Dear Sievers Family and Friends,
As spring arrives on Washington Island, we have always anticipated meeting new students, welcoming back those who are returning for class and greeting visitors in the shop. This spring, we, like you, are navigating our daily lives by placing the safety and health of those around us at the forefront. At the same time, we are all waiting to engage in the shared experiences that give us joy.
Using the guidelines that are available, we feel the responsible thing to do at this time is to cancel our classes in June (Classes 1 through 7). The nature of our classes and dormitory housing, with groups of people working and living in common spaces, often using shared materials and equipment, influences our decision. Knowing that many teachers and students travel from across the country to our remote community also plays a role during this public health challenge.
We have notified the teachers and students affected by the cancellation. Our hearts are set on continuing with the remainder of our classes. At the same time, we’ll be responsive to any new guidelines being issued to determine our course going forward.
Ann, Cindra and Carolyn will each be working part-time in the office to answer your emails and phone calls. Barb and Butch continue to ship Sievers Benchwork daily. Many consignment items have arrived and we have a nice stock of new yarns, books and fiber art supplies. On a regular basis in our blog posts, we’ll be offering selected items from the shop that can be ordered online. Our goal is to open the shop as soon as it is safe to do so. When that time comes, we would welcome your visit!
We cannot thank you enough for the care you continue to show as well as your friendship and dedication to Sievers, our teachers and each other. Be safe, create and stay in touch. We’ll do the same!