PTA Board 2016

Mission Statement

Pacific Textile Arts is a 501(C)(3) educational non-profit existing to support, share, and celebrate the fiber arts.

Located at 450 Alger St. Fort Bragg, CA 95437 - the east end of Laurel St., turn left, first house. phone: 707-409-6811

Houses classrooms, a library, gallery, demonstration studios, and sales room.

Donations Accepted


Wednesdays 10:30-NOON Thursdays 1:30-3:30 Saturdays 11:00-1:00

For additional hours call the PTArts phone number - outgoing message has information on contacting board members: Jackie, Nancy or Lolli

Current Board Members

President: Elaine Todd
Vice President: Jackie Wollenberg
Secretary: Karen Inwood
Treasurer: Nancy Denison
Sue Arnold
Ann Brezina
Mickie McCormic
Jennie Henderson
Lolli Jacobsen
Nancy Trissel
At Large: Pavlos Mayakis


Education Director: Lolli Jacobsen
Collections Curator: Lolli Jacobsen
Registrar: Nancy Denison
Librarian: Roberta Brockschmidt
Programs Director: Lolli Jacobsen
Office Mgr/Bookkeeper: Nancy Denison
Facilities Development: Jackie Wollenberg
Publicity: Mickie McCormic, Laine Escola
WebMaster:  NormaLee Andres
Facebook: Karen Inwood; Jennie Henderson


Fiscal Year 2018-2019:
Makiko Tada, Jackie Wollenberg, Adriane Nicolaisen, Mickie McCormic, Alissa Allen, Lisa Grey, Jo Britton

Fiscal Year 2019-2020:
Nancy Kennedy, Sue Luna, Deborah Corsini, Janice Sullivan, Jackie Wollenberg, Ann Brezina

Other PTArts Volunteeers

Programs/Gallery: Eleanor Adams
Gallery: Adriane Nicolaisen
Gardens: Laine Escola, Diana Corbin
Spinning Group Leader: Ann Brezina
Constant Contact Admin: Karen Inwood
Scrapbook: Diana Corbin

Rescheduled due to power outage ….Nov 4/5 M/T: Crocheting the Coast

Introductory lesson in crocheting flora and fauna with Trisha Lavoie
November 4/5th

Introductory talk Monday, Nov 4th, 7pm at PTA classroom
All welcome at no charge.  Donations gratefully accepted.

Talk: Artist Trisha Lavoie will discuss her fiber art practice of recreating natural objects using crochet. In particular this talk will focus on her work recreating local flora and fauna as was shown last year at the Larry Spring Museum with examples from the exhibit.

3 hour Tuesday afternoon Workshop: Tuesday November 5th,  2019 (1:30 to 4:30pm)
Tuition: $60 (includes materials) 
To enroll send $50 non-refundable deposit with contact information and class request to:  Pacific Textile Arts  450 Alger St.  Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Or use our online registration form and optionally pay deposit with paypal donate button (remember to add your name and class registration info in the optional information field).

An introduction to the basic stitches and techniques of crochet will be given with instructions on how these basic techniques can be used to recreate objects from the coast such as kelp and seashells. Participants should be able to finish a small work during this workshop which can contribute to an ongoing project to cover the Pacific Textile Arts’ fence. No prior experience with crochet is necessary. Participants are also encouraged to bring examples of their favourite “sea debris” that may be found along the coast.

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Trisha Lavoie
is a Canadian fiber artist focused on using crochet soft sculpture to create art installations. Her work plays with non-traditional uses of crafts, issues of conspicuous consumption, comfort and environmental concerns. Fort Bragg’s current climate concerns with the diminishing kelp forests are of particular interest to her. Her work has been shown in Hamilton, Toronto and St Catherines in Southern Ontario, Vancouver, BC, and at the Larry Spring Museum Of Common Sense Physics in Fort Bragg.


Due to the likelihood of PGE power shutoff in Fort Bragg tomorrow … “popcorn and a movie” has been cancelled by Elaine Todd.

Travels to Guatemala opportunity …

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Oct Fiber Fair a success !

Thanks to all who worked the faire as well as those who came to find treasures.

Quilt Square Installed

First Friday: Sept 6, 2019

Come visit the Gallery 5-8pm
Deborah Corsini Wedge Weaves, plus local weavers work.

Interested in the guanaco?

Argentina’s Textile Crusader     or perhaps one about sheep?  The Hidden Powers of a Sheep.

Jean Near: 12/31/1914 – 7/14/2019

Jean was born in Ukiah and spent most of her life in Mendocino County. After graduating from Potter Valley High School she  attended UC Berkeley where she earned a degree in English.

Jean married John Ham, a Covelo native. She has two sons, John Thomas Ham, Jr. and William Charles Ham. 

She started her teaching career in Covelo,  then went on to teach in Mendocino, Potter Valley,  Philo and finally at Ukiah High School.  She ended her tenure as the Dean of Girls there.

She married Lowell Near in 1953 and they moved to Redwood Valley,  where Jean achieved renown for the spinning wool  from for her flock of colored sheep.

Jean continued to do Tai Chi, win ribbons for her fleeces, publish her poetry, and participate in a book group until the end of her life. Jean attributed her long life to  “always having a reason to live, even
if it’s just a couple of cats you have to feed.”

Jean’s sons, sister Jewell, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews miss her dearly.

A celebration of her life is planned for her 105th birthday, December 31, 2019 at the Grange Hall in Redwood Valley.

Check out the photos from 2019 Mushroom Dye Workshop

Click this LINK to see all the photos !

First Friday – August 2, 2019

5-8pm Opening Reception:  MAGIC STRANDS – Sue Luna items in Elaine Todd’s collection.

Exquisitely woven scarves, throws, shawls and more in lustrous chenille, ultra-soft alpaca and quality cotton fibers from the Magic Strands studio of Sue Luna.

Sue will not be available for gallery opening or class due to medical issues.