Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rug Show Training November 3rd

by John Aldrich

As part of the preparations for the rug show, we hold a training event at the warehouse on the Sunday evening prior to the show. The purpose is twofold. It's an opportunity for volunteers to learn the basics about Navajo textiles as well as a chance for a first glimpse of new rugs that will be on display at the show. Volunteers who will be working the floors at the show should feel much more comfortable discussing rugs with show patrons after this orientation.

This training is conducted by John Burrow who makes a special trip from his home in Oregon for the occasion.

John is uniquely qualified to lead this event - he is very knowledgeable about Navajo rugs having been a collector for years, and he is very passionate about ANE.

It's always exciting to see some of the new rugs that Linda has acquired during the fall food runs. There are typically a number of very unique designs, and having foreknowledge about them gives a rug show volunteer an extra edge in helping prospective rug purchasers find just the right weaving.

An additional benefit of this training event is the chance to meet and visit with other volunteers, and to heighten the social aspects of the occasion there will be a potluck meal as well.

So, whether you are a seasoned volunteer or someone experiencing their first show, please plan to attend.

The event will be held at the warehouse on Sunday November 3rd at 5:30 p.m. And don't forget to bring something to share at the food table.

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