Conference preview 2022

Conference Preview as of January, 2022

SOG Conference 2022 – Gilding in the Land of the Sky  Asheville, NC – Sept 19-23, 2022

We have gotten the conference planning off to a good start and are continuing to iron out some of the details.  A small group of us will go to Asheville in March to see things in person and make additional arrangements.  We hope to have all of the information for you in the spring. This is the most advance notice we have had for a conference! 

We will be staying at the Four Points by Sheraton (now a Marriott property) in downtown Asheville, and rooms at the conference rate will be $99 (plus tax) for a double.  We will publish the link to make reservations, so stayed tuned. We will also provide a sign-up if you want to find a roommate.

Classes will be held at the Asheville Masonic Temple, also downtown, which is a stately and glamorous building with many different rooms. The hotel will be available if we need even more space, so we are all set for large numbers of students and classes.  

The community project will involve some frame restoration as well as glass sign gilding for a local non-profit – we will have more details after our March visit.

Thanks to the generosity of many donors to the Sandra Spannan Scholarship fund, we will be offering one or more scholarships – which will pay for tuition and supplies for a single class.  The scholarship application will be available on the website in a few months.

The social event is in the works, and may involve one of the famous local breweries!

Asheville has a lot of things to do and see, such as the Biltmore estate, and its many craft breweries.  We are looking into arranging a private tour of the Biltmore, but even if we can’t, it is well worth visiting.   If you are making plane reservations, you may want to add on a few days for sightseeing.

As far as the Covid virus goes, we have to hope for the best.  It is possible we may need to see proof of vaccination, and it may still be in fashion to wear masks at the conference.  We will do whatever the best practices are, to protect our attendees – you are all precious to us!