Armando Sosa, a Guatemalan Master Weaver of international fame, will be Nassau’s artist-in-residence through the Spring of 2017. Armando’s residency includes an in-depth curriculum to teach church members of all ages the fine art of weaving tapestries. At adult education events throughout the year, he will demonstrate his art on a new loom specifically designed for, constructed and installed in the church library where congregants may observe and access it easily. Armando will additionally teach weaving to children in their Sunday School classes, participate with the Worship and Arts Committee during their annual retreat, spend evenings with the youth groups and share his life story. While he has already designed the large new loom for Nassau, he will also teach congregants how to build individual looms throughout the year. The large loom will be utilized by Armando and congregation members he has taught to create a liturgical parament or banner to be used during worship in the Easter season.
Armando’s story starts at the age of five in Guatemala when he first learned to dye yarn with his whole family and continues through his life of hard work coloring and spinning threads of wool, cotton or silk onto spools, drawing and weaving patterns, traveling to show and weave in many countries to include Mexico, the Unites States, El Salvador, Costa Rico, Panama and Columbia. We feel privileged to have this unique artist interacting with all generations of our church – giving lectures, workshops, demonstrations and sharing the history of the folk art of weaving.
The Artist Residency program of the Worship and Arts Committee is underwritten through the Ammons Music Fund, the Frances Clark Fund, and Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
See upcoming events with our artist-in-residence in the Music and Arts Season.
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