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First News Winter 2005

Business Spotlight: Raton
Express Yourself at The Coop

   Patrons at The Coop will tell you it's a gathering spot, a place for all ages to enjoy a cuppa, chat, and admire the wonderful expressions of art. But it's more than that! It's a place to learn and express your creative side. The Coop offers classes in textile arts, fine art, three-dimensional exhibits, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and even holds poetry sessions. If you've got a closet full of unfinished projects, come by for UFO Fridays at 3pm for instruction and suggestions.

Standing; Sara Kowalski, Joan MacNeish, Janese Little, Rosemary Malcom,
Seated; Laura Brewer and Kathryn Meinholz

   Stop by to register for a class or stock up on fine quality fabric, quilt batting, quilting and sewing notions, or other needlework supplies. But stay to look over their unique gift items and interesting art on display by local creators including textile art, fine art, pottery, and stained glass. Of special interest are the wonderfully colored, and carefully crafted beaded necklaces and bracelets of the Masai tribe.

   Recently, The Coop held a fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund for those who would like to take classes but may be short on funds. Their raffle winner for the queen-size quilt was Becky Vanwey. Also, the winning bid in the silent auction for the 7-piece puff quilt set offered by Taos-Colfax Community Services was Sue Fleming. This blue and white ensemble was a special labor of love created by the psychological rehabilitation clients.

   The Coop was established through a group effort by Laura Brewer, Kathryn Meinholz, Joan MacNeish, Rosemary Malcom, Sara Murphy Kowalski, and Janese Little. These ladies invite you to become involved with The Coop as an investor, Coop Card-carrying member, or as a volunteer. Come hatch your fresh ideas at The Coop! Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30am to 5pm.

The Coop
28 Park Avenue
Raton, NM 87740
505/ 445-9201


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