Greetings from the River House porch!
Fall is in the air and the river's running a little more quietly than back in July when we arrived as the Guild's new directors. First and foremost, please receive our deepest thanks for your gracious welcome, support and prayers. It is a gift to be here as the Guild moves forward into the new chapter of its unfolding story.
Our reflections after two months:
-The Guild is a beloved place. It is remembered year round by folks who have told us they often wonder what's happening when they aren't here.
-The Guild is a healing place. People are transformed by the gentle nature and nurturing spirit that is present.
-The Guild is an inspiring place. The creative rhythm is contagious and souls find expression through art.
-The Guild is all in. The board, faculty, staff, volunteers, and guests truly believe and embody the mission.
It seems that with reflections like those our classes should be overflowing. The reality, though, was that summer attendance was a little light. We need to find ways to continue to be about the work of welcoming and inspiring all who seek to explore the relationships between art, faith, and community. Yes, that's our mission and our call.
If you've liked our Facebook page, you've likely noticed that we are now sharing a little something about the Guild every day. We're continuing the traditions of Tuesday's Remembering Richard and Thursday's Labyrinth with Liz. Our Wednesday post features a "What's Up?" with a Guild artist's current work. Photos, videos, and news keep you up-to-date on what is going on while you're not physically here. So, if you haven't yet liked our Facebook page, you can do it right now: https://www.facebook.com/grunewaldguild/.
If you're on Instagram and would like occasional glimpses of grace from the Guild, follow grunewald_graces at https://www.instagram.com/grunewald_graces/. Perhaps a timely little image from our grounds will help reframe a moment in your day.
Don't be shy about sharing your love of the Grünewald Guild. Write us a review on our Facebook page, share one of our posts, create your own post with a photo about your work or experience and tag the Guild. Be creative! We could use some Guild buzz.
Please do click on this link to our Summer Program 2016 video. It's our way of saying thanks for a great summer!
In addition to buzz, we just downright need bucks. Our annual Fall Fundraiser Brunch is Saturday, Nov. 12, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. For more information and/or to register: http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upcoming/fall-fundraiser-brunch. If you're unable to attend and want to donate, we encourage you to do so here: http://www.grunewaldguild.com/content/support-guild.
What are our Fall offerings?
Eat, Pray, Laugh - a women's retreat with Sally Freed, Oct. 21-23
Fall Arts Week - three great classes, Oct 24-30 (same rhythm as a summer program week):
1. Enameling: Transformation by Fire with Guild Master Jean Tudor
2. Ceramic Beads & Wire Wrap Jewelry with Anne Mullenniex
3. For the Birds: A Beginning Clay Class with Gail Kelly
Bread and Beer Making with Scottie, Nov. 5
Soap Making with Sarah Jane, Nov. 5 & 6
Advent Family Retreat - Dec. 2-4
Prime the Pump: Musicianship & Creativity, Jan. 5-8, 2017
Guild Founder Richard Caemmerer's passing in February 2016 made this a special summer, the first one without him. Thanks to the Guild Masters and other faculty who helped us remember Richard, his passion and vision for this beloved, healing and inspiring place.
Blessings, indeed, from the Grünewald Guild,
Vonda & Jim