SAQA Benefit Auction Opens Sept 18, 2015 at 2 PM

SAQA Benefit Auction Opens Sept 18, 2015 at 2 PM
SAQA Benefit Auction Opens Sept 18, 2015 at 2 PM

Monday, September 14, 2015

MEETING NOTES: SAQA-CT Gathering at Phelps-Hatheway House Sept 12th, 2015

If you were unable to attend the gathering on September 12, here’s a quick recap from SAQA-CT Rep Catherine Smith: Saturday was a beautiful day for doing just about anything – including our SAQA-CT “Gathering” with the SAQA members of the “Connecticut Fiber arts Collective" (CTFAC).

(Pictured: from left, Back row: Rosalind Spann, Mary Lachman, Carol Eaton, Francesca Lenville, Catherine Smith, Front row: Wanda Seldon, Carol Vinick, Debra Gluszczak, Barbara Adams, Antonia Torres and Nancy Turbitt) CTFAC members Carol Vinick, Christina Blais, Karen Loprete, Carol R. Eaton, Diane Cadrain, Linda Martin, Mary Lachman, Antonia Torres, Rosalind Spann, and Wanda Seldon really had their act together with their group show “Steeped in Stitches” at the Phelps-Hatheway House in Suffield Connecticut.

Carol Vinick

This historic property had the most beautiful out buildings including a huge barn that was filled with the groups’ art quilts.  Each quilt had a story and the members of Connecticut Fiber arts Collective shared those stories.   One continuous thread throughout each artist’s narrative was “and I used this piece of Carol Eaton’s fabric…” Carol also makes quilts, such as the one seen here:
 Carol Eaton

Notice the lovely hats and we did have a winner of the "Best Hat" contest.  Antonia Torres won a pair of hand crafted tea vessels, batik fabric, and a $25 gift certificate from Quilting by the Yard, LLC in Vernon, Connecticut.

 Anonia Torres

We had our tea in the Summer House, another beautiful open air building on this property. We all admired the workmanship of this building and wondered on the possibilities of reproducing it in our own backyards.

 Wanda Seldon
Rosalind Spann

We were delighted to welcome fellow SAQA members Nancy Turbitt from Rhode Island ( and Francesca Lenville from Massachusetts. Their presence and their stories added another dimension to our group – business cards were exchanged and we hope to meet up again with these fellow artists soon.   
During our relaxing tea and goodies, Claire Nartey (with daughter) joined us and later Kate Themel (with son) met up with the group.  Clara, Kate, and Nancy delivered their entries to Cathy for the up-coming juried show “A Celebration of Fiber Arts” at the Art Center East in Vernon, CT.  Please consider entering this show.  You should have received an email with the shows details but we will try to post it again on our SAQACT blog.

Linda F. Martin

In the afternoon Debra Gluszczak, Nancy Turbitt, and Catherine Smith joined one of the docents for a tour of this historic home.  The docent received our SAQA membership information as well as a copy of The art quilt sourcebook "Portfolio 21", which they will add to their library collection.  Mary Lachman gave her book talk at 2:00 p.m.

Mary Lachman

It was a full day – this show ends on Sunday, September 13th, 2015.  A huge thank-you to all who were able to participate in this event!
See additional photos and notes about this event on the SAQA-Massachusetts/Rhode Island blog

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Quilts by Barb McKie at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Lyme, CT)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist Barbara Barrick McKie, who will have 2 quilts on display at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts’ Annual Alumni Show.  The 2015 Alumni Exhibition, which was open to ALL media, was juried by Barbara Marks, David Shevlino and Robert Taplin.

The Exhibition runs from September 18 – November 14, 2015
Opening Reception Friday, September 18, 5 – 8pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm

McKie_Following Mommy

Barbara McKie’s quilts “Following Mommy” (image above) and “My Fishing Hole” are included in the Lyme Alumni show.  A selection of student work will also be on view in the Sill House Gallery.

University of New Haven
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Friday, August 28, 2015

Exhibition NEWS

Fiber artwork by SAQA-CT members Nike Cutsumpas, Liz Alpert Fay and Ruth Anne Olson have been juried into the "ON THE FRINGE  Explorations in Fiber" exhibit at the Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Public Library (Fairfield, CT).

The show will run from August 22 - October 11, 2015
with a Reception on Saturday, September 12, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Public Library
1080 Old Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824



Nike Cutsumpas and Norma Schlager, members of FiberWorks, will be exhibiting at the Cyrenius Booth Library, Newtown Library from September 25th thru October 29th, 2015 with a reception on September 26, 2015.

This is their annual autumn exhibit at the library.

Cyrenius Booth Library
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Special Invitation to SAQA Members: Join CTFAC for Tea at the Phelps-Hatheway House (Suffield, CT)

Luncheon Tea Party* at the Phelps-Hatheway House
Saturday, September 12, 201510:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wear a Festive Hat, Garden Party Attire!
Prize for Best Hat
Quilt Raffle
Gift Basket Raffle*
Advance reservations are required
RESERVATION DEADLINE for the Luncheon Tea Party is Sept. 8, 2015
Don’t wait to make a reservation! The Luncheon Tea Party is open to SAQA members in CT, MA and RI but space is limited to 30 people.
To sign up for the Luncheon Tea Party, contact Catherine Smith:
Tea Party is $15 per person, which includes admission to the Quilt and Textile Show.
Menu: tea sandwiches, fruit salad, tea and cookies.

If you are not a SAQA member or otherwise unable to attend the special Tea Party Luncheon:
Other events at the Phelps-Hatheway House, including the CT Fiber Arts Collective Quilt and Textile Show, are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC on Saturday, Sept 12 from noon to 5 pm and Sunday, Sept 13 from 11am to 4pm.
Lectures, demonstrations & unique items for sale will bring color & inspiration to the Phelps-Hatheway’s rustic 1867 barn.  A book signing by Mary Lachman, author of Moth at the Window will take place in the Summer House.
Admission is $5 for Quilt Show, or FREE with purchase of a house tour. This event coincides with the town’s popular Suffield on the Green festival.
For more information on the artists, visit:, or
Phelps-Hatheway House
55 South Main Street
Suffield, Connecticut 06078

Thursday, July 30, 2015

We Need Mentors! A message from Sue Bleiweiss, Mentorship Coordinator


Now that the mentorship program has been underway for several weeks I thought I would post an update on how it’s going and provide some statistics and other information about it. 

So far 12 matches have been made and all the mentees have met with their mentors at least once via Skype, FaceTime or telephone to talk about their objectives and goals and to set up a regular communication schedule with each other.   Everyone is very excited about their new partnerships and I couldn’t be happier about that.

You might be wondering who these mentors are so I am going to tell you!  I’m sharing their names with their permission of course and they are:
Pamela Allen
Sue Bleiweiss
Lisa Call
Jenny Bowker
Sherri Culver
Kathleen Loomis
Alison Schwabe
Pamela Druhen
Carol Ann Waugh
Susan Polansky
Phylis Cullen

Each of them have signed on to work with at least one mentee and a couple are working with more than one.   I am grateful for their willingness to sign on to be a part of this program because the success of the program really hinges on having enough mentors.  And that brings me to my next statistic…

I have 9 mentees on the waiting list waiting to be matched up with a mentor.  I need more mentors!
So I am once again putting out the call for mentors.  Now I know that being a mentor isn’t for everyone, and I absolutely understand and respect that. But I’m guessing that there are some of you out there who are thinking you might be interested but you’re not sure about it because you are not sure how to be a mentor or what areas or categories you can mentor someone in.  To answer those questions, just pop over to the SAQA website here:

All the information about the program is there and if you take a look at both the mentor and the mentee applications (regardless of which you want to apply for) those will also help answer your questions.  If you still have questions or your unsure, then write to me at sue@....  I will be happy to talk with you about the program and how you can be a part of it. 

The mentorship program is just one of the programs brought to you by the SAQA membership committee.  The committee is chaired by Diane Wright and is made up of volunteers Clara Nartey (Secretary), Sue Bleiweiss, Paula Huffman Brown, Sharon Buck, Christine Hager-Braun, Candice Phelan, Allison Reker, Desi Vaughn, and Martha Wolfe.  We meet once a month to discuss, brainstorm and develop programs and initiatives related to areas of membership. Watch for updates about the committees other programs and initiatives in future emails.

By the way - if you're curious about what other committees that SAQA has you'll find that information on the SAQA website here:

Sue Bleiweiss
MA/RI regional co-rep
Membership committee volunteer
Mentorship program coordinator

Friday, July 24, 2015

Deadline Next Weekend: ARTISTIC WANDERINGS, Norwich Arts Center (Norwich, CT)

Attention ALL visual artists! 

Don’t miss the opportunity to enter your artwork into “Artistic Wanderings” at the Norwich Arts Center (NAC).

Exhibition Dates: August 5 – 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7

Work must be dropped off at NAC for jurying.
Norwich Arts Center
60-64 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360

Drop off dates: Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, 2015
between 12 - 4 PM

Juror: Donita Aruny, Program and Marketing Director for the Shoreline Arts Alliance

**Over $1600 in prize money will be awarded!**

Available Awards: $250 for 1st prize, $125 for 2nd prize and for
3rd prize: free rental space for 1 month in “Gallery Too”, sponsored by NAC. Any 2-dimensional work is eligible (except photography)

Plus 5 additional $250 prizes for Fine Craft, sponsored by the Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation. Eligible work includes pottery, weaving, jewelry, textile, woodworking and metal.

PROSPECTUS for Artistic Wanderings 2015

ENTRY FORM for Artistic Wanderings 2015

For more information, visit the NAC website:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rita Hannafin Interviewed at Sacred Threads (Herndon, VA)

Congratulations to SAQA-CT artist, Rita Hannafin!

Rita was at the Artist Reception for “Sacred Threads” in Herndon, Virginia and was interviewed for the Quilt Alliance: Go Tell It at the Quilt Show

You can watch Rita’s and dozens of other artists’ interviews on the Quilt Alliance YouTube channel:


All the participating artists in “Sacred Threads” were invited to speak about their work. Accepted artists include SAQA-CT members Christina Blais, Diane Cadrain and Mary Lachman. A full list of participating artists can be found on Sacred Threads’ website:

Rita’s quilt will now be listed in the National Registry of Quilts.  Rita enjoyed the reception, as she put it: “The catalogue is fantastic, and it was great having other artists sign it…  I was also interviewed for a documentary specifically being made for Sacred Threads, so this was a really great experience.”

Another piece by Hannafin, Threaded Cat Blues, was accepted into the “Out of the Blue” exhibit at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell MA.  The Artist Reception will be on Saturday, Aug 15 and the exhibit runs until September 19th.

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams
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