Thank You, Arts (and Crafts) Lovers!

The Fall Arts and Crafts Sale was a beautiful success

If the Women’s Center could smile, it would be smiling . . . because even though today is a cold and snowy day in Louisville, the warm glow of this year’s delightful Fall Arts and Crafts Sale is still with us.

First, an enormous THANK YOU to the many friends of the Women’s Center who came out on Thursday evening to set up the sale — Brian, Blair, Christy, James, and Daniel, — and the many more friends who came out on Friday afternoon to tear down/pack up the sale — Beth, Billy, Carl, Daniel, Erin, Jeremy, Sarah, and Sherry. So, THANK YOU. A particularly warm THANK YOU to Daniel Tipton and More Light LPTS for promoting the event, mobilizing volunteers, and generally adding a uniquely festive tone to the event — quite a feat, since the Arts and Crafts Sale already has a pretty festive persona. Kudos to our Faculty and Financial Liaison Rev. Dr. Johanna Bos, Knitter and Model Extraordinaire, for demonstrating the appeal of the merchandise in an especially erudite and convincing fashion. Thanks, also, to all our donors, without whom there truly would have been no sale. A special word to donor Dana Butler and her Dana Buttons, who arranged to customize merchandise on the spot — a unique contribution to this year’s sale!

The sale has so far netted right around $1,000 for the Women’s Center Fund — for which we thank our patrons!!

And Now — Extended Shopping Hours!
This year, folks who missed the sale in Winn Center on Friday, December 11, will still have a chance to browse and buy at our special extended sale hours in the Women’s Center this week:

  • Today, Monday, December 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Need more? Contact us at

Once again, thank you, everyone involved in making this year’s Women’s Center Fall Arts and Crafts Sale a delightful success!


Fall Arts And Crafts Sale

Fall Arts & Crafts Sale coming Dec. 10

Yes, the Women’s Center’s Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Sale is just around the corner!

There is still time to bring your hand-crafted or otherwise unique items for sale to the Women’s Center; we will be having extended hours this week to accommodate our beloved donors! (More details are in the sidebar.)

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Winn Center Lounge Friday, December 10, starting at 9:00 a.m.

All proceeds from the sale benefit the Women’s Center’s ongoing programs.

The Women’s Center can use lots of help in setting up for the sale on Thursday, Dec. 9, and in cleaning up from the sale on Friday afternoon, Dec. 10. To make that offer more enticing, we will be having a warm and delicious post-sale event back in the Women’s Center for helpers, once the [no doubt FEW] unsold items are brought back to the Center after 2:30 p.m. on Friday. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Arts and Crafts Sale Tomorrow

The Women’s Center’s Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Sale unveils its 2009 wonders tomorrow, December 11, in the lobby of Winn Center.

A wide variety of unique hand-crafted items and works of art will be on display and for sale, just in time for holiday shopping.

All proceeds benefit the Women’s Center and its programs.

Fall Arts & Crafts Sale Coming Soon

The Friday after Thanksgiving has gained the moniker “Black Friday,” at least in the United States, because retailers look forward to brisk sales in the weeks before Christmas putting their accounts “in the black.”

The Women’s Center has its retail sights set a bit later: on Friday, December 5, which is the date for the annual

Fall Arts & Crafts Sale

9:00 a.m.

Winn Center Lounge

We are still actively seeking donations of hand-crafted items for the sale. Crafters still have plenty of time (over the long weekend, perhaps!) to complete projects and bring them to the Women’s Center, 100 White Hall, T-F 12:30-2 or by appointment. We are encouraging folks with items to donate to bring them to the Center by Thursday, December 4 at the latest, to give us time to price items before the sale.

This year, folks who browse the art and artisanal works by members of the Seminary community and others at the sale will also have an opportunity to see the film:

Until the Violence Stops
3:00-4:40 p.m.
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Until the Violence Stops explains the reasons behind the V-Day movement that has impelled colleges and communities across the nation and the globe to stage their own productions of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues as part of the effort to end violence against women and girls. LPTS will join the cause with its own production in February, 2009.

The sale will conclude with an

Informal Reception
7:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Winn Center Lounge

featuring light refreshments and libations, as an encouragement to last-minute shoppers.

All proceeds from the Fall Arts & Crafts Sale go to support the Women’s Center and its programs

We hope to see you there!

Arts and Crafts Show and Sale Celebrates Women’s Heritage

Fall Arts & Crafts Show & Sale coming Dec. 5

Fall Arts & Crafts Show & Sale coming Dec. 5

One leg of the Women’s Center’s tri-partite mission* is the celebration of the gifts and achievements of women in the church and the world. That celebration sometimes seems particularly necessary, because in many cultures, including ours, conventional estimations undervalue or trivialize achievements that are tagged as being specific to women.

A recurrent example is the fate of crafts. Art historians are wont to draw the line between arts and crafts at the boundary of usefulness: art begins where meeting some determinate need ends. That means that even carefully and imaginatively designed items, lovely things, that are useful, that people might want because they fulfill some need, cannot be art by virtue of that fact alone.

[Readers who doubt me can check out Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment for themselves. Kant’s influential exclusion of use-value from the definition of art still haunts the art world, even after decades of pop and po-mo.]

Most women, for most of the time since Kant, have been occupied with the production of necessary and useful items — crafts. Only recently has such craft-work begun to be considered, even potentially, as also artistic work.

This history is part of the reason the Women’s Center continues to celebrate crafts, both their practice — by providing space for ongoing craft activities — and their product — as, once again, will happen with the Fall Arts & Crafts Show & Sale, Friday, December 5, Winn Center.

All crafters (whatever their gender) are invited to contribute items for show and sale at that event. Proceeds from the sale go to support the Women’s Center and its programs.

*That’s Educate! Advocate! Celebrate!