Committees

COMMUNICATIONS

Norma Lipscomb (Phone Tree), Stacy Morrison (email), Mary Towner (Calls for Entry), Katrina Shorter-Harrison, Petra Fallaux (eblast) & Ann Taymans
This committee drives program communications with FGP Members. They compile and distribute information important to FGP Members in a timely fashion using monthly email updates and other email messages. For those without email, we have a phone tree in place.

EBLASTS

Petra Fallaux, Contact
This committee sends out monthly Eblasts to help members stay informed about our programs and provides information to the media about Guild events and exhibitions. If you have content that you would like to appear in the monthly Eblast, please send it to Petra Fallaux (pr@fiberartspgh.org) by the 23rd of the month. Content received after that date will be published in the following month’s Eblast.

EXHIBITIONS

Coleen Rush, Co-chair – Jeanette McCabe, Co-chair – Linda Brown – Michelle Browne – Carolyn Carson- Elizabeth Finkelstein – Barb Kubala – Stacy Morrison – Gloria Rosati – Brent Ruka – Ellen Smith – Laura Tabakman – Ann Taymans – Mary Towner
The FGP provides its Members with exhibition opportunities; arguably one of the most valuable services provided by the FGP to its Members. The Exhibition committee governs all aspects of member exhibits to make sure that the experience is valuable for exhibitors and audiences alike.

FGP REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PCA&M GUILD COUNCIL

Carolyn Carson
The PCA&M representative provides a voice for the FGP to maintain awareness about PCA&M policies and requirements.

FINANCE

Laura Tabakman, Carolyn Carson, Ciarra Rawleigh, Elizabeth Murray Finkelstein
The Finance Committee meets several times a year to review FGP finances, and to develop an annual operating budget for the coming year.

HOSPITALITY

Ellen Smith, Barbara Dahlberg, Toni Ritchey-Ridella

The Hospitality Committee, in cooperation with the Program and Exhibition Committees, is responsible for providing refreshments and paper goods for the annual potluck, the annual membership exhibition, and occasional events.

MEMBERSHIP

Norma Lipscomb, Contact
The Membership Committee maintains FGP membership records, mails information to new and prospective Members, tracks dues payments from Members (and sends payment reminders when necessary), and takes attendance records at FGP meetings.

NOMINATING

Carolyn Carson / Coleen Rush / Ellen Smith Co-Chairs
The Nominating Committee nominates members for all open positions of the Board, annually, and presents nominees to fill any vacancies that occur on the Board of Directors. The Committee also nominates members for positions on the next Nominating Committee. The Committee reports its nominations to the membership at the FGP Annual meeting.

OUTREACH

Susan Swarthout, Chair
The Outreach Committee brings the talents and resources of our FGP to the wider com- munity of Pittsburgh. The committee engages, educates, and fosters an appreciation of and love for fiber arts and techniques. The committee works to further the FGP’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.

PROGRAMS

Co-chairs – Michelle Browne, Petra Fallaux, Carolyn Carson
Ellen Smith – Christine Manges – Patty Kennedy Zafred – Mary Towner – Delli Speers (Show, Share and Critique)
The Programs Committee identifies programming for the upcoming fiscal year, and develops the comprehensive Program Calendar (which is at the core of this directory). The committee identifies programs, lectures, and workshops of interest to FGP Members, and procures presenters and meeting space to support the important work of the FGP.

RESOURCE GUIDE & DIRECTORY

Norma Lipscomb, Martha Wasik
A new Resource Guide and Directory is published each year, and contains complete, updated information about the FGP and its Members. A PDF version of the directory is available for download in the Members-only section of the FGP website (https:// fiberartspgh.org/member-directory/).

SOCIAL MEDIA

Co-Chairs: Laura Tabakman / Donna Bogosto Kearns,
Judy Manion (Facebook Group Admin), Penny Mateer (Facebook Page Admin)
The Social Media committee oversees the FGP website (www.fiberartspgh.org), the Fiberarts International website (www.fiberartinternational.org) Facebook page and Instagram, the FGP Yahoo group, the FGP Facebook page and Facebook group, and the FGP’s various email accounts. If you are interested in exhibiting your work, a list of Call for Entries is published every two months, a great resource.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIG)

Carol Henley, Main Contact
Jamie Herron – Felting, Risë Nagin – Installations, Delli Speers – Knit & Crochet, Beading.
The FGP has established a number of Special Interest Groups that are designed to pro- vide Members with a forum in which pursue a particular interest within the wide range of fiber art. Groups are informally structured and self-governed each deciding how, where, and when to meet, and how to focus their activities. Specific policies regarding the sponsorship and funding of FGP SIGs can be found on the FGP Website (https:// fiberartspgh.org/about/definitions-and-procedures/). If you are interested in starting a new SIG, contact Carol Henley (cehenagain@yahoo.com), who will be happy to help you organize an initial meeting.

Felting (Contact: Jamie Herron)
Felt = wet and needle felting (aka dry felting) We celebrate all things FELT! Our group is comprised of, and encourages, both experienced and beginning felters, as well as those who want to learn how. There is room and support for all!

knit & Crochet (Contact: Delli Speers)
The Knit and Crochet Special Interest Group is a very relaxed group of knitters and crocheters from all walks of life. The group meets the first Sunday of the month at the Squirrel Hill Library from 1pm – 3pm. Knitters and crocheters meet to discuss their work, and to provide help and encouragement to other members of the group. All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome.

The installation Group (Contact: Risë nagin)
This group explores issues related to site-specific installation art. We visit exhibitions, talk about our own current and potential projects. Collaboration and experimentation are encouraged.