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Fiber Forum Retreat 2008

As a member of EGA, I have been able to join its art group, Fiber Forum.  Members must jury in every three years, but those who do not wish to jury can become Friends of Fiber Forum.  I did jury in last year.

The group’s primary focus is finding venues to exhibit the work of its members and their annual retreats. This year I was able to take part in the retreat.

We met in Asheville, NC for a three day beading workshop given by Carol Wilcox Wells. What a combination of Wonderful!

Asheville is nestled snugly in the Smoky Mountains. It is the home of the Biltmore mansion and a myriad of fabulous restaurants, galleries, and shops. It is also home to the Haywood Park Hotel, which is where we stayed and where the workshop was held. Talk about being in the lap of luxury! 

The Haywood Park is in the center of downtown and walking distance to so many fabulous shops and restaurants as well as galleries, a theater, and a museum. We didn’t need a car for the entire stay!

About two blocks from the hotel is Chevron beads, heaven for the die-hard beader! And around the corner is Beads and Beyond! A smaller shop but also a beader’s must-see.

Some of the other shops that got the groups attention were its terrific clothing stores, Tops shoe store (I have never seen so many shoes in one place!!!), Purl’s- for the fiber and knitting enthusiasts in our midst, the art supply store-one of the entrances opens into the hotel lobby, and the renovated Woolworth’s building that now houses a co-op gallery and lunch counter, and last but not least, The Chocolate Fetish-the name says it all.

And the restaurants! My favorites are The Market Place – fabulous food, atmosphere, and service, Early Girl Eatery – Oooh! Breakfasts, Tupelo Honey Cafe – Amazing southern fusion cuisine in a fun raucous atmosphere, Malaprop’s coffee and World coffee, The Flying Frog-Bar, Deli, and Restaurant with outdoor seating, and ofcours, The Bier Garden-the best sweet potato fries I have ever had! And that’s just the tip of the Iceberg!

The workshop with Carol Wilcox Wells was a great learning experience. She is an artist of amazing skill and talent and generous in her sharing of those talents. Her classroom is comfortable and fun, and she makes sure that eveyone receives the individual attention they need.

I learned and learned and learned and had my vision expanded. How could you ask for more? I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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