Thursday, July 31, 2014

Solo Exhibition by Sandra Fromson at the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT fiber artist Sandra Bender Fromson! A solo exhibition of her felted garments is currently on display at the Mattatuck Museum.

See it now! The show runs until August 31, 2014


More about the Artist:
As a child, Sandra Fromson learned the skill and art of sewing from her mother. This life-long interest has evidenced itself in a variety of textile projects, from quilt-making to explorations in fiber.

Last year Fromson began making Butterfly coats and capes. She saw an opportunity to combine her loves of gardening and sewing and created the Pansy Coat and Monet’s Garden vest. Vividly hued both pieces are reversible, each revealing intricately composed passages of mixed colors that move through the fabric in curves and swirls. The amethyst colored Pansy Coat has a crumpled surface that allows hints of pink and gray to appear.

Mattatuck Museum
144 W. Main Street
Waterbury, CT

Museum Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.
OPEN LATE the first Thursday of the month until 7:30 p.m

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Five Fiber Friends" Opens Aug 3 at Fairhaven Furniture (New Haven, CT)


Five Fiber Friends was the brainchild of SAQA-CT artist Diane Cadrain, beginning in 2011.  Diane recruited 4 fellow fiber artists for a group show at Fairhaven Furniture's River Street Gallery.  She worked with Fairhaven's gallery coordinator Kate Paranteau to make the exhibition happen.

When Diane Cadrain, Trish Hodge, Mickey Lawler, Kate Themel and Diane Wright arrived with all their artwork on Friday morning, the gallery room was an overwhelming (but beautiful!) pile of frames and quilts, stacked and draped over every surface.


Luckily for this band of five diverse fiber artists, Kate Paranteau has a gift for putting eclectic pieces of furniture and artwork and together in different combinations to create charming little viewing areas.  She calls the process "making up stories".


One by one, the team got all the artwork on the walls, surrounded by beautiful handmade wooden tables, small sculptures, lamps and other furniture.  As a result, viewers can easily imagine a piece of fiber art hanging on the walls of their own home.

Five Fiber Friends - 34 

Five Fiber Friends - 49The Five Fiber Friends exhibition runs from
Aug 1 – Sept 21, 2014

Opening Reception Aug 3 at 2pm

Fairhaven Furniture
72 Blatchley Ave
New Haven, CT 06513


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Demonstration by Kate Themel at Windham Textile Museum (Willimantic, CT)

SAQA-CT fiber artist Kate Themel will lead a 90 minute demonstration at the Windham Textile & History Museum on Saturday August 16 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


Themel will present her raw-edge layering technique using freezer paper to trace, cut, and layer fabric into a fiber art composition. She will also answer questions from the audience as time allows.

Kate's art quilt, “Honey Bee,” is featured in the museum's current exhibition, “Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now,” which runs through September 7.

Windham Textile & History Museum is located at 411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT. Registration is strongly suggested.

The event is called “Building A Picture.” Admission is $10 per person. To register, call 860-456-2178 or email: 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Local Color Gets National Attention via Quilting Arts Magazine (Aug/Sept 2014 issue)

(image: Quilting Arts Aug/Sept 2014)

This month's issue of Quilting Arts Magazine features an article about SAQA Connecticut's regional show "Local Color", including images of eight exhibition quilts selected by the magazine.

Photo Jul 18, 10 24 16 AM

Artwork by Kate Themel, Ruth Anne Olson, Phyllis Small, Catherine Whall Smith, Barbara McKie, Kendell Storm, Norma Schlager and Diane Wright were hand picked by QA and professionally photographed for the magazine. Each quilt image includes the artist's name, title and statement about the piece.

Several of these quilts will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for Quilting LIVE! at the Sewing & Quilt Expo, September 11 – 13, 2014.

Other Highlights in this month's issue of Quilting Arts include:

  • Thread Dyeing 101 with Carol Soderlund & Melanie Testa
  • Thread Sketching for Beginners with Susan Brubaker Knapp
  • Custom Lettering on Cloth with Mary Ruzich
  • Faux Snow Dyeing with Candy Glendening

Order your copy today! You can purchase this issue or subscribe to Quilting Arts Magazine through QA's website:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Book the SAQA Trunk Show for Your Next Critique Group, Guild Meeting or Art Class

2014 Trunk Show

Curated by Eileen Doughty, the 25th Anniversary Trunk Show was designed to showcase SAQA’s diversity of talent and its mission to “promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.”

The trunk show is a wonderful way for members and non-members alike to view and engage with quilts made using a wide variety of styles, techniques, and fibers.

The 407 quilts are divided into eight trunks and each will travel a region of the world into 2017. To view all the quilts, access the alphabetical index, and view the travel calendar for each of the eight trunks, click here.


Here in CT we have "Trunk C" in our possession and available to show. Because each small piece is individually mounted and protected with a clear envelope you can look closely, compare, contrast, and be inspired. There is even a discussion guide included.

The schedule of showings in CT include the last regional meeting, a nursing home recreation program, guilds, art quilt small groups, and even a member’s birthday party. The exhibit will be mounted at the New Britain Museum of American Art from the end of September through January 2015.

The Trunk Show is currently committed for the following dates: July 15 - 29, August 21 - 25, and September 17 – 19, 2014. There are still plenty of dates open for additional venues!

If you would like to book the Trunk Show for a group, guild or shop this summer, contact Barbara Adams at


Monday, June 23, 2014

New Exhibition by CT Fiber Arts Collective: Jazz Tones

Please join the artists of Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective on Thursday, June 26 from 5 - 7PM at the 100 Pearl Street Gallery (Hartford CT) for the Opening of "Jazz Tones".


The Jazz Tones exhibition is a collection of fiber art and mixed media work that celebrates and depicts the diverse sounds of America's indigenous music. Participating artists include Christina Blais, Diane Cadrain, Carol R Eaton, Mary Lachman, Karen Loprete, Linda Martin, Wanda Seldon, Rosalind Spann, Antonia Torres and Carol Vinick.

The show runs June 15 – August 23, 2014 and features work by internationally acclaimed artist Ed Johnetta Miller.  Ed Johnetta will be at the Opening Reception, signing copies of Carolyn Mazloomi's book Textural Rhythms: Quilting in the Jazz Tradition

Carolyn Mazloomi is the recipient of the 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. The Bess Lomax Hawes Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.

Greater Hartford Arts Council, 100 Pearl Street Gallery
100 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mary Lachman's Aerial View Juried into Two Ohio Shows

Congratulations, SAQA-CT artist Mary Lachman! Mary's artwork Aerial View was juried into "Fiber 577" in Perrysburg, OH, June 7-8, 2014. Now the same piece is in "Fabulous Fibers 2014" at the Angelwood Gallery in Grand Rapids, OH from June 19-July 31, 2014.


Angelwood Gallery opened in 1993 under the ownership of Julie A. Beutler. The gallery, now in its eighteenth year of business features work of regional artists in all medias. Julie's pottery is a main focus of the gallery.

The Anglewood Gallery's "Fabulous Fibers" show features incredible fiber based work from talented artists across the US! It's the only show the gallery hosts each year that goes beyond their trademark regional Ohio artists.

Anglewood Gallery
24195 Front Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams
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