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Fall 2023 at the Southern Oregon Guild

We can’t believe November is already here! We’ve got a fun month here at the Southern Oregon Guild filled with a variety of creative performances, classes, and workshops. In a few weeks, we’ll be sending out our monthly “Palette Newsletter” which includes recaps of last month’s activities, member news, and more. Below are some event reminders until then and we hope to see you this Sunday at our Fall Performing Arts Showcase….

Creativity Unframed: Performing Arts Showcase
THIS Sunday November 5 • 2-4pm at the Guild
Featuring Georgia Churchill & Kayla D. Rau

Join us for a fun, comedic, and uplifting afternoon at our Fall Creativity Unframed Performing Arts Showcase THIS Sunday November 5 from 2-4pm! This is an opportunity for our non-displaying Guild Members to share their talents and creativity with our community! Master Storyteller Georgia Churchill will share a new riveting selection of short stories that are windows into the time and place from which they emerge. Georgia holds the philosophy that a story is a portal that opens to worlds of both knowledge and delight. For 45 years, she has been telling oral tradition tales from many cultures to people from ages 3 to 101! Prepare to also be dazzled through song from local singer & songwriter Kayla D. Rau! Her tender and funny biographical songs will surely have you toe tapping along! We even hear she might be bringing a TOY PIANO?! Event entry is $5-$10 sliding scale and includes light refreshments! Tickets can be purchased upon arrival to the Guild Galley.

Fall Fiber Fun Series with Iris Chinook
Weekends: November 11, 12, 18, 19 at the Guild

We invite you to join us at the Guild this fall to delve into THREE fun fiber techniques in our Fall Fiber Fun Series led by Iris Chinook. Discover the deep joy in making everyday things with your own hands and walk away with the knowledge of how to successfully make cordage, knit, crochet, read patterns, and correct mistakes. During this 4-part beginner class series in the month of November, you’ll learn and understand the process of working with different fibers to create 3 separate projects: A dishcloth, granny-square, and basic cordage. Seek inspiration to take these traditional techniques and create personalized clothing, scarves, blankets, purses, and more!

Iris Chinook has been exploring and delighting in the creation of textiles for over 50 years. She loves making useful, beautiful things that she can utilize in her everyday life. Primarily identifying as a Spinner (making her own yarn for her projects), she is looking forward to sharing her wealth of experience with you.

November 11, 11am-1pm • Crochet Like a Granny!: In this class you’ll receive information about different materials and projects appropriate for crochet and encouragement to explore the basic “granny-square” pattern to see all of the extraordinary uses to which these basic, “starter” squares can be put! You will learn how to choose the right size crochet hook, tie yarn, chain stitches and join together to create a foundation circle, and learn single and double crochet stitches. After finishing classyou will know the fundamental building blocks of crochet to create anything that inspires you, such as pure art sculptures, wall hangings, toys, or etc.

November 12, 11am-1pm • Knit Shirley’s Gourmet Dishcloth: Knitting is an extremely versatile craft for making clothing as well as home accessories, pet coats, blankets, etc. In this class, you will gain the confidence to make your way through basic knitting instructions to facilitate honing of your skills and an increased awareness of different fibers, their properties, etc. You will learn how to cast-on, make a knit stitch, yarn-over increase and decrease, understand how to read basic knitting instructions, and which end of the circular needles to use! Iris will also show how to use a darning needle to tie-off and weave-in a long tail of yarn that is resistant to unraveling with the heavy use a washcloth receives.

November 18, 11am-1pm • Lucet Cordage: What did we ever use before plastic twine and commercially produced ropes were invented? The ancient art of cordage has allowed the evolution of our species to make everyday useful items. In this class, Iris will discuss the origin and history of the Lucet, an ancient Viking tool and technique of making strong, durable string and cordage that does not unravel when cut. You will learn what kind of materials make good cordage, how to start the cord on the Lucet tool, how to keep going until you have the length you want, how to tie-off yarn, and brainstorm on ways to use your finished string. It’s a great way to use up assorted scraps of yarn, doesn’t require a pattern, and is highly portable.

November 19, 11am-2pm: Final class drop-in opportunity to ask questions and receive help troubleshooting problems with Iris. This final session will be three hours from 11am-2pm and is optional.

Individual Classes are $30/each or $80 to attend the whole series. Classes are appropriate for ages 14 and up. Material Fees are separate and payable directly to the teacher upon arrival in CASH. You get to keep all materials provided to you, which include knitting/crochet needles, fiber, etc. If you would like to request a scholarship due to financial hardship, please send an email to [email protected] or call us at 541-592-5019.

Come explore your creative side with us at our Wreath Making Workshop on Sunday November 26 from 2-5pm led by Ashley Mendes of Pure Life Designs at the Southern Oregon Guild. Weave the natural world into your own unique masterpiece! During this creative hands-on workshop, you will learn the art of selecting, arranging, and preserving a stunning array of dried florals and greenery. As you craft your wreath, you’ll find inspiration in the vibrant color and texture of nature, and the end result will be a testament to your creativity and the splendor of Southern Oregon’s flora. Wreaths make wonderful seasonal decor or a gift for a loved one! Your ticket price of $45 includes all the instruction and supplies needed to create your wreath. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! Register via the button below. *Wreath pictures above are from Ashley’s previous students! WOW!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday September 30 for the opening of our fall exhibit at Art in the Vineyard, our art gallery at Bridgeview Winery in Cave Junction! The work of Charles Churchill & Miri Admoni will be on display until November 27. Bridgeview is now open from 12-7pm!

Charles Churchill has been a sculptor for over 4 decades and a teacher for 26. His passion for art evolved from a love of jazz, leading him to beat poetry, abstract art, and even motorcycles. In 1989, he graduated art school at Sonoma State University and began showing and selling his art. Abstract assemblage and light sculptures make up a large portion of his body of work, made almost entirely of disregarded industrial scraps. By using found wood, glass, and metals, he celebrates and honors the materials made from our planet’s resources. Charles has taught art and curated exhibitions at Sonoma State University and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. He has also shared the art of assemblage to children of all ages in various schools and Head Start programs in Northern California. Charles was the August 2021 Featured Artist at Central Art Gallery in Medford, OR and currently has 4 pieces on display at the Guild Gallery & Art Center. To see more of his work, visit

Miri Admoni (b. 1954 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is a mixed media, glass, and jewelry artist, who shares her life between Israel and the USA. Arts and crafts have always been a part of Miri’s life since childhood. Her formal education was in graphic design, where she worked as a freelance designer and producer of unique recycled paper products and specialized in packaging. During 2004-2010 Miri studied various glass techniques, and from 2011-2012 she studied metalsmithing in a private studio and started to create jewelry with glass. Nature has always been the greatest source of inspiration. Initially, Miri was inspired by her surroundings in Israel, the rich and diverse nature scenes between the Mediterranean Sea and the Judean desert. That led to the creation of the Alchemy glass series and the collaboration with Bedouin women artists. Now Miri lives and works from her home studio in Selma OR, where she continues to explore her relationship with nature. To view or purchase her work, visit her Saatchi site!

Intersections: Fall Guild Member Exhibit
On display now through January 2024 at the Guild

Our Fall Guild Members exhibit, Intersections, opened on Sunday October 22 from 3-5pm at the Guild Gallery & Art Center. Thank you to all who joined us! Intersections will be on display until January 20, 2024. Our current 2023 hours for viewing are: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. The Guild Gallery & Art Center is located in the historic Kerby Belt Building at 24353 Redwood Highway Kerby, OR 97531. Featured artwork above: Interconnected 2, acrylic on canvas, by Dara Daniel.

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