You don't want to miss out on Hand Dying your own silk scarf. It's always very popular when Sandra shows up on campus with her silk dyes and scarves. If you haven't enrolled in this class for Saturday, Feb 22nd, you better do so today! There's still a few spots left and time to get in on the fun. Go here to enroll now.
The New Year has brought change to Pioneer Craft House in a few areas. The Board of Directors appointed, Irene Wallingford as the new Administrator last month. We hope you will welcome her aboard. Irene comes from a long background in working with Non-Profits in the Washington D.C. area and has been living in Utah for a few years. She is a lover of the arts as well as an artist. Please join us in welcoming Irene!
We've also been developing new programming to be offered here at Pioneer Craft House. The new classes on the immediate horizon are, Hand Painted Silk, Process Journaling, Beginning Glass Fusion, Abstract Watercolor, Native American Moccasins, Jewelry Bead and Wire, Mixed Media Journal Spilling, and the latest addition of China Painting! Many of these classes are now offered during the daytime. We are excited to liven up the campus during the daytime hours as well. Please check out the new classes coming your way beginning in February and going out as far as May! It's never too early to register for these new classes and of course we also encourage you to enroll in any of our long standing ones as well. 2014 is off to a great start around here and we are excited to bring you many more classes to choose from as time moves forward.
Successful Fundraiser Held on Nov 16, 2013
We had a great turnout and saw many new faces. We appreciate all of you who did make it out in spite of the chilly weather. Hopefully, you will be able to show up to the next big event in the future! Thanks to all of our artists and the public who came out to support Pioneer Craft House.
Pioneer Craft House...it's not a great moniker for this day and age. Some folks think it's where old pioneers go to die. Others think we sell glitter and glue. And some believe we wear bonnets and churn butter.
So where did the name come from? From 1947, when the Auerbach Department Store gave a centennial gift to Salt Lake City consisting of a reproduction pioneer cabin where various folks came to demonstrate and teach what, in 1847, were survival skills such as spinning and blacksmithing. Mrs. Glen Beeley realized it was a great concept and used her prodigious networking and organizational skills to develop a craft school. Noted artists such as Aavard Fairbanks and Lark Lucas were among the faculty and now-famous puppeteers such as Carroll Spinney (Big Bird) attended an international conference on our grounds. The name fit.
Now, not so much. Why don't we change it? CHANGE? It's hard to mess with something that's 66 years old. B.C. (Before Cable), "Pioneer Craft House" was a recognized and trustworthy brand. Folks love to stop by and tell us how they graduated from Granite High and took pottery classes at PCH and thought Mrs. Beeley was a hoot. So if we change it, it'll have to be a smooth transition so we don't lose those positive attachments. On the other hand, we need to attract youthful, innovative teachers and students with a more modern image if we want to survive.
It's not a battle we're prepared to fight right now. We took a little step by creating a logo that combines a contemporary aesthetic with the heritage represented by the Scott School. Now we've got a new slogan. Tell us what you think....
ARTISTS ARE PIONEERS
Pathfinders, initiators, trailblazers,
explorers, innovators, planters,
authors, originators, creators,
cooks, and thinkers who
venture into unknown and unclaimed territory
and open it p for others to follow.
SLUG Magazine, sponsor of the popular CRAFT LAKE CITY art festival, has given us a free table to promote our program. Most of our faculty and Board will be staffing the booth, pressing flesh, showing sample wares, and handing out our class schedule and other "About PCH" material.
Mike Ferrin and Bill Hughes are donating a pot and a flute, respectively, for a FREE DRAWING!! Winning entries can come to our campus and pick up a gift of their choosing.
CRAFT LAKE CITY has been voted "BEST" public festival in Salt Lake. It's unlike traditional art exhibits in that it emphasizes DIY crafts that reuse and reinvent. Participants have a fresh, youthful approach to this "Handmade Nation" movement that makes for an exciting experience for art lovers and fair-goers.
Because of recent contentions with our landlord, South Salt Lake City, SLUG offered us this opportunity in the belief that PCH is representative of art-oriented non-profits who've een fighting City Hall since time immemorial.
CRAFT LAKE CITY IS AT THE GALLIVAN CENTER, EASILY REACHED BY TRAX AND BICYCLE, ON FRI AUG 9 FROM 5:00-10:00PM AND ON SAT AUG 10 FROM 12:00-10:00PM. OUR TABLE IS NEAR THE GALLIVAN AVENUE ENTRANCE.
COME SAY HI!!!!
"Traces of the West" is the theme of Eccles' annual judged art show, which runs from July 5 to July 30.
PCH admin and painting instructor has submitted "T'bird Boots," a pen and colored pencil work she completed at a retreat at the Thunderbird Foundation in Mt. Carmel, UT. Thunderbird is famed western painter Maynard Dixon's restored studio (www.thunderbirdfoundation.com).
P.S. Sorry about the glare on the glass.
On six breezy Fridays this spring, fiber artists Sandra Ence Paul introduced the elegant art of hand-painted silk. Students gave the term "going with the flow" new meaning, as they swept brushes across long scarves, square scarves, and kimonos in swirling, saturated patterns.
The PCH patio just glowed!
Serendipity happens at PCH!
Just when we welcomed Nancy Marr, a retired public school art teacher, onto the faculty, there was a spate of requests for a teen pottery class. Nancy thought hard about teenagers' brains and sleep patterns, and then enrolled four new students, ages 12 to 15, in CLAY CAMP from 10:30am-12:30pm.
CLAY CAMP will run every Tuesday and Friday until July 31, $10 per session. This method of payment allows for breaks for vacations and such.
Enrapt guests watching USU ceramic artist Todd Hayes demonstrate his unique technique of molding clay for vessels, bowls, plates.
The Wasatch Area Lampwork Artists (WALA) guild held the Glass Gallery and Bead Bazaar on PCH's front lawn Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am-6:00pm. Featured were demonstrations of lampworking techniques and sales of handmade glass beads, buttons, sculpture, marbles, and more. Lampworking involves fine artists using blow torches to create simple shapes and beautiful, intricate sculptures out of colorful glass canes.