YAH Winter News
New Team Members:
If you have missed our Glass City Poetry Readings, you will have a chance to make up for that mistake when our poetry nights resume after New Year. We acknowledge and thank our Poetry Czar Scott Silsbe for setting up and coordinating these monthly spoken word events.
Introducing our Craft Guru- leaving no craft unexplored, Moira Richardson loves to experiment and try out new mediums, making her a bit of a jill-of-all-trades, as far as crafts go. She’ll be focusing on using recycled and up-cycled materials to create books, planners, journals, and more during her time at You Are Here. She’ll also be teaching fun art classes each month using recycled materials from Oh Scrap!. Have a crafty question? Just ask our craft guru. (If she’s not in, feel free to send her a message or leave a note!)
January will bring our fiber exhibition accompanied by meetings or the Yarn Circle as well as quilting and weaving workshops conducted by our resident artist Pamelajean Werner.
Join us for:
Join us on Saturday, January 12th for our opening reception. You Are Here announces the opening of Stitches. The exhibition showcases YAH Resident Artist Pamelajean Werner, YAH Satellite Artist Jess Higo Walbridge, and guest artist Imani Russell. Werner has decades of experience as a weaver and maker of rag quilts. Her work is inspired by both traditional and contemporary insights. Walbridge is a master crocheter whose intention is “to bring ‘women’s work’ into a fine art setting” with her references to monsters and powerful women. She has developed her body of work by morphing classical concepts, feminist undertones, and monstrous themes into unexpected fiber pieces. Washington DC area artist, Imani Russell (indigo’s friends.com) creates her cloth dolls using worn clothing, found fabrics and unusual objects: a tradition passed down from her mother and grandmother. She is inspired by the Gullah, a distinctive group of African Americans originally rooted in the southeastern U.S. during the 18th century. Their origins in Sierra Leone endowed them with immunity to malaria that often left them surviving their slave masters, so they were able to cultivate and sustain a unique culture that still survives as a national treasure. Russell says, “Natozake Shange’s novel Sassafras, Cypress and Indigowas my introduction to Gullah culture. . .This story still informs my work.”
Every three weeks YAH will host a yarn circle. Check out our events page for dates. The Yarn Circle is a crochet group for all skill levels lead by master crocheter Jess Higo Walbridge. We have the yarn and hooks! Help us to make granny squares for an upcoming public art project in Jeannette, and in return, get some yarn for your own project. Jess will be on hand to teach beginners and to exchange knowledge and tips with masters.
NEW- Guitar Circle: Beginners’ Guitar and Music Group at You Are Here
Hosted by Nick Weglowski
Tuesday evenings beginning March 5
7:30 to 9:00 pm
EVERYONE is welcome! You don’t need ANY knowledge or experience to attend. You don’t even need a guitar! We’ll have extra.
*Start at zero and learn from your peers.
*Try new things in a safe, supportive, and non-competitive environment.
*Meet like-minded folks with an interest in musical performance and composition.
*Handouts, encouragement, and constructive feedback will be provided.
There is NO CHARGE but donations to You Are Here are welcome.
Your donations help us to deliver opportunities and services that equip artists and community members to collaborate, innovate and participate in projects that reflect local culture and heritage, and that increase individual pride, confidence, and self-worth.
Stop in at Oh, Scrap! to cure the winter blues. You will find many items at great prices. From craft supplies, scrapbooking materials, paints and brushes to books, magazines and yarn- we have something for everyone! Come check it out and see what you can create! Hours and more information listed on the Oh, Scrap! page.
Check out our resident artist! You Are Here welcomes fiber artist Pamelajean Werner as our first artist in residence. Pam has decades of experience as a weaver and maker of rag quilts. Her work is inspired by both traditional and contemporary insights. While with us, she will be working in her studio on exhibition pieces and will be sharing her knowledge with visitors via demonstrations and workshops.
Check our Events page for details.
Check out our satellite artist! We welcome Jessica Higo Walbridge as our Satellite Artist. Jess is not in residence at YAH, but on our website and social media. She is a master crocheter whose intention is “to bring ‘women’s work’ into a fine art setting” with her references to monster and powerful women. She has made her body of work by morphing classical concepts, feminist undertones, and monstrous themes into unexpected fiber pieces.
Be sure to check our What’s New tab to see what Jess is working on for our January gallery exhibition.