Special Events

These events provide an opportunity for attendees to meet their peers in a fun and educational environment. 

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Special Events

All Special Events are Free with purchase of a CVP or Day Pass unless noted. This list will be updated as events, dates and locations are confirmed.

Cancellations: Convergence® Day Passes and tickets purchased for Convergence® Special Events (Fashion Show, Keynote Presentation, Juror’s Talks, etc.) are non-refundable.

Thursday, July 23

 

Fiber Trust Advocates Reception: Celebrating Small Expressions (Invite Only)

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

In 2020 give $300 or more to the Fiber Trust to receive an invitation

 Advocates who have donated $300 or more in 2020 to the Fiber Trust are invited to join the HGA Board for an exclusive reception celebrating the Small Expressions exhibit. Juror Anastasia Azure will give a talk about her decision process in selecting the works. Wine and light bites will be provided.

 

Friday, July 24

 

Panel Session: Grants & Funding Opportunities for Learning & Teaching

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

How does an artist fund their work and continued studies? Many organizations, including HGA, offer grants and other funding opportunities to support artists in their work through continued learning and program support. Panel members will share recommendations on identifying potential sources and developing relationships with funders.

 

Meet & Greet

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Join us for this networking event to build your conference connections. Discover opportunities to get involved in the fiber arts community on the local, regional or national level. Meet to discuss trends, projects, initiatives, and recent developments.

 

Juror’s Talk: Vistas along the Appalachian Trail Yardage Exhibit

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Tickets: $15

Look through the eyes of Juror Robyn Spady as she talks about the craftsmanship and technical abilities fiber artists convey in this yardage exhibit of hanging works that focus on drawing the viewer towards visual, emotional or intellectual responses.

 

Juror’s Talk: Dogwood to Kudzu Basketry Exhibit

6:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15

Juror Judy Zugish will describe the artwork in the basketry exhibit through their form, technique, material and/or function noting the relationships between old and new, between functional and sculptural, and showcasing the evolution of the medium and the ever-expanding definition of the term "basket".

 

Fiber Trust Supporters Cocktail Reception & Early Access Seating (Invite Only)

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

In 2020 give $100 or more to the Fiber Trust to receive an invitation

Supporters who have donated $100 or more in 2020 to the Fiber Trust are invited to a cocktail reception (cash bar). Pick your seat! Includes early access to seating for the Seasons of the Smokies Fashion Show.

 

Saturday, July 25

 

Juror’s Talk: Vistas along the Appalachian Trail Yardage Exhibit

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Tickets: $15

For description see Friday, July 24.

 

Panel Session: HGA’s Certificate of Excellence (COE)

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Join HGA’s COE recipients, mentors, registrars, scribes, chairs, COE Hosting Guild Committee members, and HGA Board to learn more about HGA’s Certificate of Excellence program in handweaving, handspinning, dyeing and basketmaking. Members of this panel will share their experience during the process and answer questions.

 

Open Portfolio sponsored by Mark Grigalunas

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

To Present: $20

Students and emerging artists are invited to open their portfolios for critique and review by professors and professional fiber artists. These displays are free for Convergence® attendees to admire the work and ask questions of the artists who have put their work on display. Complete guidelines available online. Advance registration required,

 

Juror’s Talk: Seasons of the Smokies Wearable Art Exhibit

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Tickets $30

Poised at the junction of art, craft and fashion, artwear has both challenged and blurred cultural boundaries as works of art made to adorn the body. Take a walk through the wearable art exhibit with Juror Dianne Totten as she discusses the impact that color, design, fabric and construction have in creating designer show pieces.

 

Sunday, July 26

 

Juror’s Talk: Dogwood to Kudzu Basketry Exhibit

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Tickets: $15

For description see Saturday, July 25.

 

Panel Session: A Better Proposal – Tip for being hired to Teach

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Do you aspire to teach at Convergence® or a regional conference? Perhaps a guild? Join current and past HGA Leaders, Leader Selection Committee members, regional conference representatives, and guilds as they provide insights on the class/teacher selection and hiring process and discuss tips and tricks on creating a stand-out class proposal.

 

Juror’s Talk: Symphony of the Mountains Mixed Media Exhibit

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Tickets: $15

Join Juror Kathleen Curtis Wilson as she discusses the diversity in technique, theme, materials, technologies and color use on display and the exploratory approach taken by many of the artists chosen in this exhibit of mixed media artworks.

 

Juror’s Talk: Seasons of the Smokies Wearable Art Exhibit

6:15 PM – 7:45 PM

Tickets $30

For description see Saturday, July 25.

 

Fiber Trust Supporters Reception: Celebrating Philanthropy (Invite Only), sponsored by The Woolery

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

In 2020 give $100 or more to the Fiber Trust to receive an invitation

Supporters who have donated $100 or more in 2020 to the Fiber Trust are invited to join the HGA Board for an informative and festive dessert reception. HGA will introduce the students who have benefitted from your support and share the news about the 2022 Convergence®.

 

Monday, July 27

 

Juror’s Talk: Symphony of the Mountains Mixed Media Exhibit

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Tickets: $15

For description see Sunday, July 26.

 

Fiber Trust Friend Luncheon with Kathleen Curtis Wilson (Invite Only)

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

In 2020 give $500 or more to the Fiber Trust to receive an invitation

Friends who have donated $500 or more in 2020 to the Fiber Trust are invited to join the HGA Board President and Executive Director for an intimate luncheon with Keynote Speaker Kathleen Curtis Wilson.

 

Handwoven Kitchen Towel Exchange sponsored by Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join us for a weaving exchange as a participant or an observer. This is a great way to meet fellow weaving enthusiasts and to increase your handwoven towel stash. Complete guidelines available online. Advance registration required.

 

Keynote Presentation by Kathleen Curtis Wilson and 2022 Convergence® Announcement

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets: $70 or Free with CVP, includes dinner

After 25 years documenting the hand woven textiles in southern Appalachia, Kathleen Curtis Wilson has a treasure trove of photographs and stories to share, including photographs of a rare bed rug, a woven quilt made by two enslaved women in Tennessee, and a suit of clothing made of fabric woven c.1820 in North Carolina. She will share the fascinating story of two Appalachian women who wove the furnishings for the Lincoln bedroom in the Woodrow Wilson White House and show a few images of the crafts made during the earliest years of the settlement school movement. With every piece of cloth, the history of the region is revealed. Kathleen will present a visual tour of the talent and diversity of the strong, resilient men and women who settled in southern Appalachia.

Prior to Kathleen’s presentation the Wearable Art Exhibit awards will be announced, the HGA Board will host the annual HGA general meeting, and dinner will be served. Following the presentation, we will make the 2022 announcement. See page 9 for dinner menu.

Cancellations

Tickets purchased for Convergence® events (Fashion Show, Keynote Presentation, Tours, Juror Talks, etc.) are non-refundable.

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Special Interest Meetings & Gatherings

HGA’s Convergence® conference is the perfect place to meet face-to-face with others who share your interest in fibers and textile techniques. Join in a meeting and make new friends.

Nonprofit groups who hold Affiliate Guild or Professional Organization Memberships with HGA are encouraged to meet during Convergence®. Meetings hosted by these groups are free to attend and open to everyone.

For more information about Special Events and Meetings call (678) 730-0010 or email Programs@WeaveSpinDye.org.