Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Dyeing Workshop by Carol R. Eaton at NBMAA Next Month

Interested in dyeing your own fabric?  Check out this new workshop by SAQA-CT artist Carol R Eaton at the New Britain Museum of American Art on March 29th:

Learn 3 fun ways to dye fabric!

The class will explore dyeing with ice, the low immersion process and confetti dyeing in a bag. Students will learn how the dye reacts differently to the 3 techniques. Students will gain an understanding of the dye process and tips on how to dye fabric successfully at home. The class will create 3 yards of one-of-a-kind fabric to take home!

Fabric and dyes included; students bring small containers, gloves, dust mask and a few other incidentals. Supply list available with registration.

Adult Studio Workshop
12:30-4:30 p.m.
Sunday March 29, 2015
Registration required
$70 members/$95 non members

New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kate Themel's "Fox" Chosen for SAQA:Wild Fabrications

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Kate Themel!

Kate's Red Fox, Blue Fox was accepted into the Studio Art Quilt Associates juried exhibition "Wild Fabrications".

Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical.  The exhibition will debut at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas in October and will then travel to IQF in Chicago, Illinois in March, 2016 and Quilt, Knit, Stitch in Portland, Oregon in August, 2016.

RedBlueFox1(image: Red Fox, Blue Fox by K.Themel)

Juror: Geoffrey Gorman
Curator: Jennifer Day

The full list of accepted artists can be found on SAQA's website:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Barbara McKie Earns Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation Award at CT Artists Exhibition, Slater Museum (Norwich, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Barb McKie, winner of the Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation Award for Excellence in Fine Crafts, for her quilt "Machu Pichu Visitor".

Barb McKie creates fiber art using the photographs she takes during her daily life and travel abroad, often depicting animals and nature scenes. Her work includes a combination of photo-printed fabric, machine applique, machine quilting and trapunto to create a textured, dimensional scene.  Barb described her creative process in an interview with Quilting Arts magazine:

"I manipulate the photos and sometimes I combine more than one. I print them out in multiple steps since my printer isn’t large enough to print the entire quilt at once, then appliqué together the different pieces of cloth using fusible web.
..One of my earlier quilts, 'Mommy and Me' was based on a picture I took in South Africa of a mother baboon and her baby. For this quilt, I did a lot more stitching to give the illusion of the hair and that kind of got me started on this thread sketching technique."

More of Barb McKie's work can be seen on her website:

Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation is a non profit foundation dedicated to the support and enhancement of the crafts community in New London County. 

The CT Artists Exhibition is on display now until March 20 at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, CT.

Slater Memorial Museum
108 Crescent Street
Norwich, CT 06360

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Workshops by Jane Davila at the NEST Arts Factory (Bridgeport, CT)

Jane Davila invites you to join her at the NEST Arts Factory this spring!

I'm delighted to announce new workshops at my studio at the NEST Arts Factory in Bridgeport for the Spring session. One special day, March 7, includes two workshops - one with me and one with Susan Taylor of Finished With Style, for a full day of surface design fun!

Susan Taylor shows you four different and unusual decorative finishes with a bit of "magic" in Magic Metals & More, and I'll help you harness the power of sunlight with SolarFast Dye Printing, using both masks and inkjet prints to create positives from printed negatives. Plus there are three other workshops, covering an assortment of topics.

Simple Screenprinting is an easy, no chemical way to print with a screen, creating designs with 1 to 3 or 4 colors, plus learn how to print with Thermofax screens. 
Four-Color Block Printing combines traditional printmaking with a bit of stitching and as a bonus, learn how to cut a mat, how to market and display prints, and more.
Introduction to Image Transfers
adds a wide variety of direct and indirect transfer methods to your toolbox, using your own photos -  there's a ton of in-depth information in this hands-on class.  All of the details are on the attached flyer and on my blog. Hurry, space is limited and payment holds your spot!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask: info (at) janedavila (dot) com

Jane Davila


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Notes from CTFAC's Opening Reception at Hartford Public Library (Hartford, CT)

Photo Jan 17, 10 36 23 AM (Image: Roz Spann speaks to SAQA-CT members and guests about CTFAC and the Romare Bearden project)

During our SAQA-CT regional meeting on January 17, Rosalind (Roz) Spann introduced nine members of Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CTFAC) and gave the background story behind their latest exhibition honoring Romare Bearden.
Each CTFAC member spoke about how they became interested in fiber art and how their involvement with this dynamic group has influenced them as artists. The tenth member of CTFAC, Wanda Seldon, arrived later.

After the SAQA meeting, members and guests were invited to go upstairs for the opening of "Art, History and Social Activism: CTFAC Honors Romare Bearden".
Thanks to library staff like Jeffrey Mainville, Program and Events Manager, visitors were treated to an informative, inspiring and well attended event including a reading by famed poet Kate Rushin.

Check out this YouTube Video to learn more about the show:


Part of the large and diverse collection was hung along the hallway while other pieces were displayed on shelves in glass cases.  (Image below) Linda Martin posed in front of her portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. during the installation of the show.

On opening day, it was difficult to get photos of the display because of the crowd of admirers!


Visitors were invited to gather in the History Center to learn more about this exhibit.  Brenda Miller, Chief Cultural Affairs and Public Programming Officer for the Hartford Public Library, introduced the show and gave a brief bio of Romare Bearden, while Roz Spann spoke on behalf of the CTFAC artists.
The exhibition was inspired by artist Romare Bearden who became active in the Harlem Arts Guild during the 1930's. Bearden was a prolific artist who worked in New York City as a social worker devoting nights and weekends to his art. Over his lifetime Bearden experimented with many mediums and is best known for his textured collages. The Collective paid homage to Bearden's commitment to civil rights and his contributions to the jazz and art communities.


Photo Jan 17, 1 54 45 PM(Image: poet Kate Rushin reads 3 works written/selected especially for this event)

(Image: All the artists of CTFAC pose together at the Opening – Christina Blais, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Wanda Seldon, Carol Vinick, guest poet Kate Rushin, Toni Torres, Linda Martin, Carol R Eaton and Roz Spann)

(Image: SAQA members Roz Spann, Barbara C. Adams, Kate Themel, Toni Torres and Carol R Eaton pose with a portrait of Romare Bearden made by R.Spann and T.Torres)

CTFAC10Congratulations on a fantastic show, and many thanks Carol R Eaton and her sister for all the great photos!

The "Art, History and Social Activism: CTFAC Honors Romare Bearden" exhibition will be on display at the Library from December 17, 2014 – March 13, 2015.
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Monday, January 12, 2015

Great Turnout for Opening Reception of NBMAA Juried Exhibition (New Britain, CT)

Yesterday was the opening of the 45th Annual Nor’easter at the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) and the museum was packed!  Even Governor Malloy was there to support the arts and see the show. All three of SAQA-CT's participating artists (Phyllis Small, Catherine Whall Smith and Kate Themel) attended the reception, which began at 1pm.  Anna Tufankjian, who has been very involved with exhibitions at the New Britain Museum, was also there to support her fellow artists in Connecticut.

(Photos by C.W.Smith)

Visitors at NBMAA included Governor Dannel Malloy

Phyllis Small

Catherine Smith Catherine Whall Smith 

Kate Themel2 Kate Themel 

The exhibition was juried by Sharon Butler (Artist and Author of the Art Blog Two Coats of Paint).  A printed statement about selecting artwork for NOR'EASTER was posted on the wall, offering visitors an interesting look inside Butler's mindset as the juror. 

It reads in part, "It seems to me imperative that an artist demonstrate aesthetic maturity to have work displayed in a museum.  Accordingly, my main criteria for selecting art for Nor'Easter were that the artwork indicate an artist's dedication to his or her practice, and that it manifest coherence and direction."  Butler later went on to describe the work she did NOT select, "I tended to disfavor paintings which, even if well executed, struck me as overly familiar or sentimental. I also avoided the ones with clichéd titles that I considered too sweepingly philosophical and impersonal, preferring a less grandiose approach."

Full statement by juror Sharon Butler

If you were not able to get to the opening reception yesterday, please make the trip to New Britain to see the show.  The New Britain Museum of American Art is open 7 days a week and the Nor'easter exhibition runs until January 25, 2015.

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

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Next Regional Meeting: Jan. 17, 2015 at Hartford Public Library (Hartford, CT)

SAQACT regional meetings are open to SAQA members and their guests. 

Reminder: MEETING RAFFLE - Don’t forget – if possible bring an item for our raffle. All monies collected will be added to out SAQACT account.

Sign-up for LUNCH
Thank you to our
Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CTFAC) hosts – we will be able to provide lunch for $10 per person.  DEADLINE to sign up for lunch is Tuesday, January 13th, 2015. Please contact Catherine Smith of your intent

The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective

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RE: SAQACT- Next Regional Meeting - Saturday, January 17th, 2015 

PLACE:  Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
(860) 695-6300

PARKING is available in the garage in back of the library as well as on-street all around this venue.  Check website for directions at

10:00 a.m. – Meet on the Main Level of the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture.  Sign in to the meeting and if you have pre-registered for lunch  - pay at this time.

10:15 – 11:00 Presentation by CTFAC members: Christina Blais, Diane Cadrain, Carol Eaton, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Linda Martin, Wanda Seldon, Rosalind Spann, Antonia Torres, and Carol Vinick. 

CTFAC members will talk about the development of their organization and their latest exhibition, "Art, History and Social Activism: CTFAC Honors Romare Bearden”.  The show will be on display at the Library from December 17, 2014 – March 13, 2015.

(image: Diane Cadrain stands with her exhibition piece "Fragile Ties")

Besides participating in the show the CTFAC artists will also have their hand-crafted items (scarves, jewelry, hats, pillows, notecards, placemats) for sale. 

11:15 - SHOW AND TELL – please limit to one or two pieces each


1:00  - The Library's Meet the Artists of CTFAC reception is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd Floor, West. This event is free and open to the public.

For Sale: Portfolio 21 Martha Sielman has notified us that we will be able to offer the Portfolio 21 at the discounted price of $20 at this meeting. 

Up-date:  PARLOR MEETINGS  - Co-rep Barb Adams was able to schedule a small Parlor meeting for five members in her region.  They gathered the first week in December and made plans to do it again in January.  They did a “Show and Tell” and peer consultation which made for a lively discussion.  Barb noted “that the fact that none of us knew each other well added to the fun.  Making new friends is an excellent benefit of SAQA.”  

NOTE* We are always looking for new venues to hold our state meetings – we have some new possibilities but are always in need of your input – maybe in Southwest CT.

We end 2014 very thankful to all of you - your support, your friendship, and your willingness to be a participating member of Studio Art Quilt Associates.
This past year presented many opportunities for us to grow as a group and there is so much more ahead in 2015.
Our best to you, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year 2015!!    

Barbara and Catherine 

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams
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