I recently attended Creativ Festival, where EAC had a booth. This was a great event: a place where like-minded creative people met to learn, shop, and visit.

We, at the EAC booth, were delighted with the interest that there was in stitching and in EAC.  We gave out many bookmarks and lots of information about guilds across Canada.  We offered specific classes to attendees.  Many thanks go to Colleen Darling, Pat Armour, Lorene Salt, Carolyn Mitchell, Kim Beamish, and Lisa Carlin for teaching those classes.

I was delighted to meet so many ladies who are interested in needlework.  It was a pleasure to show off the work on display, to meet the members from EAC guilds who stopped by the booth to say hello, and to meet the ladies from the Toronto Guild of Stitchery who worked at our booth.

The Toronto guild deserves an enormous thank you for their help in making our booth possible.  Without their help, it would not have happened.

Creativ Festival has a large variety of booths that vary according to current trends.  I was pleases to see booths selling needlework patterns, supplies such as specialty threads, buttons and beads, and, of course, books.

Ladies, there is more interest in embroidery, and Creativ Festival is reflecting that interest.
I hope that everybody has received their magazine by now!   Canada Post did take a long time to get it around the country this time.  If your copy has not yet arrived, please email Kathy Taylor (membership@eac.ca) and let her know.

My copy of Inspirations #72 arrived this week.  That magazine is having a competition called Home for My Needle.  All you have to do is create an inventive, beautiful, and exciting home for your needles and pins.  Entry is free, and the deadline for entries to be at Country Bumpkin (the publisher) is January 15, 2012.  Go to www.countrybumpkin.com.au to download your entry form.  They love Canadian entries!!!

Have a look at this postcard challenge.  Some of you may like to take part.  It’s on my To Do list.  Looks like fun.

Greetings Everyone –The Sussex Artist Co-op rents a 3 story Victorian house from the town of Sussex. Then we rent out space to help with the up keep. There is a small Gallery and Museum and a small cafe where customers are able to view the members art. We also have a great work shop area ( that can be rented for workshops) and other spaces available. Most recently we have a Weaver in residence. Below is a call for submissions to our SMART project. Hoping I will see your post card (and maybe you) at the opening. 

Call for Submissions! Sussex Mail ART project!

You are invited to participate in SMART (THE SUSSEX MAIL ART PROJECT) Create an original piece of art work, any medium, post card size and mail it to us! No envelope, no cover, just stamp it and send it off! Anyone can participate, emerging artists, students, anyone who can get their hands on some art supplies! Tell your friends! All of the SMArt work we receive by the deadline of December 31st , 2011 will be collected into a catalogue, available at the opening reception. Enter more than once if you wish. JUST MAIL IT? Yes! That's the fun part about mail art. You don't put it in an envelope or protect it. You just mail it. Think of all the character it gains through the mail!!. Please send to:
Sussex Artists’ Co-op14 Maple Ave., Sussex NB Canada E4E 2N5

*****ART WORK SIZE*****
Your work must be Post Card Sized 4x6 inches or 5x7 inches. Art Work may be done in any medium as long as it meets the size requirements. Please write your full name, email and any other contact info you want on the back of the artwork.

Deadline for entries is December 31st, 2011. The Sussex Mail ART show will be on display at the Sussex Artists’ Co-op Gallery February March 2012. All participants are invited to our opening reception Saturday February 4th. We will also post many of the works at sussexmailart.blogspot.com.PLEASE NOTE : If you are submitting art work it may be used on promotional materials for the Sussex Mail Art Project. All submissions will become part of the Sussex Artists’ Co-op Gallery’s permanent collection and will NOT be returned. 

I’m off to the fall board meeting this weekend.  It will be great to meet members from Winnipeg, and to catch up with fellow board members.

Oh, I forgot to mention that some board members are taking a side trip to Nordic Needle, in Fargo, ND.  How neat is that!


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