November 4, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Colleen Nicholson
Alpine Artisans is hosting a membership tea and quilt show at the Emily A Bed and Breakfast on Wednesday, November 10th from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
The 'great room' and bedrooms will be decorated with Patti Bartlett Dunlap's one person showing of her quilts and wall hangings. Those attending will have an opportunity to renew their membership in Alpine Artisans or join for the first time, as they view the quilts and enjoy refreshments.
Patti comes from a long family tradition of quilters, and began sewing as a young child. Her grandmother still quilts at age 90, and both of Patti's children have grown up knowing how to sew. Much of Patti's time is spent finishing other people's quilts on her large commercial machine.
She teaches a variety of classes at Deer Country Quilts - from childrens' fleece projects, to Christmas tree skirts and traditional quilt patterns. She will bring several bed-size quilts and seasonal wall hangings to her showing at the Emily A.
The Alpine Artisans organization was founded almost ten years ago by a group of artisans in the Seeley-Swan valley who wanted to encourage an interest in the arts and provide a means for artisans to sell their work.
The two major annual events Alpine Artisans sponsors are the February Wine and Chocolate auction at the Emily A, and the Loon and Fish Festival on Memorial Day weekend in the Community Center. In 1998, over $5000 worth of commissions went to member artisans who sold their items at these two functions.
A $500.00 scholarship is awarded each year to a Seeley-Swan High School senior intending on pursuing art in college. Amanda Hoffman was last year's recipient, and is currently attending the University of North Dakota.
Membership in Alpine Artisans is open to everyone interested in the arts, be they professionals, amateurs, or supporters of the arts. Annual dues are $15 (Individual, $25 (Family), and $40(Business). Members receive a quarterly newsletter which announces workshops and special events, and a Holiday Brunch on December 5th at the Double Arrow Lodge will be free to those who have paid their dues for 2000.
If you are unable to come to the quilt show, you may mail your membership dues to: Alpine Artisans Box 841 Seeley Lake, Mt. 59868.