December 4: Getting Neighborly

Today I take you on a tour of the Guthrie Art Center. Mason and I paid a visit to them earlier this week, and here’s what we discovered:
Guthrie’s Art Center has been one of the best kept secrets in town, until recently. For many years they resided in a historic school building. They became homeless this summer when the building was condemned.
This turned out to be a good thing, because their new home is right across the street. Check it out!
The first thing you’ll see are the weaving looms. Our friend Donna Hilton from¬†the¬†Weavery at Indian Meridian¬†teaches weekly classes at the art center along with Wanda Nobbe. You won’t find a more knowledgable, talented and well respected¬†group of weavers than this¬†dynamic duo!
There is also a silversmith, John Cole of JP Cole Studios. It was really neat to watch him work.
During our visit, he was busy working on a medieval crown.
They have classes going on continually for weaving, silversmithing, jewelry making, pottery, candle making, spinning, and more.
If you’re interested in classes¬†check out their page on Facebook or drop in and see them sometime.
Guthrie has been the home to an amazing community of artisans for many, many years. This community continues to grow. We are so glad the Guthrie Art Center is no longer hidden away off the beaten path and has made downtown their new home.
In other news, I am happy to say we no longer have boarded up windows. The front of the building is coming along and should be complete soon.
AnnaThe first of two¬†Victorian Walks is coming up this Saturday from 4pm to 9pm. This fabulous holiday event is held annually in our historic downtown. Since living window scenes are the¬†main premise of this event, we were a little on the fence about what we’d be able to do this weekend. That could¬†be a bit of a challenge¬†for a place¬†with boarded up windows!
Since our windows are now in, it looks like we’ll be a go for this weekend. Anna is our entertainment for the evening, and will be spinning away in the window for all to see.
If you can’t make it this weekend, it will be held again next Saturday. Next weekend we’ll have child musicians (including my little guy) and a 9 year old cupcake baking whiz, in addition to our spinners in the window. More on that later.

1 Comment

  • karyndm

    04.12.2014 at 05:00 Reply

    The Guthrie Art Center looks like an interesting place to visit. I would love to take a pottery class. The new store front looks great and I think Anna in the window spinning is just perfect for the Victorian walk on Saturday evening.

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