The non-profit status and some equipment was gifted to Lolli Jacobsen by Rose Kelley, member of the Atlier group from Pacific Basin who was teaching a class for Lolli through the College of the Redwoods.
Pacific Textile Arts first board of directors were Lolli Jacobsen, Jackie Wollenberg, Vicki Fraser, Susan Wood, Rob Sep, Robert Brockschmidt, Nancy Denison. we met at each others homes and acted as support for textile programs at the Mendocino Art Center, College of the Redwoods and Mendocino Coast Handweaver's Guild.
It had to be offered to non-profits first. 3 groups bid on it. Don Nelson bid $1, a former woodworker bid but didn’t have a non-profit status yet. Jackie called the business office and found out CR had paid $90,000 for it. We offered $85 – 87,000 )?) and our offer was accepted. We raised $70,000 in private donations, most less than $1000 in three months and took private $5,000 loans for the rest (Alice Knapp, Sue Arnold, Susan Druding).
We took ownership in June 1996, but the house was in bad shape. It had been offered to the fire department to burn down. They declined. We needed a new roof, electricity (Dave Gealey and Ron Cutler), flooring (Jackie), water, ivy hedge removal and more. We weren’t able to open to the public until 2005. In the meantime, Jackie hosted classes at her Henhouse Studios.
The northern building (now the tapestry studio) was built for storage of the many donations of materials and equipment by Greg Tregoning, 1998
Photo: 1998 Vision Meeting
On-site classes in the new classroom began in earnest in 2012.
Greg Tregoning built the courtyard was built in 2013 with a starter grant of about $500? from the Mendocino Community Foundation.
Total cost was about $10,000
of a Tapestry”.
Shortly after we closed again to in-person activities other than volunteers and board members until January 2022 “Alive and Well” members work gallery show which had no in-person opening.
After several pandemic postponements, Adriane Nicolaisen’s class “Start Weaving, Keep Weaving, Weave Better” was able to happen with half the students.
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