Sunday, September 28, 2014

Perks of SAQA's Dual-Regional Membership

Did you know, as a SAQA member you can designate a primary and a secondary region for the same membership fee?  While it may not be advantageous to everyone, there are definite benefits to having another region to call "home".

For example: for Connecticut residents, the Massachusetts/Rhode Island, New York and New Hampshire/Vermont/Maine regions are all within a few hours drive.  For members who live on the border of CT, it may sometimes be a shorter drive to NY or MA than to our own regional meetings. If you vacation in another State or country on a regular basis, you may want to consider adding that region to your membership.

Recently SAQA-CT artists Carol Ludington, Diane Wright and Betty Warner attended a fabulous meeting with the members of SAQA-MA/RI. The group met at PRO Chemical & Dye in Fall River, MA.

SAQA-MA/RI artist Vicki Jensen demonstrated dying techniques.

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Later, attendees got to try it out for themselves.

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During lunch, everyone had a chance to browse the vendor tables.  Members were allowed to offer their artwork, books, DVDs etc. for sale.  And like any good SAQA meeting, there was time for Show & Tell!

Having a secondary SAQA region can offer an artist the chance to meet new people, draw inspiration from new scenery and experience SAQA from a different point of view.  Members may also share and discuss great ideas in other regions that they can bring "home".

If you would like to add a secondary SAQA region to your membership, just log in with your ID and password to www.saqa.com and edit your profile.  You can enter another region under "Second State" or "Second Country".

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Clara Nartey Earns the Joan Coderre Award at the Slater Museum (Norwich, CT)

SAQA-CT artist Clara Nartey's "Shadows" took home the Joan Coderre Award for Painting: Excellence in ColorThe CT Women Artists 85th Annual Juried Exhibition features 120 pieces of artwork in a variety of media.

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(Clara Nartey stands next to her prize winning artwork at the Slater Memorial Museum)

One of six fiber/textile works in the show, Nartey's "Shadows" captured the award in a painting category over many other traditional painted canvas pieces.

Nartey (Detail)

Congratulations, Clara!

The CT Women Artists exhibition will be on display at the Slater Memorial Museum until September 28, 2014.

Slater Memorial Museum
305 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360
http://www.slatermuseum.org/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=235

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Textile Show Opens this Friday at Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan, CT)

Undomesticated

Leslie Giuliani

September 20 through November 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, September 19, 6-8pm



Embrace, Digital embroidery, rug hooking, and encaustic on linen, 20" x 20"

The exhibition "Undomesticated" by Leslie Giuliani highlights her hybrid textile artwork at the Vassos Gallery at Silvermine Arts Center from Friday, September 19 through November 2, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 19 from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Giuliani says, "This exhibition will include works featuring a range of textile technique combinations including digital embroidery, hand embroidery, digital textile printing, cyanotype photography, sewing and rug hooking embellished with encaustic painting.

Juxtaposing images naturally creates free narrative associations. The images and compositions and the stories they imply are interesting, colorful and fun on their own but beyond that, the unusual combination of materials will compel further exploration.

The embroidered and printed images will all be translations of my original drawings and paper cutouts into textile form. Rug hooking will be used, not in a traditional functional way, rather, as a means to color areas and draw lines."

Giuliani will be in the gallery every Wednesday during the run of the show, working and giving demos including rug hooking and digital embroidery. For more information, please see Silvermine's website.

Silvermine Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840
203.966.9700

Undomesticated

Monday, September 15, 2014

SAQA Benefit Auction Begins Today!

SAQA’s signature fundraising event starts today at 2pm EDT!

This is your chance to own beautiful, unique art quilts by some of the world’s finest artists. Plus, your purchases help increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them while supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, publications, and education outreach. Thanks to our donors and bidders in 2013, the Benefit Auction raised over $65,000!

Nine stunning art quilts were donated to the 2014 Studio Art Quilt Associates Benefit Auction by Connecticut members.  Check out these beautiful 12x12 auction quilts created by Normajean Brevik, Debra Bento, Margaret Phillips, Mickey Lawler, Betty Warner, Diane Wright, Clara Nartey, Norma Schlager and Gail Kotowski:

Brevik_ByTheSea Bento_LoveIsInTheAir Phillips_FigureStudyIII

Lawler_LoneHarbor WarnerE_WhereAmIGoing Wright_AutumnYearsSquared

Nartey_TicTacToe2 Schlager_SW4GreeningUp Kotowski_TheRace

View all the auction quilts here: http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3220

For information about how the auction works, visit: http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=1186

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Special Invitation to SAQA Members to Participate in the Quilt and Needle Arts Show (East Haddam, CT)

Invitation to Exhibit

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19th Annual Quilt and Needle Arts Show
October 11 &12, 2014
The First Church of Christ, Congregational
499 Town Street (Route 151), P O Box 445
East Haddam, CT 06423-0445

First Church of East Haddam is proud to present its 19th Annual Quilt and Needle Arts Show, located in America’s Oldest Federal Meetinghouse. When decorated with vibrant quilts and needlework, it is transformed into a spectacular showcase and an inspiration to those of us who appreciate fine handwork. We hope you will be part of this experience! We invite you to share your love of needlework by exhibiting your quilts, cross-stitch, needlepoint, hooked rugs, knitting, crocheting, etc.

Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates are invited to participate in a special display.  Please indicate on your submission form if you are a SAQA member.

Exhibitors should fill out the enclosed application and mail it before September 30 to:

First Church Quilt Show

C/O Carol Faraci
90 Great Hillwood Road
Moodus, CT 06469

OR email a completed submission form to: carol.faraci@gmail.com

If your submission is for sale, please indicate your asking price on the application form. First Church reserves the right to collect a 20% commission for handling the sale.

Please be assured that your submission will be cared for by members of First Church. (Volunteers will be sleeping in the church on Friday and Saturday nights just to keep an eye on everything!)

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Exhibition Committee:
Betty Haines
Margaret Charney
Holly Coleman
Carol Faraci
Brenda Collis

Please visit our website for pictures and more information.

Website: www.ehquiltshow.com

The First Church of Christ, Congregational

Open and print a copy of the exhibition form:
http://nebula.wsimg.com/17b963d145376c6a2a6a74bb68996948?AccessKeyId=2D463C9C06E876729206&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Show Your Artwork at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (Brattleboro, VT)

OPEN CALL NNE (North-Northeast)

BattleboroMuseumIf you're an artist living in New York or any of the six New England states, then you are eligible to submit your work for consideration.

Open Call NNE (North-Northeast) is a juried exhibition organized by BMAC that showcases established, mid-career, and emerging artists working in all media.

In a departure from BMAC’s previous juried exhibitions, which featured large bodies of work by a small number of selected artists, Open Call NNE (North-Northeast) will showcase dozens of artists with 1-4 works each.

BMAC is expecting to showcase dozens of artists of all experience levels, working in a wide variety of media. Richard Klein, exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, is the juror.

Open Call NNE (North-Northeast) opens at BMAC on January 10 and runs through February 8, 2015. The deadline to apply is November 14, 2014.

Click here for more information.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Call for Entries: Textile Show 2014 at Gallery 53 (Meriden, CT)

Fiber Artists of Connecticut:

You are invited to participate in an upcoming exhibition, presented by the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden at Gallery 53. Entries can include (but are not limited to): surface design, felting, quilting, knotting, weaving, knitting, fiber sculpture, basketry, quilts, handcrafted paper and needlework. 

Textile Show 2014
Sept 13th – 26th

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Receiving:
Hand Delivered Entries:
Sept 3rd – 5th, 12 – 3 pm
Sat Sept 6th, 10 – 1 pm
Mail in Entries: Please provide return postage.

Reception & Awards:
Saturday, September 13th, 1– 3 pm
Awards Ceremony: 2 pm
Judge: Laura Scarpa

Fees:
ACAM Members: $20 first entry, $5 second.
Nonmembers: $25 first entry, $5 second.
No more than two entries due to space limitations.

ARTS & CRAFTS ASSN. OF MERIDEN
Gallery 53
53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451
(203) 235-5347
gallery53ct@gmail.com

Eligibility:
All items must be installation-ready with appropriate hanging rods or mounting devices.
Space is limited, items must be no wider than 48".

Sales: 25% commission will be taken on sold items

Removal dates:
Sept 26th 12 pm - 3pm
Sept 27th 10 am – 1pm

Follow this link for more information and a copy of the entry form:

Gallery 53 Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Gallery53/photos/a.299379963473343.66493.287134304697909/657242917687044/?type=1&theater

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith
http://catherinewhallsmith.com/

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams
b.c.adams @ comcast.net

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