Wanda Spangler-Warren (website email), Norma Lipscomb (phone tree), Jane Ogren (Calls for Entry), Ann Taymans (email)
These committees compile all information important to Guild members and make sure it gets out in a timely manner via monthly email Updates and other email messages. For those without email, we have a phone tree in place.


The Exhibitions umbrella oversees and coordinates the Membership Exhibitions
Committee and Fiberart International.


Lauren Sims
CoDirectors (Oct – Nov 2015)
Michelle Browne
Jay van Wagenen

Fiberart International 2016 Our triennial juried exhibition of fiber art has steadily grown to international prominence. A shining achievement of our Guild, it is produced through the tireless dedication of our members.


Michelle Browne, Carolyn Carson, Elysia Cecchetti, Natalie Grandinetti, Donna Bogosto Kearns, Barb Kubala, Staci Offutt, Jane Ogren, Brent Ruka, Laura Tabakman, Ann Taymans, Jay van Wagenen
One of the most valuable services of the Guild is providing its members with exhibition opportunities. Gratifying and interesting, work on this committee provides valuable experience in producing art exhibitions. Fresh ideas are always welcome.


Donna Bogosto Kearns, Sylvia Marko, Kitty Savel, Arden Solomon, Laura Tabakman, Judy Manion
Finance meets two to three times per year to review Guild finances and develop an annual Guild budget for the coming year using projected income and expenses. If you have an interest in figures and finance, they welcome new members. You’ll get to see the magic of how the Guild accomplishes all we do with such a small budget.

GUILD EXHIBITION REPRESENTATIVE TO  PCA’s Guild Council’s Exhibition Committee

Laura Tabakman
In order to maintain a healthy working relationship with the PF/PCA, the Guild exhibition representative is vital to how our exhibitions are presented.


Susan Swarthout, Jane Ogren
All the resident guilds at the PF/PCA have a representative to keep informed of the requirements and changes to PF/PCA policies.


Provides refreshment at most meetings as well as some of the special events.


Amanda Gross, Penny Mateer

Knit the bridge


Norma Lipscomb
Maintains membership records and mails information to new and prospective members. This committee also takes attendance records at meetings and receives and processes dues.

NOMINATING 2015-2016

Each year this committee prepares for Guild membership voting a slate of nominees for three vacancies on the Board of Directors, based on nominations from Guild members. They also organize the following year’s new committee.


The objectives of this committee are to provide orientation to new members and to guide them to areas that will meet their specific needs; to inform other artists and outside groups about the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and what it has to offer them; and to assist in updating and revising brochures and booklets for distribution for the coming year.


The mission of the outreach committee is to bring the talents and resources of our Guild to the wider community of Pittsburgh. The committee seeks to engage, educate and foster an appreciation and love for fiber arts and techniques. The committee works to further the Guild’s cultural presence in Pittsburgh through collaboration with other guilds, organizations, and schools. We welcome all members to help plan and carry out outreach efforts.

Our outreach efforts this year are focused on the Pop des Fleurs project.

Pop des Fleurs is a public art installation developed by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh to “plant” colorful outdoor installations of fiberart flower gardens
throughout the city in February and March. Our goal is to create color, community, and delight during the dark winter season and raise awareness of Fiberart
International 2016!

POP des fleurs Team Leaders
Linda Brown

Workshop Coordinator: Schedules, staffs, and provides appropriate materials for workshops.
Jennifer Holliman
Co-Coordinator: Keeps track of participating libraries and acts as a liaison between community point people and the Guild, helps with organization, outreach and planning.
Rae Gold
Lead Artist: Provides an artistic vision for the Guild-specific installations and can offer design guidance for participating groups.
Alyssa DiFolco
Social Media Coordinator: Receives photos and content from project participants to create blog posts and update Instagram, Facebook, and website.
Amber Coppings
In-School Artist Residency Coordinator: Coordinates with FI2016 Director to schedule Pop des Fleurs related programming in schools via Artist Residency Project(s).


Michelle Browne, Sam/Tricia Milford, Jamie Herron

This vital committee plans and carries out our annual series of lectures, workshops and other programs.


Jay van Wagenen
PR gets information out to the media about exhibitions and events sponsored by the Guild. This is an important function in keeping the public informed.


Mary Towner (chair), Martha Wasik, Norma Lipscomb
The directory contains full information on the Fiberarts Guild and all its members. It is available to Guild Members Only in a printed version as well as a PDF; e-mail Mary Towner to receive the electronic version.


Carol Henley (chair)
A number of Special Interest (Mentoring) Groups have formed this past year and new groups are still forming. They meet occasionally or on a regular basis.
Michelle Browne (Installations)
Jamie Herron (Felting)
Christina Papp (Cultural Anthropology of Textiles – CAT)
Kitty Savel (Knit-Crochet)
Carol Beth Yoffee (Beading)


Penny Mateer

The Fiberarts Guild has its own public Facebook page. This is your opportunity to promote exhibitions, teaching gigs, and other news. Send your info with photo via email to Penny Mateer at and it will appear in the main newsfeed. You can post your works in progress, share info about shows you have seen or a new technique, resource or product directly to the page. All your direct posts will appear on the side bar. PLUS—We also have a private Facebook group open only to our membership. On Facebook, go to Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh Members and ask to join. Remember, always send or post a photo because Facebook is image driven.


Laura Tabakman

The Fiberarts Guild has an online discussion group for its members. It’s a place to let everyone know about interesting things going on in your fiber life, ask questions (about techniques, resources, materials, etc.), let people know about an interesting exhibition, or simply start a discussion. To join, go to, click on Join this Group, and follow the steps. You have the choice of receiving the emails as they’re sent or just reading them when you feel like it. We hope everyone joins. Contact Laura Tabakman at lauratabakman@yahoo. com with questions or problems.

BLOG – Fiber Flash

Penny Mateer, Jay van Wagenen

The blog page showcases our members’ work, shares their accomplishments and experiences, and explores current trends in fiber. Your comments and contributions are always welcome.


The Guild maintains two websites. Both sites require regular maintenance and updating.

Laura Tabakman (Fiberarts Guild)

The Guild has a brand-new, redesigned, member-friendly website that makes it much easier for you to keep in touch with Guild activities and organize your fiber life. When you go to, you’ll find all these new features…
• Announcements rotate in the upper right quadrant of every page. Check for upcoming events, changes in programs, last-minute news.
• Programs page lists all the upcoming Guild events – workshops, lectures, meetings, and more – in a convenient calendar format.
• Exhibitions page gives you information on upcoming Guild shows and lets you apply, submit images, and pay online. You can also see images and catalogs from past exhibitions going back to 2006.
• About page is your reference for board members, committees, contact info, and Guild projects.
• Membership page is where you can join or renew your membership online, consult a list of members with their websites, check out the monthly call for
entries, and learn about our special interest groups. You can also access the private members-only area for a complete member list with contact info,
newsletter archive, and a list of resources. The password for the restricted area changes yearly, you will receive it once you pay your dues.

Lauren Sims & Evan Zajdel (Fiberart International 2016)