North Okaloosa arts guild may reorganize with March 20 meeting

Mary Richardson

Fabric artist Mary Richardson, shown working a traditional quilt, invites north county artists, artisans and crafters to a March 20 organizational meeting at Journey Java Connection that could lead to the creation of an area arts guild.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 06:29 PM.

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.


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

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