REGULAR REPEATING PROGRAMS
Friends of Fiber Art International programs are designed to inform and inspire potential collectors by offering privileged visits to art collectors’ homes. These are usually concurrent with important contemporary fiber art shows and events, such as:
EXPOSITIONS that serve collectors like SOFA Chicago held annually. Artist-Friends speak at two SOFA programs on Friday morning. This is followed by a networking lunch. A special event is often scheduled at a Chicago gallery or museum on Saturday morning. Our annual Sunday bus tour takes members to a private collection, important fiber or craft shows in town, a possible architecture visit, group lunch and airport drop off. Usually SOFA management gives VIP passes to our sponsor ($100) and higher members.
EXHIBITIONS such as Quilt National (next 2013) and the International Triennial of Tapestry (next 2013) in Poland which surveys the state of fiber art around the world.
CONFERENCES presented by artist organizations like ATA, HGA, NBO, SAQA, SDA, SPIN and one which serves curators and scholars, the Textile Society of America (TSA).
Triennial in Poland 2013 (2016, 2019 etc.)
Save the dates -- Our seventh very special Friends' tour for the 14th Triennial will be offered May 5 - 15, 2013 mark your calendar.
May 4-5, Saturday-Sunday -- Take a flight from your U.S. home on Saturday and land in Warsaw on Sunday. Bus will pick you up in the airport and take you to Lodz, Poland's third largest city where the Central Museum of Textiles has operated the International Triennial of Tapestry since 1975. It now presents work by approximately 150 invited fiber artists from 50 nations around the world. The first event will be an opening at which medal winners -- selected by an international jury who reviewed all all works for three or four days before the opening to select six for major medals and others for special awards.
During your visit in Lodz you will attend a special side-bar exhibition opening approximately every two hours. Two all-Polish artist shows (larger works and 8x8x8 inch miniatures) will be included. Solo and national presentations will be scheduled. Viewing of extraordinary art nouveau buildings will be included and a fiber artist's home will be visited.
May 9, Thursday -- Move to Krakow, designated a World Heritage site that was spared the WWII destruction that leveled several Polish cities. One day will be held open for plans that meet your primary personal interests such as: Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp site, Czestohowa the shrine for Poland's patron saint, a huge 9-level salt mine that has been carved as several architectural sites including a full-scale cathedral and classical sculpture gallery, or just enjoy people-watching from the cafes of the town center.
May 12, Sunday -- Bus to Warsaw to see more art, some palatial buildings plus the old city center and Royal palace that were reconstructed from paintings of the originals. Enjoy more special meals, hear a Chopin recital and visit furniture artists who were featured in Dwell magazine.
May 15, Wednesday -- Schedule your return flight, or make additional arrangements to see more of Poland or neighboring countries.
Past Triennial catalogs are available for purchase from Friends' headquarters, call 708-246-9466 for information.
Quilt National Brunch Sunday, May 26, 2013
Quilt National opens in Athens, Ohio on Friday, May 24th. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this festive weekend including our Members' Brunch on Sunday, May 26th. More details to follow.
SOFA Chicago, November 2013
Come back to this site for details on Friends of Fiber Art International programs to be scheduled dureing SOFA, incluidng an extraordinary Sunday bus tour that will offer airport drop off.