A Personal Message from the President

A Personal Message to all of my Gilders:

I am sure you are already inundated with messages from your bank, physicians, local government, stores, and everyone else, so here’s another one. I hope this finds you all well and safe. My heart goes out to all of you, especially those who I know are already struggling with serious illnesses. It is scary not to know the future; the suspense is getting to me. If you need to talk about things, send an email to president@societyofgilders.org with your phone number, and I’ll call you.  I also recommend meditation, yoga, the app “Insight Timer”, and making stuff.

We are in an unexpected situation. I know that as artists, many of you are resistant to following the crowd and insist on doing your own thing. However, in this case, what you do can affect all of us for the worse, so even if it is spiritual anathema to you, please do what your local government advises, and just deal with it later.

The Society of Gilders, not having a physical central location, is operating as usual as I write this. We are accepting new members, renewals, updating the website, and planning for future conferences. If you have general questions, you can still contact Elizabeth at sogexsecretary@gmail.com (mailto:sogexsecretary@gmail.com) , or 888-991-7676. If you have gilding questions, we will pass those on to the appropriate person. Let’s use this time to create what we can, explore new artistic forms, and be kind to those around us – they are just as worried, maybe more than you, even if they don’t show it. And of course, we welcome stories on “How I spent my Corona Virus Isolation” for the next Gilders Tip issue!

All my love and prayers,



As we embark on this new decade, many “golden” educational opportunities await our members. The Society of Gilder’s very own, Peter Miller, will be offering his 2nd gilding class of 2020:

Water Gilding Workshop: From glue to gilding and everything in between

This 4-day workshop will provide the student with an immersion into the ancient decorative art of traditional water gilding.  The class is suitable for the novice as well as gilders interested in improving their techniques.  It will be held in Peter’s Berryville, Virginia studio.

Date: Friday, June 26th – Monday June 29th, 2020
Location: P H Miller Studio 1 East Main St Berryville, VA 22611
For additional information or to sign up click HERE.