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.
Art 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: We will not be meeting; however, we may offer a program open to any interested.
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: Antiques II will keep in touch with monthly emails and newsletters, October through May. Topics include: “Paris, 1961: Baccarat Crystal and the Trip of a Lifetime,” “Aprons! A Brief History and Examples from 1920-1950’s,” “Jade,” “Ivory,” and more. $10 dues will be used for mailings and future meetings and can be sent to Laura Craig.
Leaders: Laura Craig and Bruni Culver
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 $12. Lunch at 11:30 a.m. is optional. New members are always welcome.
Update: We are meeting via Zoom until further notice. Our first Zoom meeting this year is Thursday, October 1, 1:00-2:30 p.m, and we will discuss art and socialize. There will be no November meeting; instead Janice will email members for their suggestions for art museums to “see” at home and will send back a collected list. The December 3rd Zoom meeting will include a presentation, “An Interested Look at Australian Aboriginal Art.” Section dues are suspended this year.
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 using tabletops as workspaces; no large projects or easels. Our members are currently working 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. We meet all year on the 3rd Friday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cookies and their crumbs are welcome.
Update: On hiatus
Leader: Amy Barnett
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 Marcy Gray
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 all enjoy our face-to-face (mask-to-mask) meetings, and most of us agree that being on Zoom for two hours is too much. Therefore, we will continue to meet outdoors as long as we can, including when it starts to be jacket weather, meeting long enough to say hello and share projects. When outdoors becomes too difficult we will have short Zoom meetings, also just long enough to say hello and share projects.
Leaders: Robin Richstone and Ann Sprunger