Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Meeting Notes: Oct. 18, 2014 at New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, CT)

Bento_LoveIsInTheAirFROM: SAQA-CT Regional Reps Catherine Whall Smith and Barbara C. Adams

MEMBER UP-DATE: We just added three new members to SAQA in CT.  Please Welcome Clare Aliberti, Paula Fullar, and Robin DeMuth Schofield

RE: Minutes - Saturday, October 18th, 2014
New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA)
New Britain, CT

We would like to thank all of our members that were able to attend our regional meeting at the NBMAA.  We had a packed agenda and thanks to everyone we did cover everything with plenty of time for "Show & Tell". 

We enjoyed viewing the show "Let Me Quilt One More Day" and our meeting drawing brought in about $41 - thank you Carol Eaton for being in charge of the raffle.  This money will be sent on to Martha Sielman to put in our CT account.

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Our morning break out session enabled 6 - 8 members at each table to discuss and list goals and activities for 2105.  The list was long but here are a few highlights of what members want:

- Meetings that offer speakers and demos, suggestions:

  • design and composition, how to improve your work to the next level
  • art critique
  • professional development
  • finding venues to exhibit and sell your work
  • speakers from other CT quilt guilds
  • members speaking about their business or special interests

– More time for Show and Tell!

- Quicker summary of things that are already on the SAQACT blog

- Opportunities to connect with artists outside of CT Regional meetings, suggestions:

  • Classes and Workshops
  • Parlor meetings: small group of artists in a local area who can later provide feedback to the larger group
  • Working in conjunction with other fiber art groups
  • Joint meetings with other SAQA regions

- Opportunities to make artwork and get involved, such as:

  • CT trunk show
  • Group "challenge" just for fun, not necessarily related to an exhibition or show


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Attendees agreed that they would be in favor of posting members names and where they live in on our SAQACT blog. This list will facilitate small local group meetings that members could host in addition to our 4 - 5 sate wide meetings.

However, not all of our members were able to make this meeting. If you DO NOT WANT your town listed next to your name, contact Catherine Smith - or: Barbara Adams  -  

If you change your mind we can always add or delete your town. Feel free to leave a comment on this blog with your ideas and suggestions.

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NBMAA - Tree Decoration up-date: Even though Anna was not able to attend this meeting - her committee logged in all of the pieces that were dropped off. Her last email included this statement: "I must tell you that the work for the tree is very impressive. I feel like I want to write a note to each one who has participated, the quality is excellent and I'm so proud to be arranging them on the tree. It will be just what we were hoping for."  THANK YOU MEMBERS!!!!

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After our morning meeting - members toured the museum and the show  "Let me Quilt One More Day"  Check the museum's website for on-going events at the museum - including;

October 30th – film “Quilts Matter” – Parts 1 through 6 will be on view throughout the day.

November 11th – Family Day with Leslies Giuliani

December 29th – Family Day – GHQG

January 4th, 2015 – Show closes

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1 - SHOW DATES: April 15th - 17th 2016 - Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Place: Southbury CT Invitational exhibit -  committee of volunteers - Carol Eaton and Karen Loprete has been formed.  They will work with Laureen Pekar and Barbara Dieroff to come up with the specifications, deadline, etc. for this invitational show. Place: Southbury CT  (Barb Adams and Catherine Smith will also be a resource for this committee.)

2. - SHOW DATES:  September 26th - January 17th, 2016 - Place: Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass.  "ART AS QUILT" - juried show open to MA/RI and CT SAQA members - On line entry opens May 1st, 2016 - closes May 31st, 2016. Notification goes out June 30th, 2016. Accepted quilts must be received by July 31st, 2016.

3 - NEW COMMITTEE: SAQACT Trunk Show - We will be developing our own SAQACT Trunk Show.  This will enable our group wo have something available  to share with guilds, libraries, galleries, and art centers to promote SAQACT.  Betty Warner, Nancy Monson, Mary MacIlvan ( and Hope Barton as a back up) will work with Rita Hannafin to get this project off the ground.  Their charge is to come up with the size specifications, and deadline for submission as well as other important "stuff".  (Barb Adams, Catherine Smith and Diane Wright will also be a resource for this committee.)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Call for Entries: Slater Museum's 71st Annual CT Artists Exhibition

The Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecticut invites you to enter:

February 8 through March 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 1 – 3pm


Download the prospectus and entry tags here:

The Annual CT Artists Exhibition is open to resident artists of Connecticut. 
Entries may include paintings, drawings, mixed media, textiles, sculpture, and graphics including photography. Two entries per artist. Artwork previously exhibited at the Slater Museum (in any previous show) is NOT eligible. 

Artwork must be hand delivered to the Slater Museum Atrium on Saturday and Sunday, January 24 – 25, 2015 between 1pm and 4pm.  Judging will take place on January 26 (weather permitting) and artists will be notified immediately following the judging.

The show will be juried by Dr. Cynthia Roznoy, curator at the Mattatuck Museum, who has organized more than 25 exhibitions of American art and history and has written essays for the catalogs that accompany them. She received a Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was director and curator at the Stamford, CT branch of the Whitney Museum of American Art, based in New York City until 2000, after which she taught art history at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. Prior to her arrival at the Mattatuck Museum in 2007 she worked as senior associate for Viart, a New York City corporate art consulting firm.

Up to $1000 may be awarded in prizes. Refer to website for updates on prizes in specific media. Award winners will be announced at 2 pm during the exhibition opening reception on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 1 - 3 pm.

More information about entries, fees and delivery of artwork can be found on the Exhibition Prospectus. 

The Slater Memorial Museum is on the campus of the Norwich Free Academy.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Exhibition at New Britain Museum Opens Oct 12 (New Britain, CT)

Fiber art by SAQA-CT members Barbara McKie, Norma Schlager, Anna Tufankjian and Kate Themel are included in a new exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art, "Let Me Quilt One More Day".

Kate Themel, New Year's Eve, 2012, Cotton, 44 x 41 in., Courtesy of the artist

Let Me Quilt One More Day
Saturday, Oct. 4–Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
Opening Reception
2-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
4 p.m. Remarks by Douglas Hyland

Let Me Quilt One More Day explores the long-standing practice and art of quilt making in the United States. This exhibition, curated by Dr. Douglas Hyland, brings together an extraordinary selection of over 40 historical and contemporary quilts ranging from traditional to modern designs and demonstrating both the practical application and artistic range found in this medium. The themes of Industry, Emotion, and Art loosely group quilts that vary greatly in material and artistic style.

Noted quilt authority Lynne Z. Bassett, advised on the selection of objects for this exhibition, and her catalogue essay adds immensely to our understanding of this craft and art form.

The exhibition contains works from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Mattatuck Museum, New Haven Museum and Historical Society, Fenimore Art Museum, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, and Connecticut Historical Society.

In addition we are fortunate to have works by contemporary quilters: Barbara Barrick McKie, Richard Killeaney, Todd Knopke, Norma Schlager, Denyse Schmidt, Marlene Shea, Kate Themel, Anna Tufankjian, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe along with works from the collections of others.

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052

p: 860.229.0257
f: 860.229.3445

SAQA Members: In case you miss the opening reception, our next  SAQA-CT regional meeting will be next Saturday, October 18 at the New Britain Museum.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Exhibition by FiberWorks Opens October 12 (Newtown, CT)

Western CT fiber arts group FiberWorks presents: TRANSFORMATION

On display at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library, Newtown, CT
October 10th through November 7th.

Opening Reception Sunday, October 12, 2014 2:00-4:00 pm

SAQA members Nike Cutsumpas, Barbara Drillick, Gwen Hendrix & Norma Schlager will have their work on display. This show of contemporary fiber arts explores & conveys many facets of evolution, reorganization, reclamation and transmutation. It includes quilting, weaving, felting and painting.


Cyrenius H. Booth Library
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 064760

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.


Later, attendees got to try it out for themselves.


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 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.

(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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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


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


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