The Arts Commission manages and supports other projects in Newtown.
In early 2013, a weaving workshop began at Newtown Cultural Arts Commission’s original HealingNewtown Arts Space.
The weaving program was the brainchild of longtime weaver Hanna Roehrs of Sandy Hook. Her idea was to teach students a creative activity that takes a good amount of calm focus, leaving other thoughts behind, in a mutually supportive environment. After word got out, donations of looms, tools and yarn arrived from all over the north eastern quadrant of the U.S.A. from weaving guilds and individuals who wanted to help.
Since then, the Weaving Newtown studio, now located at Newtown Congregational Church (14 West Street), has grown quite a bit, with five floor looms, even more table looms, all necessary tools, yarns, and a comprehensive reference library of books, magazines, and DVDs, to inspire all sorts of projects.
No Experience Necessary – Start Any Time – All Levels of Experience Welcome
Anyone can learn to weave when they are ready. We have taught beginners as young as 9 years old, and just a few months later, she is already a confident weaver. You don’t need to be an artist, or have any experience with crafts in order to weave. Weaving is a process of steps, and no one step is difficult.
Enrollment is ongoing, and we give individual instruction to each weaver, wherever they are in their weaving journey. Drop in for a complementary visit, and see if weaving is something you’d like to try.
Beginning weavers will be guided through each step in the process. We provide the loom, yarn, tools, and instruction. Four weeks are only $60, and for those who decide to continue, we offer 12 consecutive weeks for $150.
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Doors of Fairfield Hills
Eight doors on four duplexes not in use at Fairfield Hills, have been covered with vibrant colors and designs. The duplexes are on Washington Square, off Keating Farms Road.
The artists who created the doors are Paula Brinkman, who organized the project, Julia Sikes-Provey, Dave Brooker and Kristine Humber.
The project was underwritten by a grant from The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.