WHEAT WEAVING- A Staff of Life wheat weaving is shown here. (Courtesy photo.)
The National Association of Wheat Weavers will hold its 26th annual convention April 3 to 7 in Bloomington, Minn., to promote and create interest in the art of wheat weaving and straw craft. Classes and workshops will take place for all skill levels, as well as an expo open to the public showcasing a large range of woven straw artwork, products and designs. Those interested in wheat weaving, along with current members of individual states' association of wheat weavers, are encouraged to attend the convention.
Registration information may be found at www.nawwstraw.org. The NAWW convention will take place at Bloomington's Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites near the Minneapolis International Airport (3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425).
The theme is Northern Reflections: Weaving By the Lakes. Classes and workshops will be offered for registered attendees from beginner to advanced wheat weaving skill levels. For the general public, a beginner wheat weaving class will take place April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the convention site. The class will be taught by Beth Robbins Keller, a renowned straw artist and teacher from Lake City, Minn. A Straw Expo, also open to the public, will take place April 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The booths will include tables for NAWW members wishing to display and sell their wheat weaving and straw plaiting. Related products also may be displayed and sold by vendors who register for the Straw Expo.
The National Association of Wheat Weavers was established in 1987 to create and promote interest in the art of wheat weaving and other forms of straw art. The non-profit organization currently has members in 32 states and five countries. For more information and for artwork images, visit www.nawwstraw.org.
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