Thursday, November 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Open Studios at the NEST, Nov 13-15, 2015 (Bridgeport, CT)

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Please join SAQA-CT artists Christina Blais, Jane Davila, Barbara Dieroff, Rita Hannifin and Gwen Hendrix at the NEST Arts Factory Open Studios, Fri – Sun November 13-15, 2015.

Meet the artists of the NEST, tour open studios, listen to musicians, enjoy a gallery show and see a variety of demonstrations.  Find more information at!events/c3su

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MEETING MINUTES: SAQA-CT Gathering at Sew Inspired, Oct 24th

IT WAS A GREAT DAY!!! We had 50 people in attendance.
1.  Thank you to everyone who brought items for our "Meeting Door Prize." The total amount raised was $70. Thank you Kelly Caldwell for managing this meeting event - we are very appreciative. 

2.  THE DROP OFF - for the SAQACT TRUNK SHOW and LOCAL COLOR appeared to run very smoothly; Kate Themel, Diane Wright, Clara Nartey, and Carol Eaton managed to keep things moving along. At our meeting Kate and Diane gave an up-date on the jurying process for Local Color and that we would be notified Tuesday/Wednesday with the results.  Options for the photographing of the accepted entries was also discussed. All of this will be posted along with the jurying results.

3.  Hope Barton and her invited guest managed to collect a sizeable number of pieces for our own SAQACT Trunk Show. - At our meeting Members decided to extend our SAQACT Trunk Show deadline to our next meeting, which will take place in February 2016.  So there is still time to complete your piece.  For submission forms and all of the information please visit the Trunk Show tab on the SAQACT blog

4.  Diane Wright encouraged everyone to register for the 2016 SAQA Conference in Philadelphia:  Inspire * Connect * Engage from March 31 - April 3, 2016. DETAILS HERE.  One of the highlights will be a bus trip to see the Opening of Art Quilt Elements. The Early Bird registration is only open until October 31st, so if you want to save $50 please register soon.

5.  Laureen Pekar - Connecticut Piecemakers Quilting Guild invites SAQA members to participate in their quilt show “Spring Shower of Quilts 2016” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, CT April 16-17, 2016. The special exhibit in one of the ballrooms will be set up for participating SAQA members and would be free of charge. Artworks should be no more than 120 around, or smaller, and can be any shape. They could be new creations or other favorites, and would be protected by the guild’s insurance program. This would be great exposure for SAQA artists since we have had over a thousand visitors at our last show and more for our coming show. [This is special invitational exhibit will neither be juried nor judged.] Registration deadline is February 16, 2016. Quilts that are to be hung are to be handed in at the Crowne Plaza on Friday, April 15 between 3:30p - 6:00p. All quilts must have a 3-4 inch hanging sleeve sewn on. More details/registration forms are posted on the “Shows to Enter” section of the SAQA-CT blog.

6.  Catherine introduced Kelly Caldwell, who has volunteered to take over for Catherine as our new SAQACT representative.  She will be working with Barbara Adams. The SAQACT reps position is a two-year term. WELCOME KELLY!! We are still seeking a volunteer to work with her, as Barbara will be completing her term soon as well.

7. Catherine shared some of the perks of establishing a Parlor Group in the 8 regions throughout CT.  Attached is the master list.  To obtain more information, such as phone numbers, addresses, etc. please go to and click on the Members Directory.  Feel free to contact Catherine if you need any additional information or to discuss ideas for your region.  Since we will not be having another SAQACT meeting until February 2016 it would be great if we could all meet once in our parlor groups before then.  A local coffee shop, art center, or someone's home are all suitable locations.  Remember this is a low-key effort to provide additional support for and to one another.

8.  Norma Schlager (please check out her most recent blog post shared her thoughts on her recent solo show at the Brookfield Art Center.  She stressed the importance of the shows "Opening Night". Works should be priced to sell!
Her agreement with the venue was a 50% commission. She made up 20 boxes of greeting cards (6 in a box) which sold for $15 a box.  Seventeen boxes were sold. Her printing was done by Vistaprint (This site has lots of special discounts so keep checking their site.)  Norma also used Vistaprint for the 100 post cards that she distributed - mostly handing them out directly and mailing a few. The Brookfield Art Center provided the Opening Night refreshments as well as the publicity, and used their volunteers to assist in the hanging of the show.  Norma brought some samples of the small pieces that she made on her Epsom printer with Durabright inks. Her art items in the $75 to $125 price range sold well. Members followed up Norma's talk with many questions and then Diane Cadrain showed one of her current works that will be in her up-coming Solo Show in the Clare Gallery at the Franciscan Center for Urban Life (Hartford, CT) from November 12 to December 27, 2015. Questions and answers followed. One member suggested that at a future meeting we display and explain various methods of hanging, mounting, and framing our Fiber Art.

NOON - Lunch
1:00 p.m.  Another fantastic MEMBERS “Show and Tell”
2:00 p.m. End of meeting - more time to shop!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Diane Cadrain: Solo Exhibition at the Clare Gallery (Hartford, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Diane Cadrain!

Diane’s work will be displayed in a solo fiber art/art quilt show at the Clare Gallery at the Franciscan Center for Urban Life from November 12 to December 27, 2015. 

Great Head Trail - full - full res-1(image: Great Head Trail by D.Cadrain)

Cadrain’s exhibition will focus on pathways and journeys we all take throughout life. Many of these journeys and paths are internal, but Diane has also chosen to express varied physical ones she has traveled herself.

Coastal Heath-1(image: Coastal Heath by D.Cadrain)

The exhibition and an artist’s reception will be free and open to the public. Free parking is available directly across from the church in the Saints Lot, and the facility is handicapped accessible.

The reception is Thursday evening November 12 from 6:30 to 8 pm, with an artist talk at 7 pm.  

The Franciscan Center for Urban Life is part of St. Patrick’s and St. Anthony’s Church, 285 Church Street in Hartford, CT.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Norma Schlager, Finalist at Quilts World of Beauty at IQF (Houston, TX)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Norma Schlager! Her quilt “Big Green Diptych” is a finalist in the special juried exhibit Quilts, World of Beauty at the International Quilt Festival in Houston Texas.


The International Quilt Festival
October 29 – November 1, 2015

George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Friday, October 9, 2015

Margaret Phillips Work at International Quilt Festival (Houston, TX)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Margaret Phillips, whose work has been juried into the International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas.

“Figure Study” will be exhibited in the Art, Miniatures category at IQF.  This piece was also in the Northern Star Quilt Guild show and won a 2nd Place ribbon. 

Figure Study I

Margaret’s quilt “Dinner with Roy” will also be included in IQF as part of the “What’s for Dinner?” special exhibit, juried by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.


The International Quilt Festival
October 29 – November 1, 2015

George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

For more information, visit:

Monday, September 14, 2015

MEETING NOTES: SAQA-CT Gathering at Phelps-Hatheway House Sept 12th, 2015

If you were unable to attend the gathering on September 12, here’s a quick recap from SAQA-CT Rep Catherine Smith: Saturday was a beautiful day for doing just about anything – including our SAQA-CT “Gathering” with the SAQA members of the “Connecticut Fiber arts Collective" (CTFAC).

(Pictured: from left, Back row: Rosalind Spann, Mary Lachman, Carol Eaton, Francesca Lenville, Catherine Smith, Front row: Wanda Seldon, Carol Vinick, Debra Gluszczak, Barbara Adams, Antonia Torres and Nancy Turbitt) CTFAC members Carol Vinick, Christina Blais, Karen Loprete, Carol R. Eaton, Diane Cadrain, Linda Martin, Mary Lachman, Antonia Torres, Rosalind Spann, and Wanda Seldon really had their act together with their group show “Steeped in Stitches” at the Phelps-Hatheway House in Suffield Connecticut.

Carol Vinick

This historic property had the most beautiful out buildings including a huge barn that was filled with the groups’ art quilts.  Each quilt had a story and the members of Connecticut Fiber arts Collective shared those stories.   One continuous thread throughout each artist’s narrative was “and I used this piece of Carol Eaton’s fabric…” Carol also makes quilts, such as the one seen here:
 Carol Eaton

Notice the lovely hats and we did have a winner of the "Best Hat" contest.  Antonia Torres won a pair of hand crafted tea vessels, batik fabric, and a $25 gift certificate from Quilting by the Yard, LLC in Vernon, Connecticut.

 Anonia Torres

We had our tea in the Summer House, another beautiful open air building on this property. We all admired the workmanship of this building and wondered on the possibilities of reproducing it in our own backyards.

 Wanda Seldon
Rosalind Spann

We were delighted to welcome fellow SAQA members Nancy Turbitt from Rhode Island ( and Francesca Lenville from Massachusetts. Their presence and their stories added another dimension to our group – business cards were exchanged and we hope to meet up again with these fellow artists soon.   
During our relaxing tea and goodies, Claire Nartey (with daughter) joined us and later Kate Themel (with son) met up with the group.  Clara, Kate, and Nancy delivered their entries to Cathy for the up-coming juried show “A Celebration of Fiber Arts” at the Art Center East in Vernon, CT.  Please consider entering this show.  You should have received an email with the shows details but we will try to post it again on our SAQACT blog.

Linda F. Martin

In the afternoon Debra Gluszczak, Nancy Turbitt, and Catherine Smith joined one of the docents for a tour of this historic home.  The docent received our SAQA membership information as well as a copy of The art quilt sourcebook "Portfolio 21", which they will add to their library collection.  Mary Lachman gave her book talk at 2:00 p.m.

Mary Lachman

It was a full day – this show ends on Sunday, September 13th, 2015.  A huge thank-you to all who were able to participate in this event!
See additional photos and notes about this event on the SAQA-Massachusetts/Rhode Island blog

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Quilts by Barb McKie at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Lyme, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Barbara Barrick McKie, who will have 2 quilts on display at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts’ Annual Alumni Show.  The 2015 Alumni Exhibition, which was open to ALL media, was juried by Barbara Marks, David Shevlino and Robert Taplin.

The Exhibition runs from September 18 – November 14, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, September 18, 5 – 8pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm

McKie_Following Mommy

Barbara McKie’s quilts “Following Mommy” (image above) and “My Fishing Hole” are included in the Lyme Alumni show.  A selection of student work will also be on view in the Sill House Gallery.

University of New Haven
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams

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