We are all members of LexArt first. Some of us are also Guild members.
Guild members are the hard-working heart of the Society.
Who are we?
We are professional and expert artists and makers with years of experience. We are talented amateurs looking to learn and grow. We are beginners with talent and drive.
What do we do?
We encourage our fellow artists and challenge ourselves. We explore new media, techniques, tools, and materials. We mentor other members, share our expertise, and teach classes and workshops to the public. We greet visitors and tell them about LexArt’s mission and programs. We plan, set up, and staff LexArt shows and sales. We create beautiful and well-crafted items of adornment and practical use for display and sale. We volunteer to perform the routine tasks that keep the Society running smoothly, and maintain and improve our facilities, studios, and grounds.
Each guild is different. Guild members all value shared knowledge and expertise, community spirit, and continual improvement.
Sounds interesting? Check out each guild to see more about our work and activities.
The Ceramics Guild is a group of experienced potters who work and learn from each other. The guild has a fully-equipped studio including six kilns—three electric kilns, a test kiln, an outdoor raku kiln, and a 28 cu ft gas kiln. Members fire in reduction and oxidation up to cone 10. The guild offers classes and workshops for adults and teens year-round and hosts the bi-annual State of Clay show, a respected juried exhibition of state-wide ceramic artists.
DECORATIVE ARTS GUILD
The work of the Decorative Arts Guild is both ornamental and functional. Members work with wood, glass, metal, ceramic, textile, reed and cane, and experiment with a variety of techniques including decorative painting, basket making, silk flower arranging, stained glass art, upholstery, and more. Members are beginners to expert-level artists who network, learn, teach, take classes, socialize and create together, exploring each member’s individual areas of interest and expertise.
The Metalworkers Guild is a group of experienced artists who 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. Guild members maintain the studio, which also provides meeting space for two other guilds. Classes in jewelry making, enameling, and metal clay are offered year-round. Workshops and guided open studios with expert instructors are also offered. Members have scheduled access to the studio when classes and workshops are not in session and the room is not being used by other guilds.
NEEDLE ARTS GUILD
Hand crafters of all skill levels are welcome to join the Needle Arts Guild, whose motto is “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 in the Needle Arts room, which contains basic craft supplies and work tables. Meetings take place weekly on Tuesdays 10 am-noon and on 2nd & 4th Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The guild welcomes anyone interested to come to meetings to learn more. The guild 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 guild each spring.
The Painters Guild is one of the original Guilds formed when the Society was founded in 1935. 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. Weekly studio painting, portrait and figure drawing events are open to Society and Guild members. Free demonstrations by visiting professional artists are scheduled throughout the year and are open to the public.
The Photographers Guild welcomes all photographers. Members practice many types of photography—landscape, close-up, travel, local interest, abstract, nature, and fine art. Meetings include critiques of members' new work and discussions on photographic techniques, composition, selling and presenting one’s work, and other subjects of interest. The Photographers Guild offers classes that are open to the public.
POLYMER & BEADING GUILD
The Polymer & Beading Guild artists are focused on innovative and high-quality advanced polymer techniques and sophisticated beadwork. The guild’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 member work, demonstrate new products and materials, and brainstorm solutions. The guild regularly offers classes and hosts workshops featuring nationally and internationally known instructors.
The Weavers Guild welcomes weavers at all skill levels to their community, including new and beginning weavers. Member experience is diverse—from just learning to highly accomplished. The guild has a well-equipped studio with looms, materials, and resources. Members get together regularly to share knowledge, designs and projects, and learn new techniques and new ways of improving their skills.
The Woodworkers Guild fosters 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.