Programs and Workshops

March 13, 2024 | “Stories of Joseph Avenue” with Ruth Manning and "Just the Ticket" 

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church in person and on zoom

Ruth Manning

Upon returning to Rochester after 20 years, Ruth continued her drawing practice in the City of Rochester by exploring the changes she saw around her. She began to focus on the Joseph Avenue neighborhood and what started as casual visits on her bike, grew into a larger project that continues today. Sketches from the past two years became ideas for tapestries and both tapestries and watercolor sketches were shown at Gallery 408 in the Anderson Arts Building of Rochester, in the fall of 2023.

In this lecture Ruth will share the story of how this idea began, show artworks and their process, and describe project development for the future.



Ruth Manning is an artist who lives in Rochester, New York. Her studio is the space that surrounds her, wherever she may be. She observes life and translates these experiences into visual art by drawing, painting, and weaving.



Plus- Our annual Guild fund raiser

“Just -the-Ticket” auction-

Be saving your Textile Treasures (books, yarns, tools...) to bring, to the meeting. Place on a table, put little cup next to small groupings of items and then purchase your tickets, for the big draw, following our Lecture! Tons of fun and a good fundraiser, for Programs!


April 10, 2024 | “A Sense of Place” with Kennita Tully

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church meeting in person and zoom lecture

Kennita Tully

Inspiration in art can come from many places. For Kennita, it is the environment in which she has lived in for over 30 years: the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. Join Kennita as she takes you on her morning walks through prairie grass and wildflowers and the various design processes that unfold as a result.



Kennita is a tapestry artist, author, and teacher living in Pottawatomie County, KS. She recently returned to tapestry in late 2017 after a 30 year career as a knitwear designer. Intrigued by the interconnections of life, she attempts to discover the world around her and return those discoveries to the world through tapestries. Kennita has a BFA in textiles and photography from Murray State University in Murray, KY and an MA from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she teaches workshops nationally and internationally on a regular basis as well as online classes through her website. She recently began to exhibit her tapestries in the fall of 2019. Kennita is a current board member of American Tapestry Alliance, and also a member of Surface Design Association, Handweavers Guild of America, British Tapestry Group, Tapestry Weavers West, and Fiber Art Network.

April 10-12, 2024 | “Fun with Color Blending” with Kennita Tully

Guild Workshop

Wednesday 1-4pm, Thursday & Friday 9-4pm, First Baptist Church Workshop in person

A 15-hour class exploring ways to work with color blending in tapestry. Learn the various methods of blending colors through hatching, hachures, pick and pick, and weft bundling.
Experience Level: Students need to have a basic knowledge of tapestry techniques.
Necessary materials: Students should bring warped loom at 8epi and approximately 5 or 6 inches wide; any tapestry related tools normally used (hand beater, scissors; needles, awl, or bobbins if used). Sketchbook or Notebook for notes and ideas/thoughts/questions.
Kits will be available, but welcome to bring any additional weft yarn appropriate for 8 epi.

Cost: $120. Optional Supply Fee kits: $30

Student Maximum: 20 students

Registration Form for members


May 8, 2024 | “Paper Garments” with Susan Blumendale

Guild Monthly Meeting

9:30am, First Baptist Church In-person and on Zoom Meeting and Lecture


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Sue has been a professional artist and educator in the Rochester area since 1984 after receiving her MFA from RIT and a BS in Art Education from Nazareth College in 1967.  She attended Haystack Mt. School of Art in 1981where she discovered “papermaking”. For many years she has focused her work on three dimensional paper art, mainly paper “garments”- paper clothing inspired by personal ancestry (Ancestral Personas), “shirts” of a playful nature and “pants” that reflect, in hindsight, some of her personal attributes.


Sue was an art educator in Massachusetts and an Art Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, Suny Brockport and Suny Geneseo. She has participated in many local, regional and national art exhibitions with awards from the Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Intermont College in Virginia and Adams Memorial Gallery. She has work in numerous public and private collections including Eastman Kodak Co., RIT and the Richard Brush Collection. Sue had a solo exhibition of her work at Axom gallery in 2014 and participated in a group show “Tangible Objects” at the  Main St. Arts Center in Clifton Springs in 2022.

Coming Up: 2023-2024 Programs


June 12, 2024 – Picnic and Annual Meeting, First Baptist Church, Rochester, NY