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

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.

Recently added to LINKS page

The Ancient Mangel of Santarcangelo di Romagna:  In a tiny town near Italy’s Northeastern coast, the unique art of handmade, rust-printed textiles is still alive thanks to a piece of living history: a massive stone-and-wood mangle designed, in part, by Leonardo da Vinci.

7/5/19 First Friday 5-8pm PTArts Gallery


Art Underfoot – Rugs by Nancy Kennedy. 

Regular Gallery Hours:  Wed 10:30-12 ; Thurs 1:30-3:30 ; Sat 11-1

Nancy will be teaching a four-day workshop on rug weaving July 27-30 (Sat-Tues).  There will be an emphasis on hems and cardwoven edges.  July 27-30  Class Info Link.



Lolli is beginning to digitize the amazing textiles that exist in the PTArts collections.  Click on links to view PDFs.

Japan: Kimonos

PTArts PROGRAM 5/25/19

Come at 10 for social and sharing.  Ann Brezina will share her insights regarding spinning wheels and spinning lovely yarns.


Graduating Krenov School students proudly present their fine woodworking at Partners Gallery May 18th  to May 27th.

With one semester of excellent instruction under their belt, this year’s students have set out to push boundaries and explore exciting designs in their second semester projects. From curved and veneered works to chairs new and old, the talent and craftsmanship of this year’s class will be on full display.

Founded in 1981 by master cabinetmaker James Krenov, The Krenov School is known far and wide for the refined works of its meticulous and ambitious graduates. Drawn in from all over the world, a diverse array of students come for the opportunity to hone their skills and to dive deep into nuances of fine woodworking.
This year marks an important milestone for the program with the most women representing it in its history—10 of the 22 students. We are excited and proud at the growth in interest and accessibility of the program to this demographic and hope only to expand on it.
Come celebrate all the wonderful works with us! Partners Gallery, 335 N Franklin St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437 open daily 10am-6pm. More information: 707 964-7056

Friday MAY 10th – 7pm

Lisa Grey, artist, teacher, innovator
Lisa Grey has been a full time studio artist for close to 40 years. She has led workshops in multiple dyeing, printmaking, and creative sewing techniques in the US and abroad. Her teaching approach focuses on combining technical proficiency with creative spontaneity and includes a hefty dose of play.
Click to see her website
Friday, May 10, 7:00 PM, PTArts’ classroom (all are welcome; donations appreciated)
Spectacular Soy Wax Resist May 11 & 12, 9:30-4:30 each day.
Playful Paper Painting May 13, 9:30-4:30
Prolific Printing Extravaganza May 14, 9:30-4:30
Collage from your Collections May 15, 9:30-4:30

Mickie’s Class on Doll Making – success!