Preserving and recognizing the contributions of women to their families and communities in northwest lower Michigan

 Annual Meeting – October 15, 2016 RECAPloveless_slide_color_web

Landscape Quilt Artist Ann Loveless spoke to a rapt crowd on Saturday, October 15th, at the Women’s History Project of Northwest Michigan’s Annual meeting. Loveless discussed the beginnings of her art, her ongoing inspirations, and what it meant to collaborate with her husband, photographer Steve Loveless, on the 2015 ArtPrize winning entry.   Attendees were most interested to hear about her lifelong love of fabric and the women neighbors who fostered that love, as she had no immediate family with a similar passion for sewing. Loveless also brought four of her quilts with her, so attendees could see up close the variations in techniques used in her art.

In addition to the speaker, President Amy Barritt gave a brief update on the organization in the past year. The organization now boasts over 70 interviews completed and ready for researchers! She also spoke on successful programs the Board undertook this year, including Souper Sunday, our annual day to recognize women’s achievements, and two outreach events at Friday Night Live and presenting to the Old Mission Women’s Club during the 2016 calendar year. Finally, a vote was taken to retain the current Board of Directors: Amy Barritt (President), Nancy Bordine (Vice-President), Etta Rajkovich (Treasurer), Karen Anderson, Kathi Houston, Mary Morgan, and Jane Purkis.

Concerning the Book Discussion Group, Co-Chair Ann Swaney spoke on the success of that endeavor, and reminded attendees that the next meeting is Friday, October 28th, at Noon in the Thirlby Room at Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere. Choose one (or both) of the following to read: All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister and Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick.

Expect a more thorough write-up in our next newsletter!