FWC welcomes members to participate in a variety of interest groups. If you want more information about an interest group, please email the FWC Sections Administrator at FWC.InterestSections@umich.edu and your name will be forwarded to the section leader(s) listed below. Contact information for section leaders also is available in the FWC directory.
Coordinator: Veronica Hadjiyski
Our diverse programs offer appreciation of antiques, collection and preservation. Some members are knowledgeable and others just interested in learning about antiques. Programs are given by members and outside speakers and can include a field trip or two. We usually meet in members’ homes on the 4th Wednesday (occasionally 3rd), 1:00–3:00 p.m., September to May. There are no meetings December, January, and February.
Update: Antiques I and II have been sharing programs by newsletter instead of meeting in person. We will continue in this way for the near future with possibly an occasional in person meeting.
Leaders: Sarah Nooden and Carol Wineman
In keeping with our group’s keen interest in antiques of all kinds, our programs are many and varied. We invite experts from various fields, museum curators (allowing us access to seldom-seen storage collections), collectors (some are our members), researchers, artists and merchants. Our interesting experts deliver enjoyable and enriching events. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. October through May. Our May meeting is planning time. Member input is very welcome and continually makes for very good programs.
Update: We hope to meet in person in 2022-23 but will plan for newsletters if needed.
Leader: Laura Craig
Each month a member presents a program based on that year’s theme. This year’s theme is “Presenter’s Choice.” We meet on the 1st Thursday of each month, October – May, except January, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor City Club. Dues are $14. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. is optional. If the Ann Arbor City Club is not open, meetings will be on Zoom 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. New members are always welcome.
Leader: Elaine Fisher
Arts and Crafts
Members bring their own materials to work on their art or craft project. Projects are only limited by space because we meet in members’ homes (when possible outside); therefore no large projects or easels, please. Our members work on sketching, small-scale painting, creating holiday cards and wrapping paper, knitting, crocheting, origami, jewelry creation, needlepoint, and coloring books. We have lively conversation and share knowledge about art supplies and methods. When safe to meet again, we will go back to our schedule of the 3rd Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cookies and their crumbs will be welcome.
Leader: Amy Barnett
Members of the Arts and Crafts Section decided to commemorate the FWC Centennial with their own MADE of 100 projects. Follow this link to see all contributed images and detailed descriptions by their creators.
Our group is comprised of both knitters and crocheters. We meet informally in members’ homes or in library meeting rooms from September through June on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. We sometimes meet on Zoom. All skill levels are represented in our group. Those interested in learning to knit are welcome as well. Our main focus is on individual projects while sharing skills and techniques. A field trip to a local yarn store is usually made during the year.
Leaders: Ann Antonuk and Marla Goldstein
Members perform solo and ensemble music. All instruments, including voice, are welcome. New members at all levels of achievement are warmly supported; it is a perfect setting to go back to an instrument you have not practiced for some time. We meet in members’ homes on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Update: We will be meeting only on Zoom until further notice.
Leaders: Terry Meerkov and Lynne Waggoner
The painting section was started in 1929 and comprises both novice painters and those who have won many awards for their work. We meet 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. most Thursdays in members’ homes and have lunch together. Everyone works on their individual projects and members evaluate, discuss and make suggestions on each other’s work. Dues $25.
Update: We will meet on Zoom and in person (distant), if weather permits. Dues for this section will not be collected this year.
Leaders: Medha Kulkarni and Robbi Duda
“Fall 2021” Exhibition
Artists from FWC’s Painting Section presented their recent work at the Michigan League on the U-M campus. Click here to view some of the paintings in this exhibit. (“Tricolored Blue Heron” by Carole Miller)
“Spring 2021” Exhibition
Artists from the FWC Painting Section are represented in this online exhibition. Click here to view paintings by sixteen artists. (“Kaleidoscope Carousel” by Marlene Cooper)
We meet every week except for occasional holidays, on Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon at members’ homes. Members mostly work on their own projects but we also do block exchanges, fabric exchanges and joint projects, including making quilts for Safe House. Dues $10.
Update: We are currently meeting indoors, in-person, masks optional.
Leaders: Robin Richstone and Ann Sprunger
The Quilting Section is commemorating the FWC Centennial with a quilt exhibit in March 2022 at the Duderstadt Gallery on the U-M North Campus. This quilt was made by section members for Safe House in Ann Arbor. Exhibit details are here.
Tuesday Play Reading
This group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, October to May, from 12:30 – 2:30p.m. Each time we read a one-act play. One member selects a play and assigns the parts. The director gives a brief summary of the playwright, sets the scene for the play and reads insider directions during the reading. Sometimes we bring a prop or wear costumes, but none are required. Join us as we share our love of plays by reading together and discussing the plays. Our group meets indoors and outdoors at suitable locations which depend on pandemic and weather conditions.
Leader: Frances Flory