ATHA Biennial 2013

Region 12 is proud to be the host for the next Biennial to be held in Long Beach, California September 25 – 28, 2013. Region 12 encompasses ATHA members from Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Nevada. This is a Biennial you won’t want to miss!Liberty Ship

The purpose of the ATHA Biennial is to showcase the traditional art of rug hooking; to educate and expand this craft throughout the world. ATHA leads the way in providing resources across the globe for everyone who has an interest in rug hooking— whether you just pulled your first loop or have been rug hooking for years. We truly believe the creativity of our members with their broad and diverseexperience will inspire you!

What's at the Biennial for you? Make plans to join us on Wednesday evening September 25th at the Opening Night on the Red Carpet reception. This is a time for you to greet old friends and meet new ones. We’ll serve hors d’oeuvres and have a cash bar. Everyone that attends this evening event will automatically be entered into a drawing for a beautiful hooked rug donated by Carla Fortney, a Southern California hooking artist and a previous Celebrations winner. After this opportunity to meet with friends, there will be a meeting of the national ATHA organization.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday we will offer classes taught by teachers from the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Classes will be 9:30 am - 3:30 pm for all levels of "hookers", even those of you who may have never hooked before. We'll also offer free workshops on those afternoons that will keep your creative thoughts flowing after your class finishes for the day. Lunch is included with every paid class, except the beginner class. Read more about the Beginner Class in the Classes & Workshops section.

The Marketplace opens on Thursday at 8:30 am for paid registrants. Here you will find hand-dyed wool of all colors, "as is" plaids & textures, as well as "off the bolt" wools. In addition, hooking patterns, supplies and accessories will be in abundance. Supplies and items for other fiber art forms will also be for sale, in addition to other "whimsical" items.

In the Marketplace you can take your time to view an exhibit of some of the finest hand-hooked rugs to be shown on the West Coast. It will include the mats submitted for our Show Us Your Color rug challenge and rugs never seen at a Biennial. Be sure to bring your camera.

There are so many things to do in the area surrounding the Biennial host hotel and transportation is free to many of these attractions, so we won’t have pre-arranged tours. You’ll find more information on what’s available just outside the hotel, at this website.

Thursday evening is a time to explore Long Beach and all it has to offer. There are many restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

The Friday evening dinner and auction is a fun time you won’t want to miss. Undoubtedly there will be treasures you’ll want to buy to support our Biennial.

The closing dinner on Saturday caps the more than three full days of the Biennial and features Susan Vreeland, internationally known author of art-related historical fiction. Her most recent novel, Clara and Mr. Tiffany, will be on sale that evening and she will autograph your copy. See Schedule page for more information.