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:

For information about how the auction works, visit:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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

Invitation to Exhibit


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:

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.


The First Church of Christ, Congregational

Open and print a copy of the exhibition form:

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.



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


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

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

Gallery 53
53 Colony St, Meriden, CT 06451
(203) 235-5347

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

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Catherine Whall Smith Earns the Alice Clark Hubbard Award at MAC (Mystic, CT)

SAQA-Connecticut's regional rep Catherine Whall Smith was honored to received the Alice Clark Hubbard Prize at the Mystic Art Center's 58th Regional Show, for her piece Tying Up the Hay #1


The exhibition will be on display August 1st – September 20th, 2014

The MAC Regional Exhibition, juried by Power Boothe, features a wide-range of creative voices and artistic media, including photography, oil, acrylic and carved wood.  Cathy's piece was one of the only fiber pieces juried into the show.

When asked about her work, Cathy says “The quilts I create are strongly influenced by my surroundings.  My Hay Series is based on my photos of rolled hay.  When they are enlarged they present an image of chaotic lines.  I use those chaotic lines to explore the visual spaced created when line meets line or lines overlap lines.”

Mystic Art Center
9 Water Street
Mystic, CT 06355 
(860) 536-7601 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Preview SAQA Auction Quilts: Bidding Starts September 15th at 2pm

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

See ALL 375 auction quilts on SAQA's website: Bidding starts September 15, 2014 at 2:00pm Eastern Standard time.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Work by Phyllis Small in Connecting Threads Exhibition (W.Hartford, CT)

"Connecting Threads" is a celebration of Jewish industry and artistry, on display at the Mandell Jewish Community Center's Chase Family Gallery. SAQA-CT artist Phyllis Small is participating in the exhibition and was recently interviewed about the show for the Hartford Courant

(Photo by Suzanne Carlson)

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"One of her pieces is a memory quilt she began when the owner of the kosher Crown Market announced in February that the store would close. “I shop there all the time," Small said. The community atmosphere of the store is beloved by many, she said, adding, "I was just so sorry it might be closing."

Investors have since stepped in and saved the market, but Small finished the quilt, which took about three months from conception to completion. It incorporates the store's logo, images of hot dogs and yellow mustard, and a square cut from one of the store's paper bags that Small treated with acrylic to make it more durable.

Small's other piece is a quilt that was built from blocks stitched by other crafters in a quilters guild that meets in Simsbury once a month.  Four times a year, the guild has a "friendship block raffle," in which each member creates a block based on a pattern. Small won one of the raffles and got to keep the completed blue-and white squares, to which she added more blocks to make a completed quilt.  Her daughter loved the quilt so much that she used it as her wedding chuppah.

"It really meant a lot to me that all my friends had donated blocks to that quilt," Small said. "And then when my daughter wanted to use it, it was like another layer of connection to the quilt."

The curated show of 30 pieces by 15 different fabric artists is free and open to the public through August. 

The Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Ave
W. Hartford, CT 06117


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