project Runway"
Sun, March 28, 2010 Dress rehearsal for FashionShow Play Day
Tue, March 09, 2010 Spinning Fiber into Yarn
Sun, February 28, 2010 Technique Pages Play Day
Sun, February 14, 2010 Pick Up Items from FAB Sale
Thu, February 11, 2010 Drop Off Work For FAB
Thu, February 11, 2010 Fabulous Arts Boutique Show & Sale
Tue, February 09, 2010 Technique Pages
Sun, January 31, 2010 Stamping With Hardware Store Items Play Day
Fri, January 29, 2010 Pick Up Work from Fibre Arts 2010 Show
Fri, January 15, 2010 Fibre Arts 2010 at Venice Art Center with VSBW Guild
Fri, January 15, 2010 Deadline For FAB Registration
Tue, January 12, 2010 Stamping With Hardware Store Items

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