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:

The 71st ANNUAL CONNECTICUT ARTISTS EXHIBITION
February 8 through March 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 1 – 3pm

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Download the prospectus and entry tags here: http://www.nfaschool.org/uploaded/Slater_Museum_Files/Exhibitions/CT_Artists_Prospectus_-_2015.pdf

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. www.slatermuseum.org

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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".

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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

http://www.nbmaa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=56

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
www.nbmaa.org

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.

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Cyrenius H. Booth Library
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 064760
http://www.chboothlibrary.org/

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.

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Later, attendees got to try it out for themselves.

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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 www.saqa.com 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.

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(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.

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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
http://www.slatermuseum.org/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=235

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

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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
203.966.9700

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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: http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3220

For information about how the auction works, visit: http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=1186

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith

CT Rep Catherine Whall Smith
http://catherinewhallsmith.com/

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams

CT Rep Barbara C. Adams
b.c.adams @ comcast.net

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