Sunday, June 28, 2015

SAQA-CT Trunk Show

Attention SAQA artists in Connecticut!  Hope Barton, Mary MacIlvain, and Betty Warner are spearheading a plan to create our own regional trunk show! Read on for details and a look at the registration form.

SAQA Connecticut Trunk Show: You’re Doing What?

The “You’re Doing What?” Trunk show is an opportunity for SAQA Connecticut members to show the world what they are doing now. Member work will be showcased in a traveling trunk show that will be shown in venues throughout the region.

We are looking for original fiber art pieces 6” x 10” sized (portrait or landscape) artwork (any fiber medium; any subject). We will display the work mounted on a  8” x  12” black backing board using archival tape and placed inside of clear cellophane sleeves. Creative edge treatments are encouraged.

Artwork of this size can be quick and fun to make, showcasing your voice and promoting art quilting and education.

Deadline October 24, 2015: This is the Delivery Deadline.  Artwork, registration form and check should be personally delivered or shipped to Betty Warner.

You may bring it to the SAQA-CT Regional Meeting at Sew Inspired Quilt Shop on October 24, 2015.


· Create an original 6” x 10” sized (portrait or landscape) artwork (any fiber medium; any subject). We will mount your finished piece on a black backing board using archival mounting tape.

· Complete the registration form. Please include a copy of this form with your artwork and fee.

· Bring your 6” x 10” artwork, a completed registration form and a $5 check made out to our regional meeting at Sew Inspired Quilt Shop


Ship artwork, form and check to:

Betty Warner
20 Wescott Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

Questions? Contact Betty Warner at betty@ or by phone: (860)658-2691

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Norma Schlager Solo Show "The Art of Stitch" Opens June 27 (Brookfield, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Norma Schlager!  Norma’s fiber artwork will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT. 

“The Art of Stitch” runs from June 27 – July 18, 2015. 

An Opening Reception is planned for June 27 from 5 – 8 PM at the Brookfield Craft Center.

See more of Norma Schlager’s work on her blog:

Brookfield Craft Center
286 Whisconier Road (Route 25)
Brookfield, CT 06804

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Opportunity: SAQA Exhibition Committee

Every SAQA exhibition requires an Exhibition Coordinator, and SAQA could use a few more people willing to take on this role.

The Exhibition Coordinator’s job is to handle the administration of one specific exhibition. It begins by answering the questions from the membership once the prospectus goes live.
The EC organizes the entries and submits them to SAQA on a spreadsheet which is also sent to the juror.
Once the juror makes her selections of artwork, the EC sends out the appropriate letters to the artists.
The EC continues to be the point of contact for the accepted artists throughout the course of the exhibition, informing them of each new venue that is secured.
The EC's job ends when the artwork is returned to the artists by Bill Reker.
EC's may submit work to the exhibition that they are coordinating since the juror does NOT receive the names of the artists. All SAQA exhibitions use a “blind jury” system.

Are you interested in becoming an Exhibition Coordinator?  PLEASE contact Gwyned Trefethen:  gwynedtrefethen @ mac .com

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Still Time to Enter “Art as Quilt” Deadline May 31, 2015

Attention SAQA members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut: There is still time to submit an entry into “ART AS QUILT”, a regional exhibition of fiber art.  On line entries are open now on SAQA’s website. Entries are by digital photo; follow this link for more information

Open to SAQA members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut
Deadline:  May 31, 2015

Exhibit Concept:
Art as Quilt (Transitions in Contemporary Textile Media) is a juried exhibition of contemporary textile media that explores the subject of art as quilt.  The word quilt implies a traditional 3 layered stitched approach but artists are encouraged to explore new and unique ways to push beyond these boundaries through the use of techniques and materials. This exhibit will consist of works that represent unexpected approaches and interpretations of the theme and help illustrate the diversity of styles, techniques and materials being used by the Studio Art Quilt Associates members.

Premier location:
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton MA) September 2015
Additional venues:
Highfield Hall and Gardens, Falmouth MA
Jurors: Sue Bleiweiss, Nancy Turbitt, Cheryl Rezendes
Work must be able to travel from September 2015 to December 2016.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Barb McKie Juried into SAQA: Two by Twenty

Art by: Rahel Elran, Sandy Gregg, Teresa Barkley, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry and Janice Stevens

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Barbara Barrick McKie, who will exhibit two of her pieces, “Botswana’s Beautiful Bird” and “Kookaburra” in SAQA’s Two by Twenty exhibition.

(image: detail of Botswana’s Beautiful Bird by B.McKie)

Each of the twenty accepted artists had two pieces selected that relate to each other in some way. Juror:  Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkins

The show will travel to the Open European Quilt Championships, Maastricht, Netherlands this October.

For a list of ALL the accepted artists and works, visit: 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Upcoming Workshops at the Danforth Art Museum (Framingham, MA)

Register now for the Spring 2015 Professional Artist Series and Portfolio Review Day!


Professional Artist Series
Thursdays, April 30, May 7, and May 14
6:30-8:00 pm

Join us for workshops on the business of art taught by those who have mastered the art of business, designed for working artists in all levels of their careers.

· April 30: The Artist as Brand w/ Jessica Burko
· May 7:
The Art of the Review w/ Cate McQuaid
· May 14:
The Law for Artists w/Nick O’Donnell

$25 for each class for non-member
$15 for each class for Danforth Art Professional Artist level members

· Or, register for the 3-part series

$65 for the 3-part series for non-members
$45 for the 3-part series for Danforth Art Professional Artist level members

Portfolio Review Day \ Saturday, April 25, 2015
Meet one-on-one with experienced art professionals to discuss your work and consider how to best advance your career. You may seek advice in exploring new markets, improving and selling your art, and making connections with museums, gallerists, and art media.

REGISTER NOW! Spaces are filling fast!
AM sessions: 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm
PM sessions: 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm

To speak to more than one reviewer, you must sign-up for multiple sessions.

$65 per 20-minute session for non-members
$45 per 20-minute session for Danforth Art Professional Artist level members

REVIEWERS: (Read their full bios online)

· Marjorie Cohn is former head conservator of the Harvard University Art Museums. From 1990-1991 and 2002-2003, she was also the Harvard University Art Museums’ acting director. She served a four-year term as President of the Print Council of America, the international professional organization of curators of works of art on paper, 2001-2005.

· Bridget Lynch is an award winning artist and curator, currently Director of the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College and Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Art and Music. Lynch curates six professional shows per year which present a wide range of working styles by contemporary New England artists.

· Jessica Roscio is Associate Curator at Danforth Art. Prior to joining Danforth Art, she held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Roscio has an M.A. in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.

· Francine Weiss is an independent curator and educator. In her most recent position as the Curator at the Photographic Resource Center, Francine organized exhibitions of contemporary photography and editedLoupe journal. Prior to working at the PRC, Francine served as Acting Assistant Curator in the Dept. of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art. Currently a visiting critic and professor in the MFA program at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Francine critiques and advises students on their portfolios.

Danforth Art Museum/ School
123 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA 01702

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Art Quilters’ Retreat by Dee Conlon, This September in Hawaii

Aloha! Are you looking for a way to combine fiber art with a tropical vacation?  Well, here you go. Dee Conlon will be hosting the first of a series of Art Quilters' Retreats on Maui this September.

Create on Maui will happen from September 2 - 8, 2015 in South Maui.  We will dye fabric and learn a variety of techniques to enhance our quilts, with lots of time left to enjoy the beauty of our island. The cost per person is $795, but there is a discount for SAQA members and an Early Bird discount, bringing the price down to only $650!  That includes plenty of fabric for dyeing, all breakfasts and lunches, and more.

Registration is open for the September event, and will open shortly for the December event (as soon as details of the classes are completed).  I hope you can join us for a fun and productive week! ~Dee Conlon

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