Last Friday was a long, busy and very educational day, a welcome break from the every day routine! We left home early to take part in the 40th Anniversary Celebrations for the Saskatoon Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild. A heartfelt thank you goes to Shelley Hamilton for organizing this action-packed day.
The day started after meeting fellow weavers and spinners from around the province with a tour of the Western Development Museum Curatorial Centre at 10:30 am. With nearly 80,000 artefacts in the collection, we concentrated on selected textiles currently undergoing restoration, the print and photo libraries and the large rooms filled with garments reaching back as far as the earliest settlers to this province. Two hours breezed by.
A delicious luncheon catered by members of the Saskatoon Weavers’ and Spinners Guild provided nourishment and energy. This was followed by a lecture and slide presentation by Mary M. Underwood of Ann Arbor, MI on her research of Oscar Beriau and his contributions of weaving and handicrafts in Canada. I found this to be a most interesting and educational presentation and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to “crash the event.”
Following the luncheon at the Refinery we made our way to the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, only a short walk away. “Prairie Woven” is the current exhibition featuring Beriau inspired textiles from SK weavers. My husband Colin has two small bags in the show along with his weaving guild’s offering of bags. His guild, the Prairie Wool Weavers of Craik, SK celebrated their 40th anniversary back in June.
Thank you everyone for the opportunity to be included in this fantastic day. It was great to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new artists. Thanks again to Shelley Hamilton for her great organizational skills!