Outreach – A Keystone Mission Objective
The mission of the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild is to promote and preserve weaving and other fiber related arts through education, programs and outreach to the community.
Nine Monthly Programs held each year feature talks by regional and national fiber artists. We welcome the public to attend.
The Betty and Claiborne Smith Award benefits a student enrolled in an accredited fiber arts program
Juried Shows held every two years provide a global venue for fiber artists, but also provide engagement with the metropolitan Atlanta area
Community Engagement events provide weaving and spinning demonstrations to make the public aware of the wide range of fiber arts and our educational programs
Regional Awards and Sponsorships
CHG holds monthly meetings from Sept – November and January – June each year. Each meeting has a program presented by a regional or national fiber artist. While we have traditionally held these meetings in person, the Covid pandemic forced us to virtual meetings. By also extending some of our programs through the Internet we have reached a wider audience than our metropolitan Atlanta base. It has been so successful that we plan to implement HYBRID meetings in the future. In-person for those who can join us, but also streamed to members and visitors unable to attend in person.
No matter where you live, we would be happy to extend an invitation for you to join us when we hold virtual meetings. All it takes is a short email to our Membership Chair telling us who you are and a little about yourself. You will then be provided an email with the virtual meeting invitation.
For information on upcoming programs click here.
Betty and Claiborne Smith Award
Betty and Claiborne Smith have been integral to the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild Education mission. This award was established as a memorial to Claiborne and to honor Betty who has retired to Jekyll Island where she still teaches along with her daughter. A yearly award is made to a student in the Fiber Arts program at the University of North Georgia.
University of North Georgia
Pictured here with her professor
Every two years the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild holds a competition open to fiber artists internationally. A nationally recognized jurist determines a theme for our exhibit and then selects the persons whose works will be exhibited. From the exhibited works, a number of awards are issued with monetary prizes and ribbons.
For 2019, 2021, and our upcoming show in 2023 we have been lucky to hold the exhibit at the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning Gallery.
We invite you to take a virtual tour through our 2021 Show, Stories from Nature, by clicking here.
Community Engagement Events
We bring awareness to the public about the art of weaving through demonstrations at community events. We have a small demonstration loom that anyone can use to try their hand at weaving. Whenever possible, our members also demonstrate fiber arts like spinning or kumihimo braiding.
For a number of years we have been invited to the City of Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days Festival. We have demonstrated at local libraries and other Arts Festivals in the state. One of our weaving instructors regularly demonstrates at the Stone Mountain Highland Games and our new spinning instructor demonstrates at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.
Regional Awards and Sponsorships
Every year the Georgia National Fair’s Home Arts and Fine Arts competition provides a venue for people around the state to submit examples of their crafts for display and adjudication. Each area supports the divisions of Youth, Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master. First, second, and third place prizes are awarded in each division. In addition, many individuals and organizations sponsor special awards. CHG has been a long time sponsor of the “Excellence in Handweaving Award”. This award is selected from all of the handweaving categories.
The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) is the national organization that supports Guilds from every state. In 1998, CHG was chosen to host the biennial convention, Convergence 98. We were one of the last regional guilds to host, i.e. run, the convention. However, HGA still looks to its member guilds and vendors to support programs at Convergence or its overall operation. This year CHG has been proud to sponsor the Handtowel Exchange at Convergence. In addition we have sponsored the appearance of Dianne Totten, one of our own members, at the Textiles and Tea Event. This weekly program spotlights fiber artists and educators from around the nation in a virtual format.