Spencer to host Lawrence's 2012 International Craftsy Meetup Party

LAWRENCE — Area craft enthusiasts can come together and share their collective enthusiasm and experience from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, when the Spencer Museum of Art serves as the Lawrence location for the 2012 International Craftsy Meetup Party — one of 619 such gatherings around the world.

Share a current project over coffee, form a craft stash swap or demonstrate a crafting technique. This special event is offered in conjunction with the SMA installation Conversation XII: Crafting Continuities.

The Spencer Museum of Art houses an internationally known collection that is deep and diverse, currently numbering approximately 38,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval panel painting and religious sculpture; the Kress Study Collection of early modern Italian painting; 19th-century American art and material culture; old master prints; photography; European, East Asian, and Indian textiles; American Indian pottery, beadwork, and jewelry; African sculpture; Japanese Edo-period prints; and 20th-century Chinese painting.