CRESTVIEW North county artists, artisans and crafters used to gather in Carolyn Stewart's framing shop and studio to chew the fat, swap technique suggestions and get creative. Artists like bookbinder and textile artist Mary Richardson miss that informality and camaraderie and hope to recreate that comfortable atmosphere that made them feel right at home.


CRESTVIEW Not too many years ago, north county artists, artisans and crafters gathered now and then in Carolyn Stewart's framing shop and studio, chewed the fat, swapped technique suggestions and got creative.



Artists like bookbinder and textile artist Mary Richardson miss the informality and camaraderie of those days, when paint-covered floors and tables created a comfortable atmosphere that made them feel right at home.



Richardson will hold a March 20 organizational meeting for area artists to discuss recreating that "guild" atmosphere once enjoyed in Stewart's now-closed shop.



The Journey Java Connection, which boasts its own lively visual and performing arts scene, will host the meeting, during which artists can meet one another and discuss ideas for future gatherings.



One of the group's goals, Richardson said, is holding design workshops and creative opportunities at which artists and crafters can learn techniques from one another.



WANT TO GO?



WHAT: North county artists, artisans and Crafters Guild Organizational meeting



WHEN: 6:30 p.m. March 20



WHERE: Journey Java Connection, 269 N. Main St., Crestview



NOTES: Meet and greet fellow artists, discuss future meetings and workshops. No membership fee, but organizers suggest showing appreciation by buying refreshments or donating to the coffeehouse's community projects.



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