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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Fiber Art Center Closes Doors

So sad. I went in to the Fiber Art Center today to help pack up the last of the consignment goods. It is so difficult to see the physical closure. It took 7 years of hard work by so many people to build it up, yet everything has been dismantled over the course of just a couple weeks.

I have enjoyed the Fiber Art Center as an artist, teacher, vendor, student, audience member, volunteer, working member, cheerleader, public relations coordinator, newsletter editor, fundraiser, curator, etc. It was a lot of hard work but I am so much richer for having done it.

The Fiber Art Center was a marvelous dream and wove together a community of incredibly talented artists and fiber art enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the current economic climate is not conducive to the survival of a small nonprofit arts organization.

I will cherish the memories and the and friends I've made and be eternally grateful for the opportunities, guidance and encouragement I rec'd at the FAC. You all rock!

The website, with a retrospective look at the last 7 years (scroll down the first page) will be up for a few months. Check it out to see what we all wrought.

1 comment:

Not Just Anna's Blog said...

We just made our latest trek to Amherst (from our "new" home of four years in Indiana), and Kate and I went to the Fiber Arts Center first chance we got, and were astonished to find the doors locked, and later, to hear of the closing. This was truly one of my favorite places in the world, and my memories of my favorite exhibits (the baskets woven of copper wire, the wearable art, the unbelievably ingenious quilts...) will have to suffice in future. Mary Peckham