Fiber artists return to the Chautauqua Institution in New York


Photos courtesy of the Chautauqua Institution and EGLFC.




Fiber artists from around the eastern Great Lakes region will be gathering in October for three days of workshops, shopping, and plenty of camaraderie. The biennial Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference will be held once again at the beautiful Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York. Workshops include nuno feltmaking, basketry, spinning, and several offerings for weavers. The small, friendly conference draws about eighty-five participants from around the region and beyond. For the first time this year, most of the organizing members are from the northeast Ohio area, representing the Cleveland West Weavers, the Cuyahoga Weavers Guild, Lorain County Spinners and Weavers, Medina Spinners and Weavers, and Western Reserve Spinners & Weavers. New York is represented in the organizing body by the Weavers' Guild of Rochester and the Syracuse Weavers Guild.

Established in 1874, the Chautauqua Institution is dedicated to "the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social, and political issues of our times." The 750-acre home of this arts-based community on Lake Chautauqua, New York, draws over 140,000 visitors to events open to the public each season, in addition to those attending summer learning opportunities. If you would like to learn more about the history of the Institution and the Chautauqua movement of the early 1900s, check out Chautauqua: An American Narrative-a documentary produced by PBS.

Bellinger Hall is a home away from home for the EGLFC participants. Photo courtesy of EGLFC.

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