Newsletter deadline is Thursday, September 1

It’s late, heavy summer and time to turn thoughts to CWG’s new year of weaving and friendships. It’s also time to gather some thoughts and reveries for your weaving friends. Please jot down your ideas, thoughts and announcements for the guild.

Please send your news, events, programs, weaving travelogs, photos, reveries, and all manner of materials for the guild’s fall newsletter.  News and announcements from other guilds and fiber organizations are also welcome.

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Our members will appreciate the refreshing comaraderie as we move into autumn.

And a shameless plug comes : As a reminder to continue preparing your works for this autumn’s show season. October 20 is the day to present your items for the first show of the 2016-2017 season.


Member Debbie Silver’s opening is Sunday

Come and support Debbie and continue being inspired by her artistic growth and weaving imagery.

Surface, Strata and Substance 

Featuring Works by Deborah Silver, Cindy I. Smith and Steven J. Simmons


Three artists with unique methods of combining materials converge at Beachwood Community Center Gallery.

August 17 – September 11
Opening Reception:  Sunday, August 21st, 1-2:30 pm
Closing Reception:  Sunday, September 11th, 1-2:30 pm

Beachwood Community Center Gallery
25325 Fairmount Blvd                                            Monday – Friday 9-4
Beachwood, OH 44122                                           Saturday 10-3
216-292-1911                                                       Sunday 10-1
Deborah Silver is a fiber artist whose weavings combine her interest in tribal imagery with contemporary faces.  Her work is inspired by the increased cross-cultural nature of our world, with an emphasis on our collective history.


Deborah’s most recent series of works involve cutting into her own personal history of solely woven pieces. By literally slicing through weavings of contemporary and tribal images, Deborah figuratively cuts through time to expose the past. The underlying imagery reveals an older stratum of history based upon archeological finds and early architecture. These ancient sites, fossils, cave paintings and petroglyphs represent links to society’s shared heritage.


The paintings of Cindy I. Smith evoke rhythm, pattern and process with special emphasis on texture and surface treatments.  Cindy enjoys the uncertainty and budding discovery resulting from her blends of permanent inks with acrylics on canvas, panel board, wood and paper.  Her color choices, frequent use of the squeegee and her top layer line work create organic, path-like patterns on textured surfaces that ultimately pull the viewer into her works.


Cindy approaches her work in the same manner as Helen Frankenthaler who once stated, “I’d rather risk an ugly surprise than rely on things I know I can do.” As a result, Cindy creates unique, engaging abstracts that result in an absorbing and meaningful dialogue with the viewer.



Steven J. Simmons specializes in flowing abstractions and three-dimensional works.  Steve’s boldly colored works reflect his child-like fascinations with surfing, water, wind, the cosmos and nature.  Deep, electric blues and crashing waves are common motifs.


As a self-taught visionary artist, Steve’s works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself. For example, his unorthodox yet frequent use of epoxy resin and fiberglass emerged by “accident” while learning to repair his damaged surfboard several years ago. The use of these materials along with spray-paint, tempera and acrylics lead to deeply layered visuals with shiny, tactile surfaces. Steve’s works serve as a seductive call to connect, open up, and share.


This just in…from the Medina Spinning & Weaving Guild

From the August edition of Wooly Pages via Stephen Page of MEDINA SPINNING & WEAVING GUILD AUGUST 2016

Fiber Events Calendar


August 17-20, 2016, Allegan, Michigan

A variety of Workshops both full day

and half day along with exhibitions and

over 100 vendors. Held at the Allegan

County Fairgrounds


September 3-4, Hale Farm and Village, Bath, Ohio

Festival admission of $5 includes admission to

all Hale Farm & Village homes, craft

demonstrations, and the art festival!


September 10-11, 2016, Kirtland, Ohio

Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers Guild

presents Constance Hall, for a 2 Day Rigid

Heddle Weaving Class, at Lake Metroparks

Farmpark, Kirtland, Ohio. Please see brochure on

their website:


September 17 & 18, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Demonstrations and Vendors, Held at Young’s

Jersey Dairy. Same weekend at the Springfield

Antique Show Extravaganza.


October 15, 9-5, Ashland County Fairgrounds

Local fiber producers, craftsmen and artists

will be brought together to display and sell their

wares, demonstrate their skills and educate the

visiting public about natural fibers and their

importance to our community and culture.

Ashland County Fairgrounds, Mozelle Hall, 2042

Claremont Ave., Ashland, Ohio. Free admission

and free parking.


Excellence in Fibers is a juried exhibition in

print, but this year we’re also having a full


Five Categories

Wall/Floor Works, Sculptural Works, Vessel

Forms/Basketry, Installation Works and Wearables

New For 2016

Twice as many works will be selected and

shown. There will be five categories, a prize in

each category ($300), and a Best in Show prize

($600). Selected works will be shown at the New

Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA


Textile Art Alliance Member Exhibition at Lakeland Community College

Looking for Inspiration? Or a satisfying field trip?

The News-Herald article of 7/24/2016 fills in the details.

The 179-member Textile Art Alliance is an affiliate group of The Cleveland Museum of Art.

The free exhibition is open to the public and runs through Sept. 9. For details, visit


Call for Entries for Peninsula Art Academy Annual Fiber Show

Peninsula Art Academy 13th Annual Fiber Art Show July 30-August 26, 2016 during library hours

The Peninsula Art Academy’s Fiber Café Studio is pleased to announce the 13th annual Juried Fiber Arts Show to be held at the Peninsula Library from July 30 through August 26.  Artists are invited to enter their work in the show, open to all area fiber artists. Welcoming variety, there will be categories for both functional and non-functional works. Prizes will be awarded. There is a $25 entry fee for members ($30 for non-members) for up to three works per artist. Entry fees need to be received no later than July 27 to: Peninsula Art Academy, PO Box 171, Peninsula, OH  44264.  Art works should be delivered to The Peninsula Library during library hours July 20-July 27.  For information and an entry form call: 330-657-2681 or visit the PAA website for an online registration form An open house reception will be held from 12-2p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Work from accepted artists will travel to The Peninsula Art Academy to reopen September 3-Oct 2. Artists may choose to have their work travel or not. Please let us know on the entry form.


Entry Information and Entry Form

Entry: Artwork should be delivered to the library from Wed., July 20th to Wed., July 27th(by 5PM), between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm (Mon. – Thur.) and 9 AM to 4 PM (Fri. and Sat.). Note: the library is closed on Sundays.

Entry Fee: For 3 pieces or less: $30.00 for non-members and $25.00 for members of the Fiber Café/PAA. For 4 or 5 pieces: $45.00 for non-members and $35.00 for members.   (Membership in The Peninsula Fiber Café/PAA is $ 50.00 per year). ). Jurying will occur on Wednesday, July 27th. Notification (if not accepted) will be made by phone after work is juried. Please use this form when submitting pieces and making payments. Payment may be made to the Peninsula Art Academy (please do not leave payment at the library). You may bring entry fee to Peninsula Art Academy between 11 am and 5 pm, Wed. – Sun., or call to make arrangements (numbers below). . You may also use this form to send entry fee payable to the Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 West Mill St., Peninsula, OH 44264 by July 27th.

Artwork: Entries may be for sale (a 30% commission will be assessed, 20% for Fiber Café or Art Academy members).   Artwork must be identified on the back with artist’s name, phone title, and value. Two-D work must be securely wired for hanging. Work must remain until the show ends.

Categories: Fine Art (non-functional category) and Clothing, Accessories, and Household Items (functional category) will be judged. Jurors reserve the right to adjust entrant categories.

Awards: There will be awards in two categories, for best fine art and for best utilitarian art. Award levels are $75 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third place in each of the two categories.

Return of work: All work not juried into the show must be picked up prior to the opening or entrants must make arrangements with Carol Adams. Neither The Peninsula Art Academy nor the Peninsula Library will be responsible for work left at the library. Library hours are Mon. –Thur. 9AM to 8PM.and Fri.- Sat 9AM-5PM.


Opening: The opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 12-2 PM.


Questions? Call Carol Adams at 330-657-2681 or leave a message at PAA 330-657-2248.



ARTIST            : _________________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS            : _________________________________________________________________________

CITY            : ___________________________________   STATE: __________   ZIP: ______________

PHONE(S)            : ________________________________     E-MAIL:________________________________


For Café Use




Waiver of responsibility: Fiber Café, The Peninsula Art Academy and The Peninsula Library and Historical Society advise the artists to insure their work. While all work will be handled with the utmost care, the above-mentioned entities do not assume responsibility for submitted works. The undersigned artist agrees to the terms of the exhibit and the waiver of responsibility.


ARTIST’S SIGNATURE: _________________________________________________

FEE PAID ¨       MEMBER ¨   Please print 2 copies. Attach one to artwork and other with payment. Do you wish your work to travel to The Peninsula Art Academy? Yes No circle one please.



YARN & EQUIPMENT SALE! Saturday June 11, 9:00 – 4:00

Hear Ye, Hear ye. The Cuyahoga Weavers Guild sale is Saturday, June 11th

from 9:00 am  to 4:00 pm.

2980 Washington Blvd,

Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

The sale includes the following:

Looms, floor and table and weaving equipment such as warping board, warping mill etc., spinning wheels, drum carder and hand cards, fleece, yarn, fabric, thread, buttons and notions, weaving spinning, knitting and craft books and magazines (huge amount).

All is priced to sell. Taking cash or good check.

May meeting is Thursday, May 19. Carol James workshop is Friday, May 20

Join us on May 19 for the May meeting.  Brown bag lunch and social time starts at 11:30. The meeting is at 12:30.

Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 in the new meeting room.

Our Thursday, May 19th meeting will be Carol James’ lecture program about sprang. Her workshop on finger weaving is Friday, May 20.

Request from EGLFC. Help needed!

EGLFC logo

EGLFC 2017 is at Risk

Volunteers make our beloved regional fiber conference happen. Unfortunately,
volunteers have not stepped forward to fill crucial roles for the 2017 event.
Good teachers and venues book far in advance. Unless a committee begins work
soon, there will be no conference.

EGLFC 2017 has the treasury to bring in top-notch instructors, but so far no
program chairs to select them or treasurer to pay them. It has volunteers for
important jobs such as registrar and website, but so far no person willing to
coordinate them all.

If you value our regional conference — big enough to bring in excellent
teachers yet small enough to get to know them — please consider what you are
willing to do to help it continue. To volunteer or ask any questions you may
have, please contact 2015 chair Peg Houseman at 716-648-2987 or Thank you!

April meeting is Thursday, April 21 and Carol James workshop update

Join us on Thursday April 21 for the April meeting.  Brown bag lunch and social time starts at 11:30. The meeting is at 12:30. Our program is a trip to the nearby CWG library annex. Duplicate materials will be available.

Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 in the new meeting room.

Two places are still available for the Carol James finger weaving workshop in May.  It is Friday, May 20.  Our May Thursday, May 19th meeting will be her lecture program about sprang.

Brochure information for Carol James Finger Weaving Workshop

For those who missed getting the brochure: 

Her brochure for her workshops can be found here.

Carol James Workshop Brochure

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