ARTIST GROUPS & STUDIOS
The Metalworkers work with a range of metals from gold to brass in a variety of metalworking techniques. Artists craft fine jewelry and decorative pieces in a well-equipped studio that includes benches, tools, soldering booths, flex shafts, kilns, polishing equipment and more. Classes in jewelry making, enameling, and metal clay are offered year-round. Workshops and guided open studios with expert instructors are also offered. Group members have scheduled access to the studio when classes and workshops are not in session and the room is not being used by other groups. Our studio manager maintains the equipment and supplies and provides technical support to users.
Painters were among the founding members of LexArt in 1935 and continue actively today. Group members range from professional and semi-professional artists to beginners all of whom enjoy working and learning together. Artists work in all media including oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel. The Plummer Studio provides a well-equipped space for hosting a variety of classes taught by professional and nationally known instructors. Classes are offered in all media, for beginners through advanced painters. Free demonstrations by visiting professional artists are scheduled throughout the year and are open to the public. Group members have access to the studio when classes and workshops are not in session and the room is not being used by other groups.
The Photographers Group welcomes all photographers. Members practice many types of photography—landscape, close-up, travel, local interest, abstract, nature, and fine art. While some of us explore the latest digital techniques, others carry forward the rich tradition of film. Meetings include critiques of members' new work and discussions on photographic techniques, composition, selling and presenting one’s work, and other subjects of interest.
Hand crafters of all skill levels are welcome to join the Needle Arts Group. Everyone is welcome who creates something with any kind of a needle. Member interests are wide ranging, including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, knitting, felting, crocheting, mixed-media, rug hooking and braiding. Members meet regularly to work on projects and share ideas, challenges, techniques and inspiration. The group occasionally goes on field trips to local museums and special exhibits or shopping expeditions for crafting supplies. Donations of yarn, fabric, and other needle art items are accepted throughout the year to prepare for the popular open-to-the-public fiber swap & giveaway proudly hosted by the group each spring.
POLYMER CLAY & BEADING
The Polymer Clay & Beading Group artists are focused on innovative and high-quality advanced polymer techniques and sophisticated beadwork. The group’s mission is to promote polymer and beadwork to the public and support the artistic growth of members in a supportive environment of like-minded artists via the exchange of knowledge and expertise. At meetings, members analyze and critique each others’ work, demonstrate new products and materials, and brainstorm solutions. While many choose to work from home, we also enjoy access to benches, tools, and ovens in the shared Metalworking/Polymer shop at LexArt, where we meet monthly.
Since our founding in 1935, LexArt members have self-organized into groups that share a passion for a given artistic or craft medium. For many individuals, the joy of working and learning together with others has been the most cherished part of the LexArt experience. For LexArt as an organization, fostering an active ecosystem of groups operating under LexArt’s auspices is one of the primary means by which we accomplish our mission: “To spark joy, enrich lives, and build community through the practice, teaching, and sharing of art and craft.”
Throughout our history, such groups have come and gone as interests have waxed and waned. Our current list of groups is shown below. If you’re interested in forming a new group, please contact us.
CERAMICS DECORATIVE ARTS METALWORKERS NEEDLE ARTS PAINTERS
POLYMER CLAY & BEADING PHOTOGRAPHERS WEAVING & FIBER ARTS WOODWORKERS
WEAVING & FIBER ARTS GUILD
The Weaving and Fiber Arts Group is a community of fiber artists at all levels of skill and knowledge. Through classes, workshops, and informal discussions our mission is to share our expertise and ideas in weaving, spinning, dyeing, basket weaving and related arts with the broader community as well as with each other. Equipped with a wide assortment of weaving looms and fiber as well as an extensive library, the group studio is a place where we work together as educators, designers and artisans. Our studio manager maintains the equipment and supplies and provides technical support to users. Learn more ...
The Woodworkers foster the art and craft of woodworking to build a community of people who love wood and woodworking. Through mentoring and shared projects, members challenge each other to meet ever-higher standards. Members come together in the guild’s well-equipped shop to encourage and learn from each other, and design and build woodwork that is functional, beautiful, and expressive. Our studio manager maintains the equipment and supplies and provides technical support to users. Group members have scheduled access to the studio when classes and workshops are not in session and the room is not being used by other groups.