Additional visibility is the main reason that South Central Artisans partners with the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. The Center maintains a website with our information, participants can purchase event tickets online through the center, and we are in constant contact with other Arts-Related organizations. We also have access to many community wide events, like the upcoming ARToberfest on October 3. South Central Artisans greatly appreciates the efforts done by the center to promote our group and give us more ideas to continue to grow.
What are some events your group puts on throughout the year?
South Central Artisans has monthly events. On the 2nd Monday and 4th Sunday, we host an Open Studio/Open Sewing gathering at the Center. Participants are invited to come to the studio to work on a project of their choice. For many of these open events we also have a theme that is designed to bring people with common interests together. Future themes include a Pumpkin Carving event on October 12 and a slide show by Jon Otteson of various art displays he took while attending the State Fair. Suggestions for more themes are always welcome!
On the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm, we hold a general meeting with announcements of upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. This meeting usually has a featured speaker or panel presentation. Our featured speaker for October will be Carolyn Ulrich on Needlework Artistry. In November, Betty Brandt will demonstrate Danish paper-cutting. December will be our holiday make and take event, along with a potluck and annual party.
Artisan Showcase is scheduled for January 10-24 at the Center, more details later about this event.
The special event in October is a Fashion Show with Walking Models of all ages on October 17 at 11:30 at the Center. Lunch is included with your ticket for $12.00 that is available online or from Carreen Pierson and Betty Brandt, co-chairs of the event, along with Ellen Starr. Fall Into Fashion—Wearable Arts and Costumes. A large collection of red hats will be on display to enjoy along with a boutique for your shopping fun.
There seems to be a wide variety of interests, from cosplay to quilting, how do you make sure everyone stays connected and interested?
Our mission is to bring together people who are interested in observing or learning various art forms with people who love to create those art forms. Our scope is educational, hands on when possible, creative topics. Art experiences allow the mind to develop more fully and we are pledged to that objective, whether it is to encourage someone to try a new skill or to learn about someone else’s projects. Art gives everyone a universal appreciation with a personal experience.
Guests are always welcome at all of our events! We also encourage membership for $25 a year, which gives us the resources we need to continue our partnership with the Center and to provide promotional and supply materials to hold our various events. Our goal is to provide events that inspire, educate, and allow for interaction and sharing of skills amongst the various artisans and artforms. We offer many opportunities for people to step out of their traditional box by learning the artistic stories of others. Our group also helps people find others who have similar or common interests. Encouragement and support is healthy for everyone!